A user experience designer is not the same as a user interface designer. Their tools are collaboration, research and design thinking. Not Sketch or Photoshop.
Recently while in Iceland I had a wide ranging conversation with Sigurjón Ólafsson. We covered a range of subjects from sparking a user experience revolution to education in web design.
There is a chronic under-investment in training around digital subjects. This leads to employee turnover, a lack of innovation and a failure to keep up with digital evolution.
Recently on Twitter I shared some comments about the selection of speakers at conferences. These comments polarised opinion and caused a lot of hurt. In this post, I want to apologise and share some of the things I learned.
How often do you think about your career path? Do you ever consider where you want to end up? Do you wonder whether retirement will be an option? No matter how early you are in your career, now is the time to start thinking about these things.
More than anything, establishing trust is the key to getting hired. But how do you persuade clients to trust you?
When you work in digital you hear all the time that we should embrace our failure. But is that true and how do we convince our boss of that?
High quality bespoke design can generate return on investment. But custom design is not always the right solution. Sometimes design assets you buy-in are the most appropriate solution.
Every year we send our clients Christmas cards and gifts they don’t actually care about. This year, lets do something more worthwhile with the money instead.
As web designers we think our skills lie in the code we write or the interfaces we build. In truth that is not where our real value lies and if we don’t grasp that soon we could become obsolete.
As digital professionals, we should apply the same rigour to our client’s experience as we do to the experience of end users.
As digital professionals we should be blogging. Yet regularly blogging is tough. But after 10 years of blogging almost every week, I have discovered a few tips that will help you find your blogging rhythm.
As many of you know I consider myself a practising Christian. Recently Kelly Baader interviewed me on her entrepreneurial podcast aimed at the Christian community. In the interview we discuss the social responsibilities I believe we have as entrepreneurs.
Running your own business is not necessarily what we expected. We often work longer hours under more stress. But as I explain in a post for the media Temple blog, it does not need to be this way.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” A lesson for web designers everywhere!
As entrepreneurs we need to step back from day-to-day operations. We need to explore what would happen if we approached our business in a different way.
In today’s knowledge economy digital professionals are the most valuable commodity organisations have. Don’t stay somewhere that doesn’t appreciate that.
Writing a job description for a digital professional requires a unique approach. That is because demand outstrips supply.
Are we doomed? Is the proverbial parrot dead, or is it just resting? Are we currently witnessing the demise of the digital agency?
Recently I did an interview with Izabela Russell from New Media Europe where we talk about a range of issues from UX to career progression.