Last week I left about 10-12 calls unanswered on my phone, and I never called back. If by misfortune this was you, you probably got an email back from me instead and I apologize for not taking your call.
What to Do When Blogging Takes Ages and Ads No Longer Work
Love this idea.
We still haven’t realized of something extraordinary that is happening.
Go read this on Medium, love it.
Recently I published a piece on the Ideaware blog called Good design is as little design as possible, it has turned into one of our all-star posts.
So I’ve been thinking about how this affects us as UI/UX designers and how the best players in the field do their work. Usually as designers we tackle multiple projects at once and have a lot on our plates. Turns out that either on purpose or not we tend to do the least amount of work necessary to achieve a design or experience goal. In a sense we become lazy by optimizing.
A lazy designer:
Doesn’t over design
Designs with whitespace in mind
Keeps a goal checklist for each feature, crosses items off quickly
There’s a difference between doing your best work and using your best work.
Every blank canvas is a new opportunity to do our best work ever. But should we spend copious amounts of time to build the next big interface when the project doesn’t even call for it? I have yet to find a single project with unlimited time and budget to allow for this.
The best designers just re-use their all-star ideas. You bring them to the table when creating something new, and before you know it you are already innovating. Use that in your next project and this my designer friends, is how you both turn lazy and become a better designer.
‘Getting through it’ destroys our ability to see what’s really going on. The truth is, that instead of going through our weekend and grinding it out, looking for our break, our shot – we can try to be a break for someone else.
Today’s recommended read on Dumblittleman: Stop Focusing on Success and Focus on Making an Impact
Found this gem today on Quora: What are the roles of a UX Engineer?
But who or what is a UX Engineer? Apparently the love child of a a UX Designer and a Software Developer.
Look, I get it. Aside from entrepreneur, I’m a designer and developer but in no way I think it’s right for a startup to cheap out and overwork someone with a fancy new title.
I’ve been seeing more and more of these job posts around, and the descriptions are just crazy:
What the hell?
Three entrepreneurs share their wisdom on how to build mobile apps without experience, from hiring the right talent to creating the perfect prototype.
Some advice from yours truly on the Proto.io blog.
Paul Graham is a renowned programmer and wildly successful venture capitalist. He also happens to be a talented writer.
This is some great advice.
Do you want to break out of the corporate world? Or build a lifestyle business around what you love? How about building the next instagram? Whatever your motivation is, your idea is worth millions if executed right.
I’ve been running Ideaware for the past 4 years, and for the last 2 years I’ve been lucky enough to work directly with entrepreneurs (they’re either Ideaware clients or at a personal level) on how to turn their idea into a profitable venture.
Now, the real power of your business or startup idea lies not only on the idea itself but also your motivation, beleiving and execution. Here’s why they are so important:
The most important question you need to ask yourself is why. Seriously, stop right now and think, why are you building this new idea? Profit/money is a motivator but it will burn out quickly. Your real why lies around a passion you have. Is it helping others? Is it solving a real world problem? Will your idea help millions of people live better lives?
Finding your why is step one. Your why is your motivation. Write it down and read it every day.
There’s that tired old saying: Ideas are a dime a dozen. And they are. We all have hundreds of ideas on a weekly basis, but act on almost none of them. Why? Many reasons, but in the end it’s because you probably didn’t believe in your idea. It is very important that you believe HARD in your idea and are willing to stand behind it. Times are going to get tough in the entrepreneurial journey and if you don’t believe in yourself, once again, you are going to burn out quick.
Are you motivated enough? Do you believe in your idea’s success with your heart and soul? Good, now go do it. Or as my friend Dan Martell says: Just fucking do it (JFDI). Don’t stop, hustle and work hard. Executing, building and marketing your idea puts you on the top 10% of entrepreneurs who actually create something. Everyone else is just an “entrepreneur”.
Building businesses & ideas is not an easy task, be ready to fly high in enthusiasm one day and hit the ground hard the next day. This is why it is so important to stay motivated and believing in yourself. It will keep you executing. And executing is where your success lies.
…and one more thing
Join me on Periscope next Friday August 28th @ 9am PST for a 10 minute session on how to validate your idea and get to market fast. Don’t forget to Add it to your calendar!
Want to add anything on how to build and idea? BAM comment below!