Monthly Resolutions Is a Game Changer

Finally, I figured how I can do so many stuff and have a laser focus on each thing even if they are different. This is something that really changed the game and helped me to finish the product I was working on and actually launch it (see my previous post on it).

This post is the continuation of one of the previous post that you can read here. If you don’t want to read all the details then the short version is that I used to try year resolutions with many stuff in a list for each year. Something worked out for me, but most of the stuff was simply forgotten in the second part of a year. Last month I decided to decrease a period of time in which I’ll be achieving something. I took a month as a unit of time and I already have the results.

I always wanted to make and launch a digital product. So it will work independently, let’s say, while I’m sleeping and change lives for the best. I had one idea and slightly working prototype that roughly worked just for me for several months, but last month I decided that I’ll develop it to a MVP (minimum viable product) and launch publicly. As of the previous post, you can see that I did it. Now, I’ll tell you my experience and struggles I had on the way of accomplishing it.

This month was amazingly productive. I shipped no matter what and some of the principles helped me. First of all, I looked at the project and goal clearly, evaluated if I can do it during 1 month. After that, I used reverse engineering principle.

I split the goal into milestones and milestones to tasks that you can simply start doing right away. The one thing that I don’t recommend you to do is to set a strict deadline for each task. Moreover, don’t even go for tasks if it sounds boring to you. Just make a list of things you need to do to achieve a certain goal. Basically, my tasks looked like a checklist without dates, priorities or something like that.

Since I’m a visual person I needed something to see visually my plans and how was that working with such time span as the month. So, I used Trello and slightly changed the board I’ve been using for this year for pretty much everything I do. I’ll show you schematically how I organized my board including this goal for the month.

Basically, my board consists of columns with projects I’m focusing on. The column that named “Year” serve for more like visionary goals and it consists of cards with months (i.e. September, October, November…). Each card in the “Year” column has a checklist of things that would be good to accomplish during the month, but this is not something that clear how to do right away. That’s why I have “Month” column with monthly resolutions and ongoing tasks that I need to do during the month. Next one is “Week” column that consists of more simple cards. Basically, something that easy to start doing right away, but of course I can’t do 10-20 tasks a day. So I have a ToDo column that with cards I can do right away or just during the day.

This board works like this. I have a rough vision for a year, then from there I split it on months and focus on 3 main things there, then a month can be split into weeks. So cards moving and emerging from the left to the right. This schematic screenshot above doesn’t show you what I have at the end on the right side of my board. In two words it’s what was done for a month and then what was done for a year. It helps me to track my progress and see what was done or failed. In the column with stuff that was done for a year I have one card for each month and it just has a summary of each month, similar to monthly status reports.

That’s all sound like a system, but this is what we create ourselves and we shouldn't let it control our process at all.

The purpose of systems, workflows, rules, and principles that we create is to help us do what we do, not making it boring and killing all the fun, as it’s done in corporate environments.

My system helped me to finally add 11 works in the portfolio that actually were idle for years. It’s always a struggle for designers to update their portfolio. What else? It helped me to make the amount of money I needed to cover expenses and pay my bills. Finally, I wanted to create a digital product for the past a couple of years and this monthly resolution thing helped to make it real in the previous month. So, yeah, I could beat my perfectionist and created a product that is good enough for a public launch and I did it on time.

I believe I’ll be polishing this system and improving it, but this is something that good enough to share. So I hope it will help or inspire you to build your own system to become more productive and spend time more effectively without any frustrations and unfocused state.

Finance Tracking App Press Release

Today is the official launch of the first version of FinnApp. This app will help you to track your earnings and expenses, add new expense/earnings in a couple of clicks, see detailed visual insights and do all this with multiple currencies around the world.

I’ll keep it short and just highlight the main point of this app. I’ve tried different apps, notes, spreadsheets to track my earnings and expenses for years and it didn’t work out for me well. So I decided to create my own app. After the first prototype and months of testing, I found it useful and decided to share my experience worldwide and spend some more time to build an MVP with multiple accounts that can be used by anyone who is interesting in improving their financial life.

I do travel a lot and it's harder to track how much do I spend on flights, hotels, food, commuting, compared with the income I have. It’s harder when I deal with different currencies, but used to one currency that I get my income in.

I’ve tried writing simple notes, but at the end of the day, you need to make calculations and then monthly calculations. Moreover, you can see only numbers and it looks pretty much chaotic.

Ok, the approach with notes is really primitive. Why do not try spreadsheets? It automates calculations. So I can just organize a table with columns like a name of expenses/earnings, a column with the actual expense and just use SUM function to see the total number. That might work. It worked for some time, but honestly, the main struggle was to do it from a smartphone, since spreadsheets hardly manageable from such small screens. They also don’t have up to date currencies as far as I know if you want to convert your finances into one currency you understand clearly.

