I’m a person that believes that any business has to grow and scale. Seeing myself as a business, I had to find a way to scale. If I were to work on my own, then there’s a ceiling to what I can accomplish and deliver. This is a no-brainer, but finding people to share your work with and increase your productivity is no easy task. But I set off to do so.

Photo by Jonathan Petersson — Unsplash

In a recent article series, I had mentioned that I never say “no” to a client — and I stand by that claim. But it wasn't until recently…

Should you be a user of the product you’re working on? I’ve come to a conclusion which surprised me, as much as it might surprise you…

“No, you shouldn’t be a user in order to design a good product.”

And here’s why:

In the past two years I’ve had the chance to work on two rather large products. The first (let’s call this “A”) is a tool I’m very familiar with and which I use often. The second (“B”) is an app I’m not able to use due to my location.

I found that in “A”’s case, designing the product…

This is the third and final part of a short series on Freelancing. If you haven’t read the previous stories, take some time and do that now.

The first part was about the freelancer, while the second part was about the client. This third and last part is about the synergy between the two. This is probably the most important aspect in your client relations management agenda.

It’s a tough balance to maintain. You need to keep you client happy, your work quality at a high level, while maintaining your sanity. …

This is the second part of a short series on Freelancing. If you haven’t read the first story, take some time and do that now — this will all make more sense.

After getting some attention and great feedback on my first story on freelancing, I realised that the story evolved around the freelancer, alone. Being a freelancer, you might wonder… where’s the client in this tale?

A tale of two sides

Every freelancer has a few client related stories to share. And most of those stories rely on bad clients or clients that “want the logo bigger”. …

This is the first part of a short series on Freelancing. Make sure to follow the link at the end of this story for part two.

I’ve been designing for the screen for nearly two decades now, since 1998. And all these years it was within the confines of some advertising agency, with only a few exceptions. That changed in late 2014.

I’d like to share the entire backstory of how I became a full time freelancer, because — as many like myself — freelancing was sort of imposed upon me. …

You click on a story in the Facebook iOS App and a web browser launches. You might want to follow a link within that page, only to decide to go back. So you click on the “back” arrow on the top left, but — surprise — the web browser just closed.

If you really wanted to go back to the previous web page, Facebook provides the browser history buttons inconspicuously at the bottom left of the screen. Yeah, I know, I always miss them too.

Fair enough, the bottom left is the default location for the history buttons in Safari…

I decided to write this open letter — only after failing several times to find some resolution. I hope this open letter serves as a reminder to myself and any other design freelancers out there.

Photo: https://unsplash.com/photos/s9CC2SKySJM

On Jan 16th 2016, you sent me an email:

Looking for a UI/UX designer for a large project.
Let me know if you are interested.

To which I replied:

Would you like to setup a call sometime early next week? I’d love to discuss details and see how I can help you.
Looking forward to talking

Your “elaborate” email was not very promising, but who…

Innovation spawns from problems you didn’t know were problems in the first place.

This is how we built the first version of UX Magazine (uxmag.com) back in 2005.

A salvaged 2006 update I found in my file cemetery (http://j76.me/6Aa5)

In 2005 there were no smart phones or tablets, just various screen sizes — and not that many of those either. So, to say we were designing for multiple screens and needed to accommodate our content for mobile and tablets is just an exaggeration. To be honest, it was just a cool “gimmick” we thought of adding to the design of UX Magazine because it just made sense to design for different…

A bad habit is a bad thing. It’s even worse when you don’t even realize that it’s a habit in the first place.

More often than not we find ourselves among the company of friends who pull out their phones to “check” their email — or something similar. I know because I’m one of them.

A few years ago I was a social smoker. I’d go through 3-5 cigarettes a day. But that’s not the case when I was with friends. On an average night out, I could go through 2 packs. Yeah, 2 packs, 40 cigarettes — in just…


Design Operations at LVMH Digital. UX & UI Designer at @ohmylovely. Co-founder of @UXMag, @Listiki, @Joblet, @CreativeSurvey and @Vittl_co.

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