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Start Here: Your Essential Content Guide

My dear friend, here’s a curated list of content organized by topic. I put it together for you, so that you can learn the essentials of our business ecosystem without paying top dollar for expensive training.

It starts with my own books and talks, and continues with other resources organized by topic. Note: I only include resources that are either free or very affordable.

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UI Breakfast Year in Review 2016

Year in Review Illustration

My dear friend, it’s time to pick up the stones and line up the ducks. This year at UI Breakfast was big! Read on to see how different ideas worked out, and what the plans are for the upcoming year.

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Black Friday Deals for Consultants & Freelancers

Illustration: Deals for Consultants and Freelancers

My dear friends, happy crazy Black Friday! Here’s a roundup of the best deals for consultants and freelancers.

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The UI Audit: Why I Did a Rewrite of the Sales Page

Dear friends, I just did a big rewrite of The UI Audit sales page. In this post you’ll learn more about the process and the thinking behind it. To celebrate this little change, I’m doing a book sale! Use the promocode REWRITE39 on checkout to get 39% off any of the book packages.

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How to Build a SaaS Product While Having Limited Technical Skills

Being a SaaS founder is no easy feat if you don’t possess necessary technical skills. Today I’m answering a question by Tobey Tozier, a designer from Portland, Maine:

“Say you have a big idea for a SaaS project, but many of the skills needed to execute it are outside your expertise as a designer. Where do you start?”

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Should You Include Solutions or Mockups in Your Proposal?

How do you win the heart of a new client? Should you do free work to quickly illustrate your skills? Here’s a question from Tiffany Teng, a UI/UX designer based in Malaysia and Singapore:

“In order to win a client project, would you recommend us to include mockups (proposed solutions) in the proposal? And why?”

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Founder Freedoms: How to Stay Accountable in a Healthy Way

What if you’re falling behind on a promise you gave to your audience? Ben Gremillion (from this podcast episode) is asking a great question today as the founder of Grawlix CMS:

“We’re in the midst of a major overhaul to our web app. But we’re behind deadline by… well, quite a bit. So far people using our software and donating to our team have been patient, but I’m concerned that won’t last. We write blog posts and tweet regularly to let people know we’re still around. What else can we do to reassure people that our product isn’t vapor- or abandon-ware?”

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How to Publish Professional & Tactful Teardowns

Today I’m answering a question from Anna Sabramowicz, an e-learning strategist. Anna would like to publish teardowns within her knowledge domain, and is asking for advice:

“Teardowns are obviously an excellent way to show domain expertise and market yourself. My question is, should I simply find things that are public on the web and do a teardown? Or should I be more formal and notify the owner, or ask for permission? Any lessons learned or things I should watch out for?”

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UI Practicum #9. Three-Column Layout in Web Apps (Video Teardown of Tito)

How do you organize your web app when you have multi-level navigation and tons of settings to manage? Here’s a good example to learn from. Today we’re doing a brief teardown of Tito, simple and powerful event management software that has become the industry standard lately.

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UX Mapping Workshop with Andy Parker (Recap)

User experience mapping is a hands-on technique that helps you gain empathy with your users, highlight new opportunities, and unlock potential barriers. In this 60-minute webinar, UX coach and designer Andy Parker of We Are AFK will show you how to effectively run a user experience mapping session with your clients or colleagues.

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UI/UX Training Tour in London, August 27—September 3

Exciting news! I’m going to London August 27—September 3 to do a series of training events. Please find event details and book your tickets below. (more…)

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