I am a UX Designer, creator of Design Meltdown and the author of six web design books. Several times per year you can find me speaking at conferences on various topics.

Is Talent a Myth?

Posted on: June 30th, 2011 by patrick No Comments


For as much as it seems that talent is a real driving force that allows people to excel at certain things I am equally convinced that it is totally overrated. Sure, some people have developed a knack for certain types of things. In my opinion anyone can learn to do anything and in reality talent is irrelevant and a myth.

If you happen to be pursuing something you feel you don’t have a talent for then you will likely find this perspective encouraging. I for one have come to make a living off of writing; something I most definitely don’t have a talent for. As such, I can’t help but consider how it is that I have succeeded at it, and ultimately what the real formula for success might be.

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HOW Interactive Design

Posted on: June 23rd, 2011 by patrick No Comments


I am really excited to say that I am working with HOW to launch a new site and community called HOW Interactive Design. This will start with a new web site of course, and already includes a conference, the HOW Interactive Design Conference. Please join the mailing list to find out when it launches, you will also be entered for a huge discount to attend the HOW Interactive conference this fall.

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Cast a Vision – and Stick to It

Posted on: June 22nd, 2011 by patrick No Comments


One of the most powerful lessons I have learned is to cast a vision and stick to it. This lesson applies to freelance work, but it also applies to life in general. Casting a vision for your career is hard and can take years to fully develop, which requires sticktoitiveness. But, if you apply tenacity over time, you will find the end result is powerful and motivating in a way nothing else can be.

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Email marketing services reviewed

Posted on: June 21st, 2011 by patrick No Comments


Selecting an email marketing service can be daunting. There are dozens of solutions to choose from, all with extremely varied options, features and pricing.

Even more perplexing is that many reviewers rate these solutions in an effort to identify the “best” option.

There is no single best option, but rather a lot of great options. You just have to find the one that matches your needs.

Unlike the exhaustive round-ups that cover every option available, I have narrowed the field to what I consider four of the best. All of these are terrific solutions that address a variety of needs.

I won’t mention every last feature of these services. Because they all have the same basic functionality, I will focus on what makes each distinct and what to expect from using them.

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Not only is an iPad version of my books in the works and to be released very soon, you also have the chance to be included. In partnership with the HOW Interactive Design Awards I will be selecting a small set of entries to be featured in the apps ongoing updates!

Read more about this new on the HOW site.


Photography is one of the most potent tools in the designer’s toolbox. It is no surprise that it is used all over the web. And in the small subset of websites featured in this article, we find photography used very prominently. The samples shown here focus so heavily on photography that you hardly notice the brands behind them.

In fact, some of the websites have no apparent branding at all, focusing instead on selling their products, which is actually a bit of a relief. Let’s review how each of these websites leverage the power of photography.

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How to make money from a $3000 website

Posted on: June 6th, 2011 by patrick 2 Comments


I don’t believe that the $3000 client is the lost cause we often think they are. Sure, for most agencies, a $3000 website is laughable; but I would argue that these clients present tremendous opportunities.

In particular, I think web designers can cash in on low-budget deals. I worked in the agency world for a long time, so it took me a while to fully accept this, but I think you will find that it’s possible.

The typical scenario involves a small-business owner interested in getting a new website. They’ll often have unrealistic expectations about how much it takes to design and build a website. Well, these expectations only seem unrealistic to us designers—I say they are undesirable, not unrealistic...

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A showcase of mobile e-commerce

Posted on: May 24th, 2011 by patrick No Comments


Optimizing websites for the mobile web is a chore. And optimizing e-commerce websites for the mobile web is a beast that designers and developers have only begun to tame.

Not surprisingly, larger companies are embracing the medium first, likely because they have the resources and sales flow to justify it. After all, even if an e-commerce website gets sizable traffic, a small percentage of that will be mobile-based. And an even smaller percentage of that traffic will actually complete their sales.

With the momentum only really beginning in this arena, people’s experience with full mobile e-commerce transactions is limited. This makes the niche an experimental one at best. Fortunately, given the nature of e-commerce, success can be carefully measured and tested. This is a medium still in need of definition.

A huge hurdle towards progress is the scarcity of examples. Surfing galleries to find a ton of interesting ideas is not even close to being quick and easy. There are only a few small collections of mobile design, even less for e-commerce. To address this, I have collected 10 fantastic examples of mobile e-commerce...

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The secret power of bookmarklets

Posted on: May 17th, 2011 by patrick No Comments


I have long been fascinated with bookmarklets, and I am pleased to have produced an article for WebDesignerDepot.com on the topic.

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I have had the good fortune of being both a freelancer and a consumer of freelancer services. In fact, I have done both extensively (and simultaneously no less). There is a lot of talk about the importance of finding the right rate, and this relates a lot to what I want to consider here. I want to share some of my experiences from the point of view of hiring freelancers...

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