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The Chicken or the Egg? Explaining Our Early Product Design Decisions at Userlist.io

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“You need to get comfortable being uncomfortable.”

This was the blunt feedback one of our early adopters gave us during his onboarding call.

As co-founders, we’d spent the past several months doing customer research for Userlist.io, collecting a round of pre-orders, and using our findings to build a very raw MVP. Now, we were finally ready to invite our first few customers into the product. (more…)

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Getting Started in UI/UX: How to Pursue Your Career

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UI/UX is trendy and lucrative these days. The demands are growing, too! Every day I meet more people who are just starting out in UI/UX — moving in from other design industries like print or web design, or coming in from development or product management.

This roadmap will help you pursue a professional career in UI/UX, from day one to your first paid client project and beyond. It’s definitely opinionated, and I’m sure there’s a thousand other ways to achieve your goals.

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UI Breakfast Year in Review 2017

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The new year is around the corner, and it’s time to pause and self-reflect. This year was very productive: I did plenty of consulting, grew my podcast, published another book, sold my SaaS product, and started a new one.

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UI Practicum #11. Real-Life UI Audit Example: BuzzSumo

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Today I’m sharing a custom UI audit report for BuzzSumo — a popular analytics tool for content marketers. I’ve always admired their product success story, and did a little dance when they asked me for UI/UX help.

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UI Practicum #10. Is Full Customization Always the Best Choice? (Three Ways to Handle Reminders)

Every single day founders (myself included) are bombarded with feature requests. Our gut instinct is to rush ahead and provide as much customization “power” as we can. But do users really need endless choices? Today we’ll explore three possible levels of customization. You’ll see how three web applications handle reminder settings in totally different ways.

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How Sean D’Souza Changed Everything I Know About Pricing

Until yesterday, I’ve been a confident user of a three-tier pricing strategy. But then Sean D’Souza (author of my favorite book, The Brain Audit) came along with his talk at Double Your Freelancing Conference in Stockholm. His pricing method turned my world upside down. So I’m sharing his method with you!

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How to Automate Onboarding for Your Podcast

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Some podcast hosts think that automation makes guest interactions less personal. I see their point! But both my guests and myself are busy people. Automation speeds up the process, eliminates email exchange, and prevents both parties from forgetting things (which happens all the time). Also, I’ve been getting plenty of compliments about such professional setup. (more…)

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Turning Thirty: Story of My Life

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Today I’m turning 30, and I’m thrilled to share this milestone with you. Unlike previous birthdays, this one feels somewhat dramatic.

As something special, I decided to write down my bio. I’ve done many interviews, but there’s rarely an opportunity to share details. So I’m stealing the spotlight today! You’ll learn about my childhood, my first dozen jobs, and why Jane Portman isn’t my real name.

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UI Breakfast Year in Review 2016

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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

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

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