What about financial apps? I created accounts in several of them and honestly, it was so overwhelming to start using something like this on a daily basis. They felt heavy with lots of functionality that I don’t really need. The UI and overall experience they have in addition to a financial topic, that is boring by default, seemed like too much for me. I just didn’t want to sign up for this and wanted something really easy to use. Like an app where I can push a couple of buttons and don’t think about it much. I wanted to have the ability to check what’s going on with my finances at the end of the week, month, year or so.

What can the app do for you?

Simple Balance

Click to add expense/earning.

Add Earnings/Expenses Quickly

Add a sum. A date is predefined by Today's day, but you can choose another one. Currency is pre-defined by the country you’re in.

Manageable Tags

Choose a tag for your expense/earning from predefined. You can manage it in settings.

Insights

See insights visually and split by categories.

Finn

Finn is a friendly pug that will help you with your finances while you’ll be using this app. And he’ll will make this financial stuff not so boring.

How is it different from other apps?

The main difference is the interface. I do not compare FinnApp with the solutions that are on the market. It’s just different. It doesn’t have lots of advanced functionality, the main goal of the interface I created is to have an ability to log expenses and earnings in a couple of taps (clicks) using a mobile device that is always in our pockets nowadays.

Why do I need to use it?

It just will give you much more of understanding on how your finances are doing. You’ll need some time to get used to the habit to add your expenses after you went out of supermarket or cafe. But in the long run, it gives you so much data about your lifestyle, like for instance: where do you spend much, where less, where it’s obvious that you splurge. You can measure your finances so and manage them. At the end of the day, it’s easier to set financial goals for coming months and years if you know how much you spend, on what, and in what period of time.

Is it FREE?

Yes, it’s free for 2 months and then if you want to continue using it you can enter your credit card details via secured payment form and subscribe monthly for a really symbolic price (I’m still figuring that out).

Do I need to install it?

No. All that you need is to go here, complete an easy signup process within one minute and you’re good to go on any device and browser you are using.

What is the future of the FinnApp?

It’s MVP (minimum viable product) now. Meaning, nothing super fancy is there yet. Just a minimum functionality that covers the main use case. However, if people will be interested in using this app I’ll be working on improvements, new features (have some cool stuff in mind), even better UX and so on.

I hope you’ll find it useful or at least try it yourself. You can find the app here.

If you have questions or need help, please use this email max@finnapp.io.

Mind your expenses,

Max

Designing The Creative Strategy

More and more often I have these moments of anxiety and unfocus and I notice that a lot of creatives have this lately. It’s everywhere on the Internet like blog posts, social media posts, podcasts etc. I decided to understand the problem and find the way to focus and calm down.

Smart people say that we need to focus only on one thing. It sounds good in theory, but it’s hard to implement this in the everyday creative life. Think about it in details. For example, you are an illustrator and obviously, all that you need is focus on drawing illustrations. However, somehow you need to make living on it. So you need a portfolio that you can show to your potential clients and the best way to do it nowadays is to put it online somehow. From this point, we have options like putting out your work on Behance, Dribbble, similar online platforms. You can create an Instagram account or even Facebook page to upload your artwork there and build an audience. However, you don’t know how rules on all these 3rd party platforms will be changing and probably you’ll want to create your own personal website which will not go anywhere unless you’ll forget to pay for a hosting and domain name. But in this case, you’ll need to take on designing and building the website than making it visible within millions of other illustrators website out there. Meaning you need to start blogging and do other types of marketing to stand out from others and so on. So actually, that’s a lot of stuff already and you’re getting distracted with everything, but not the main thing that you actually want to do, drawing. How actually can we resolve this issue?

Check this video out first. Probably, you’ll find yourself there if you distracted a lot lately.

The best way to figure out where to focus on is to start from the background. Basically, skills you acquired, an experience you have and things you love to do. I tried writing to get out of the stuff I have and clarify things that are really important. The problem with this approach that you get out on a paper all your thoughts, but they aren’t really organized. Basically, it’s a just flow of random thoughts. Well, sometimes structured, but still, they are on a paper with hundreds of other thoughts and ideas. So it’s hard to draw a sharp picture from it.

I tried different project management software and was thinking that the main issue is there. I used Trello for a couple of years and it helped me a lot with the organization of everything on one board and using separate boards for projects. Before that, I used Wunderlist, tried ToDoist, Clear, and other similar ToDo software. All they have benefits and useful features, but often it’s hard to apply one of them completely in my workflow. I’ve chosen Trello for its flexibility, but still, it lacks some functions that could solve my issues with it. However, I’m grateful for that I have it and it’s free and covers a lot already. From that point, I continued to search for answers in other places.

