People First, Money Second - A Tale of Two Chiropractors

I've visited two chiropractors in the last year due to a weird pain in between my left shoulder blade and spine. The pain isn't unbearable - more like a subtle, annoying, someone standing too close to you while having a conversation, sort of pain. Not entirely debilitating, but you wish…

The Thing With Money

I recently got an email from a young guy in Hong Kong. He's just getting started in graphic design and emailed to ask me about pricing techniques. Ah, It seems like just yesterday I was sitting in graphic design class asking my professors the same questions about the dark art…

Plan to Fail

My family and I traveled to my in-laws for the fourth of July weekend. Unlike the cliche of this being a nightmarish experience, we very much look forward to heading down to Vidalia, GA and always have a great time. To make my time even more enjoyable, I brought my…

Tools Don't Matter

Which piece of software should you use for interface design? There are many good answers and opinions about this question but the bottom line is - you should use the one that yields the best results. Although this is the one true answer, there is a lot packed into a…

#663399Becca

I've never met Eric Meyer, but my oldest son is 6 and the thought of losing him crushes me. When people started changing their avatars purple, I silently thought to myself, "What good is that going to do? Why would you do that if you didn't even know them?" Then…

Create a Settings Icon in Illustrator CC

Lots of times, I will create icons like this on the fly, while designing interfaces in Photoshop. However, it's generally a good idea to keep these as separate assets in the event you want to do anything else with them. Creating icons in Illustrator gives you more flexibility for your…

Let's Not Kill the Hamburger Icon Just Yet

Why don't we, I don't know, talk to it for a while - see if he'll give us any information. It's obvious he knows something, so before we go all fire and brimstone on him, let's tie him to a chair first and do a little friendly Q & A…

Why You Should Think Twice Before Importing a Gumroad Customer Email List Directly Into MailChimp

Now that I've gotten started on a new thing, I was eager to start emailing my existing Gumroad customers, who purchased my Illustrator and InDesign Wireframing Kit, as well as my standard newsletter subscribers, in an attempt to spread the word. In my zealousness, I did something that was not…

A New Thing

This past January, something interesting happened. I impulsively decided to sell a tiny product, moments before I almost decided to give it away for free. The product is simple. It's basically a stripped down version of a client project, that shows my process behind organizing wireframes using Illustrator and InDesign…

Audio Equipment

I've got plans to create something new and decided to do it right with some proper equipment. After using Twitter to get quick feedback on a podcast mic, I got several different suggestions. Best starter podcast/videocast mics that I can talk my wife into letting me purchase? …

The Grass is Greener Where You Water It

Photo Credit: Thomas Bresson Four years ago I met Matthew Smith, who has an equally awesome name as myself. My wife was really into couponing at the time and frequented a site called Southern Savers to get her deal fix. Naturally, I would catch glimpses of the site here and…

Four

My fourth child, Nixon, was born a week ago and now I have four kids. Four. I can't believe that is a true statement, but it is. Four kids, wow. Having four kids is hard. The other day my wife was holding our new baby while our 2 middle kids…

Nixon

Say hello to Nixon Pierre Smith, my fourth child (third son) born on May 13, 2014 at 1:56pm. Nixon was warmly welcomed by his brothers Noah (6) and Justice (4), and his sister Isa (2). The name Nixon is a derivative of Nicholas or son of Nicholas. A contraction…

Photo Retouching Inspired by Gigantic Squid

I've done a fair amount of product and architectural photography over the years but haven't done much portrait work. I've got a solid knowledge of retouching and post production, so once I saw the Gigantic Squid photos (specifically the Mackelmore ones), I decided that I had to take some portraits…

How to Create Animated Dribbble Shots

"How did you create that animation?" This is a question I get a lot on Dribbble as well as inbound email inquiries from curious minds alike. After responding individually to a dozen or so people, I figured I should write out my process for future reference. TL;DR Animate in…

Understanding Vector Shapes in Illustrator

When I posted "Wireframing with Illustrator and InDesign", several people asked about my Illustrator techniques. The simple truth is that I've used Illustrator a lot over the past decade and have learned a quick key for virtually everything I produce, whether it's logos, wireframes, or full-fledged interface designs. If there…

Open Letter to Recruiters

Hey!!!!! I was just thinking about all those emails you've been sending me and I just realized I have a great opportunity for you!!!!! I'm writing a blog post that you are absolutely going to love! Your eyeballs will literally pop out of you head after skimming the first paragraph…

Grok 2014 Recap

My mind was (and still is) completely consumed with thoughts, ideas, the conversations, and the experiences I had at Grok. This is usually the case after conferences, but especially so after Grok. This was my third annual attendance and, in my opinion, the best one yet. The people, the dialogue…

Grok 2014 Pre Game

It's that time of year again and Grok is in the air. This is my third time attending and I was giddy the whole time during my hour and a half trek up here from Athens. I wasn't quite able to make it to early registration since my oldest son…

Bittersweet

I'm writing this post from my office. It's not just any office, it's the first official office I've had outside of my home. To date I've been here a little over two years. It's not incredibly fancy but I've loved every minute of working from this space. It's become my…