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.
I’m thrilled to have written a guest post for A Smart Bear about how value pricing earned more money with fewer sales. It’s a counterpoint to Sacha Greif’s post last week about the pricing strategy for his ebook. Since we both launched our design ebooks on the same day and used different pricing strategies, the [...]Read more.