My new course: An Introduction to UX Design

Posted on: March 14th, 2014 by patrick


I am pleased to say that my new course, An Introduction to UX Design,  through HOW Deisgn University is set to launch in about two weeks. I made a quick video to describe what the course contains and who might be interested in taking it. I hope you join me for this four week adventure in the world of UX design!

If you want to register head over to the HOW U. site.


HOW Interactive Design Conference 2013 Presentation

Posted on: November 5th, 2013 by patrick 1 Comment


Many thanks to everyone that attended my Workshop at this year HOW Interactive Design Conference in Chicago. As advertised, I am posting a full PDF of the presentation here.

For those of you that did not attend, please know that this 3 hour session was set up to cover three topics. As such, the presentation is a bit long and has three distinct parts.

Download a full PDF here.

Join me in Chicago this November

Posted on: October 16th, 2013 by patrick No Comments


This November I am speaking at the HOW Interactive Design Conference and I wanted to share some details with you about the event. I have spoken at a number of events, and I am particularly excited about this one and the topics being covered.

There are so many conferences to pick from that cover every aspect of the web. But what I love about the HOW event is that we always keep it so tightly focused on designer related issues. Yes, we talk about technology, we weave it into our talks - after all it's the web and you can't avoid it. However, the focus is always on the designer.

Over the years the process of designing for the web has gotten more and more complex. When I look at the line up we have this year I am excited to see the role this three day event can play in a designers growth and value in the marketplace. Gone are the days when designers can flippantly design for the web - and we welcome an era where strategy, planning and best practices win out. If you want to amp up your skills with training from some of the best minds in the industry this is the place for you. Frankly speaking I am humbled to be a part of this amazing crew and I really hope you will join me in Chicago this year.

The event is in Chicago November 5-7. If you do want to attend be sure to use promo code "PATRICK" to save $50.

Introducing Design Meltdown Live

Posted on: October 29th, 2012 by patrick No Comments


If you know me I am always building something new and finding new ways to spread ideas. With this in mind, I want to tell you about something I'm up to that I think you'll really dig. I'm calling it Design Meltdown Live.

Two of my favorite web design topics are trends and inspiration. Starting this December, I'm putting on a series of live webinars that will focus on these two topics.

The Trend Report - December 6, 2012

As I research the many articles and books I write, I find and test a ton of web tools to find the real gems. Along the way I also encounter a wide spectrum of design trends. If these sound like interesting topics, I invite you to join me for The Trend Report, scheduled for Dec. 6, 2012, an hour-long presentation of my favorite resources, trends and tools.  I promise to only feature assets and resources that I have personally vetted. No filler — just pure awesomeness.

Register for The Trend Report

The Inspiration Challenge - January 10, 2013

In this 90-minute webinar on Jan. 10, 2012, I will deliver an inspirational sucker punch. This session will be a mix of resources and guidance for finding inspiration and challenges to get you going. I guarantee you'll leave this webinar inspired, motivated and empowered to go find your own fresh ideas.

Register for The Inspiration Challenge

I hope to see you at one or both of these events!

Web Hosting 101 – As presented at HOW ID 2012

Posted on: September 27th, 2012 by patrick No Comments


I am happy to share with you here my presentation from the 2012 HOW Interactive Design Conference. My presentation was an introduction to web hosting. This included a primer on domain names, DNS and web hosts. You can view the slide show here or on slideshare.



As usual I am up to my ears in web design trends. This time around were taking a look at current technology trends that are forcing change in the designers workflow. Ultimately this is forcing many designers to adapt to new methods and radically change the way they work. Some of this is probably not new news, but hopefully it was delivered in such a way that it had some new meaning and useful tools along with it. As promised here are the links from the presentation:


Efficiency is something I am rather passionate about, and I was fortunate enough to be invited to the 2012 Creative Freelancer Conference to speak on just that topic. In my presentation I actually presented 19 tools because I just couldn't resist packing as much valuable content into the presentation as possible. Below are all of the tools and url's referenced in the presentation as well as any promo codes I had to go with them.

  1. http://www.google.com/apps/
  2. http://lessaccounting.com/ (promo code CFC2012)
  3. http://lesstimespent.com/
  4. http://www.getharvest.com/ (promo code HOW)
  5. http://www.freshbooks.com/
  6. http://www.minutebill.com/
  7. https://signnow.com/
  8. https://www.hellofax.com/
  9. https://trello.com/
  10. https://www.ticksy.com/
  11. http://rapportive.com/
  12. https://www.dropbox.com/
  13. http://evernote.com/
  14. https://lastpass.com/
  15. http://ifttt.com/
  16. http://www.rightinbox.com/
  17. http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html
  18. https://gumroad.com/
  19. http://wufoo.com/
  20. https://www.odesk.com/

HOW University Principles of Web Design promo code

Posted on: December 15th, 2011 by patrick No Comments


If you register for my first class with HOW University, be sure to use the promo code "pmcneil" to save  $40. 

My first class is on the basic Principles of Web design and will cover everything from the basic terminology to the core conecepts you need to know. This class is particuarlly suited to those transferring their skills from print to the web.

In this course you’ll learn:

  • The language of the web (You’ll finally be able to decode all that alphabet soup!)
  • The technological basis of a website
  • How your design skills can transfer from print to web
  • The new developments in web design
  • And how to learn what you need to know next

Who should take this course:

  • Experienced print designers making the transition to web and interactive design
  • Creative professionals unfamiliar with the language of the web

Learn more about my class here.


My presentation on web design trends and the technology they are rooted in. I presented this at the 2011 HOW Interactive Design Conference in San Francisco.