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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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UI Practicum #8. Painful Problems with Lists (Video Teardown of MailChimp)

Even the most advanced, polished apps can have painful UX flaws. Today I’m doing a video teardown of MailChimp, powerful email marketing software that I use every day. We’ll walk through certain problems with lists and menus, and identify common rules for them. Watch the video below for details.

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Website Teardowns Live #2 (Webinar Recap)

We’re getting together again to review your websites! The previous webinar collected raving reviews, and plenty of websites were left untouched. So myself, Kurt Elster and Nick Disabato are going live again to tear down a few more sites. Watch this recording to hear actionable feedback that everyone can apply in their own business.

In 60 minutes of the webinar, we review a number of websites submitted by you. We give actionable recommendations on visual design, conversion rate optimization, copywriting, marketing, and product development.

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Website Teardowns Live (Webinar Recap)

Everyone has a website, but not every website is as effective as it could be. We’re here to help! For this webinar, I’m bringing in two awesome guests — Kurt Elster and Nick Disabato. The three of us join forces and provide actionable, constructive critique of your websites. Such critique will be useful for anyone watching, not just the website owner.

In 60 minutes of the webinar, we review a number of websites submitted by you. We give actionable recommendations on visual design, conversion rate optimization, copywriting, marketing, and product development.

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UI Practicum #8. What are Your Brand Values? (Hands-On Exercise)

Building a product, putting together a team, or promoting a personal consulting brand? This exercise will help you stay true to your values in the rush of everyday tasks. Today is the day when you’ll define your brand in simple human words.

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UI Practicum #7. How to Optimize a Workspace (Video Teardown)

We face multiple challenges when designing workspaces. How do we keep it clean while making it functional enough? How do we decide which features are important?

Today I’m doing a video teardown of Bookagram, an iPhone app created by my friend Goran Blagus. It helps users quickly design printable photo books. Watch the video below to see how the app works, and how we can make it better.

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The 1-Hour UI Audit: Get the Free Course

With this free email course you’ll conduct a simple do-it-yourself audit of your web app: eliminate the obvious design flaws, gain control of your features, and start building the UI that customers really want.