Change

"The only thing that is constant is change" ― Heraclitus I've never had a favorite season. Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer. None of them are my favorite. I like the in between. The transition. I like the change. The smell of fall with its cool air effortlessly flowing through each deep breath…

Tiiny

Tiiny is an app that I've been using the last few days since it came out. The premise is simple. Share tiny little photos (and videos) that disappear after 24 hours. It's a neat concept that seems to remove unspoken barriers that build up naturally in any other "social network…

How to Create a Big Blurry Image with Photoshop, Illustrator, or Sketch

Blurry images are like Hansel, so hot right now. There's a few different ways to create them, so we'll look at this technique in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Sketch. First and foremost, the software you use depends primarily on what you're comfortable creating in, as well as the specific reason your…

Richard Sachs

Richard Sachs has been building bicycle frames since 1972. He's a one-man shop, sells custome-made frames starting at $4k, and has a seven year waiting list. From his website: "I firmly believe that my high standards have been a bit easier to achieve because I do work alone. I have…

5 Watches on My Shortlist

About 6 months ago I slung my backpack over my shoulder and my watch got snagged and hit the pavement. I've wanted to get a replacement ever since, but haven't made it a priority. With Apple's Watch announcement yesterday, suddenly I'm thinking about watches again. Here are a few that…

Fear and Doubt

At one of my first jobs out of college, I worked at a very unique place where my employer was building a mono fin that strapped to your feet so you could swim like a dolphin. It was a pretty incredible manufacturing feat comprised of carbon fiber, CNC machined aluminum…

Refine

Spiderman didn't start off in his fancy suit, he started in jogging pants and a ski mask. Basecamp started without an automated payment system. Product Hunt started as an email list. Whatever you are thinking about pursuing or creating, start small, start humble, and do the hard work first. Don't…

Cancer

I got the news today that one of my best friend's dad just passed away. After a year of battling cancer, it ultimately spread and took over. Suddenly everything I'm doing seems trite and unimportant. Shortly after I graduated high school, another best friend of mine lost his mom to…

30-day Blog Challenge

Last week my friend, Colin, tweeted that he'd be posting on his blog everyday for the next thirty days. I immediately thought that I should do the same as my blog's gotten a bit dusty over the last few months. Low and behold, as if a mere indirect challenge wasn't…

People First, Money Second - A Tale of Two Chiropractors

I've visited two chiropractors in the last year due to a weird pain in between my left shoulder blade and spine. The pain isn't unbearable - more like a subtle, annoying, someone standing too close to you while having a conversation, sort of pain. Not entirely debilitating, but you wish…

The Thing With Money

I recently got an email from a young guy in Hong Kong. He's just getting started in graphic design and emailed to ask me about pricing techniques. Ah, It seems like just yesterday I was sitting in graphic design class asking my professors the same questions about the dark art…

Plan to Fail

My family and I traveled to my in-laws for the fourth of July weekend. Unlike the cliche of this being a nightmarish experience, we very much look forward to heading down to Vidalia, GA and always have a great time. To make my time even more enjoyable, I brought my…

Tools Don't Matter

Which piece of software should you use for interface design? There are many good answers and opinions about this question but the bottom line is - you should use the one that yields the best results. Although this is the one true answer, there is a lot packed into a…

#663399Becca

I've never met Eric Meyer, but my oldest son is 6 and the thought of losing him crushes me. When people started changing their avatars purple, I silently thought to myself, "What good is that going to do? Why would you do that if you didn't even know them?" Then…

Create a Settings Icon in Illustrator CC

Lots of times, I will create icons like this on the fly, while designing interfaces in Photoshop. However, it's generally a good idea to keep these as separate assets in the event you want to do anything else with them. Creating icons in Illustrator gives you more flexibility for your…

Let's Not Kill the Hamburger Icon Just Yet

Why don't we, I don't know, talk to it for a while - see if he'll give us any information. It's obvious he knows something, so before we go all fire and brimstone on him, let's tie him to a chair first and do a little friendly Q & A…

Why You Should Think Twice Before Importing a Gumroad Customer Email List Directly Into MailChimp

Now that I've gotten started on a new thing, I was eager to start emailing my existing Gumroad customers, who purchased my Illustrator and InDesign Wireframing Kit, as well as my standard newsletter subscribers, in an attempt to spread the word. In my zealousness, I did something that was not…

A New Thing

This past January, something interesting happened. I impulsively decided to sell a tiny product, moments before I almost decided to give it away for free. The product is simple. It's basically a stripped down version of a client project, that shows my process behind organizing wireframes using Illustrator and InDesign…

Audio Equipment

I've got plans to create something new and decided to do it right with some proper equipment. After using Twitter to get quick feedback on a podcast mic, I got several different suggestions. Best starter podcast/videocast mics that I can talk my wife into letting me purchase? …

The Grass is Greener Where You Water It

Photo Credit: Thomas Bresson Four years ago I met Matthew Smith, who has an equally awesome name as myself. My wife was really into couponing at the time and frequented a site called Southern Savers to get her deal fix. Naturally, I would catch glimpses of the site here and…