I’ve spent the last two weeks feverishly setting up two new clients, creating branding guides and marketing strategies. I keep doing this thing that I know is stupid, where I start working without a contract or payment in place.
I keep just getting excited about projects and people and possibilities and I just want to get my hands dirty. I can’t help it! But I know, I know, I need to do better and set better boundaries.
It’s taking me cool places, though. Spoke with the drummer for the Allman Brother’s band, a doctor who is going on a road trip for education, and all the while I get to enjoy the stupid faces of my lil doggos. 🙂 I am thrilled about the momentum I’ve stumbled upon and while I’m not stupid enough to think I will maintain this measure of success (I’m very grateful for it), I’m just going to take it in, remember how it feels, and manage it wisely, for myself and my clients.
I’ve also thrown my hat in the ring for a board/co-chair position with Bragg Jam, a local music festival. A handful of people I really respect are on that board and I think that it’s something I could work on and be proud of for my community. They actually are focused on contributing to our local parks situation, including trails along the river walk and other things that I personally benefit from. Time to put my money…errr time…where my mouth is! As I told Leila and Holly,
it is something I absolutely am interested in committing to. Being a part of a team that wants to focus on what Macon could be instead of what it was or has been, creating value for the city and it’s citizens, and working side by side with friends on something I can be proud of sounds like it hits all of my high points.
Beyond that, I have a super long list of things to read, I’ve admittedly spent more time on clients than on personal+professional development this term. Will do better in this coming week!
- NNGroup Videos
- How to Set up a Desktop Usability Test
- Clarifying the UX Role for Your Team
- Design Thinking 102
- Translocation and Localization
- How to Do User Research Within Constraints
- Beating Creative Blocks in UX Design Through Reframing
- Principles of Human-Centered Design (Don Norman)
- Choice Overload is Harming Your Users
- NNGroup Articles
- 113 Design Guidelines for Homepage Usability
- Children’s Websites: Usability Issues in Designing for Young People
- Beyond Accessibility: Treating Users with Disabilities as People
- The Ten Most Violated Homepage Design Guidelines
- Information Foraging: Why Google Makes People Leave Your Site Faster
- PDF: Unfit for Human Consumption
- The Most Hated Online Advertising Techniques
- OK-Cancel or Cancel-OK? The Trouble With Buttons
- Carousels on Mobile Devices
- UX Guidelines for Ecommerce Homepages, Category Pages, and Product Listing Pages
- Prominence-Interpretation Theory
- Designing Effective Infographics
- 6 Ways Ecommerce Sites Can Compete With Amazon
- Design for Kids Based on Their Stage of Physical Development
- Other NNGroup things