UI Breakfast Blog

"This blog looks so helpful. My face lit up like a kid's face after seeing an ice cream."

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…)

Read more

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.

(more…)

Read more

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.

(more…)

Read more

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.

(more…)

Read more

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.

(more…)

Read more

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.

(more…)

Read more

UI Practicum #6. What if Your Users are Ignoring an Important Feature?

Sometimes SaaS founders end up in a very interesting situation. You have a cool feature in your web app, but users downright ignore it! It’s not that they can’t find this feature — they aren’t even looking for it.

Ouch! It hurts, because you invested your time into building this awesome, useful thing… And nobody cares for it. What can you do to prevent this from happening?

(more…)

Read more

How to Run a Smart SaaS Business: BaconBiz 2016 in a Nutshell

Productized Consulting Roundtable at BaconBiz 2016

I’m writing this on a plane as I’m flying from New York City to Moscow. BaconBizConf 2016 in Philadelphia turned out to be amazing, and I want to share my personal takeaways with you — so that you can apply them in your business.

(more…)

Read more

UI Practicum #5. How to Deal with Complex Pricing Models

Earlier in UI Practicum we dramatically optimized a scheduling screen by identifying the most common use cases and separating them from each other (read the full story here).

Today we’ll help Dave Rodenbaugh to optimize some settings for their AWPCP project (which stands for Another WordPress Classifieds Plugin). Dave was inspired by our previous example and concluded that we can apply the same principle for his case.

(more…)

Read more

UI Practicum #4. Everything Your Need to Know About Thumbnails

In this issue of UI Practicum we’ll talk about best practices around thumbnail views. Photo galleries, ecommerce stores, visual blogs — that’s where you’ll need thumbnails most often.

In plain English, a thumbnail is a small preview image, accompanied by a text label. Sounds easy, right? But there’s a ton of potential design traps! Let’s make sure you don’t fall into them with your next project.

(more…)

Read more

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.