For too long, you’ve been locked out of the world of design. Today, I’m throwing open the gates. Great design is within your reach. Your business deserves the best. So I built a design tool to help you succeed. Your new design is going to turn heads and earn sales, or I’ll refund your money. [...]Read more.
This post is the third in a series of development updates about http://cascade.io. You can read the first post and second post for the full history. A Quick Preview Here are 6 screenshots of test pages. They are split between the two layouts I have built so far for Cascade, and each uses different color [...]Read more.
This post is the second in a series of development updates about http://cascade.io. You can read the first post to learn about Cascade’s color schemes and why I’m releasing it as a framework. If you can code it, you can design it. When you first boot up Cascade, it’s going to be intoxicating. You’ll have [...]Read more.
I haven’t shared much information about Cascade or my progress building it for a few months. So today, I’m starting something new. I’m going to start sharing regular updates about the design & development of Cascade. Sharing these regular updates will allow a couple of things. First, it keeps me accountable. Second, it gives you [...]Read more.
I’ve had to relearn certain aspects of design now that I’m running my own business. I’m making decisions I’d have considered a major error only a short time ago. Like putting the logo below the fold. Or using a color that doesn’t match the rest of the palette on purpose. On purpose! The proof it [...]Read more.
For coders who are bootstrapping a business, design feels impossible. You wish you could afford a designer. The value an experienced designer could bring to the table is immense. But it’s just not an option. So maybe you use a template or try to hack a design together yourself and live with the results. You [...]Read more.
It’s time again for all those year-end blog posts about design trends. They’re fun to read, but they contain a hidden implication you might miss: design and fashion are easily confused. Now, any designer will denounce design-as-fashion and proudly state that great design is timeless. We can point to any number of famous works in [...]Read more.
I’ve been searching for a way to (without more effort than warranted) construct a poll like Netflix does in their fantastic emails. If you aren’t familiar, the emails include an invitation to rate a movie or its picture quality. All you have to do is click one of the stars or links. Then your browser [...]Read more.
Update: There’s a discussion at the Hacker News thread. (And, Greetings, HN folks.) I launched my design ebook for startup founders on March 20th, 2012. On May 25, I broke $30,000 in sales volume. Here’s what I learned. Research customers. 6 months ago, the idea of writing a book was inconceivable. I’ve never wanted to [...]Read more.
Designers should learn to code. We’ve been talking about it for years, and the attention this issue rightfully earned brought about a change: designers are writing code now more than ever. This movement has produced an interesting and unintended consequence: the line between designer and coder is blurring. I propose we remove the line altogether. [...]Read more.