Since I like building systems I decided to draw a mind map where on the very first level will be fields I lately involved in then on the next level more concrete stuff in each field, then more details and so on.

This the raw version of mind-map that built for myself to understand what I’m doing at the moment. I think it’s a good start to grow it more and see where it leads me. So that will clarify the picture more.

While I was drawing it I had an idea that actually I partially read somewhere. So to not feel overwhelmed with everything we need to focus on one thing at a time really or at least on a couple of things but plan to do these things in different chunks of time.

People do year resolutions, but we write them down, forget about everything, reacting throughout the year on things that are not related and then find this piece of paper at the end of the year which says that you did nothing that you wanted to do. This is kind of things lead to anxiety, depressions, and similar stuff.

I suggest to change plans for the year on plans for the month and aim to accomplish smaller things in a smaller chunk of time.

As I mentioned before with the example about illustrator it’s impossible to do one thing and be successful. This approach with doing only a couple of key things within month and switch to others for the next month should change the game. And this is what I’m going to do.

While I was writing this it actually reminded me what I’ve read on the website of Derek Sivers about his approach to learning. If I’m not mistaken, he told that he’s a slow learner and that he’s focusing on learning one thing for several months and then switch to the next one. I think it’s smart and it proves that my idea of splitting things I do into different parts of the year could work.

I already have plans for the August and what should be done at the end of it. I hope it will be less distracted and productive month. We’ll see.

To be continued...

Reinventing myself

I didn’t blog for a while and I have a reason for this, but right now I’m living this nomadic life and ready to share some of the insights.

Everyone can do anything. We just need to start doing what we want, what we have planned a long time ago, but didn't start moving things from ToDo to Done. All the things that come between ToDo and Done are bullshit. We just need to ignore it. But what about inspiration, creative state, and all this stuff? These are the things that you shouldn't care about until you start making an actual progress. I can guarantee you that you'll find the inspiration and come up with ideas during the process of work. If not then something is wrong with you. I know, I was there and if personal issues keep bothering you then you should make it a full-time job to resolve them. Because this kind of things can make everything worth and if you don't resolve them for a long time it gets harder and harder to do it.

Currently, I'm looking for a way to clean up my schedule to fit in my book and product that I was hoping to finish until the middle of this summer, but because of personal stuff, I couldn't make it. I was looking for a reason why my productivity dropped.

I went on sabbatical for a month and traveled through Thai islands. I was looking for something. I wanted to change my lifestyle. But really I was looking a way to reinvent myself. I analyzed what I was doing for the past several years. What results do I have? Where is this road leads me to? I saw and continue seeing different people and their lifestyle during the trip. This is a really rich experience, especially in Asian countries. Because you can meet people from anywhere around the world. Since everything here is different and often you go out of the comfort zone and see how other nomads and travelers do the same.

It's something similar to reset button. But it doesn't happen in several weeks. I was hoping to feel myself differently after a couple of weeks and enjoy the rest of the sabbatical in a more relaxed state. I was wrong and I started to feel chilled after one month. I didn't expect to feel myself so differently. It's like being under pressure and having all your muscles tensed for a long time. So they feel like a rock and anything you try to stop the constant tension and anxiety doesn't work. That's the moment when you understand why you should be different and why you shouldn't stop reinventing yourself. Humans are not robots and we need changes all the time to feel alive. To bring more to this world we need to start from ourselves.

Blogging is a game changer. Long story short, I decided to start over and share more personal experience in design, traveling and nomadic life. I believe it will help me to systematize everything that happens and I want to share it so it will be useful for people as well.

Ratings And Healthy Consumption Of Media

We live in a craziest time ever. People interact differently with each other using different mediums. Some time ago we had only chats and emails. Now we can interact with photos, videos, stories, tweets etc.

People check their social accounts every day in total for several hours. So it became their daily routine, addiction, you name it.

The most negative thing that I found in this kind of activity and want to share with you is that mostly we see preferably perfect moments of someone else life. Of course, this rule applies to more personal content such as: been there, done that, ate this etc. Don’t get me wrong. It’s awesome to share positive moments like this and follow friends to not lost a connection and stay in touch in some way. I just don’t understand the concept of following glamorous accounts and trying to make your life perfect like these accounts.

“Our culture today is obsessively focused on unrealistically positive expectations: Be happier. Be healthier. Be the best, better than the rest. Be smarter, faster, richer, sexier, more popular, more productive, more envied, and more admired. Be perfect and amazing and crap out twelve-karat-gold nuggets before breakfast each morning while kissing your selfie-ready spouse and two and a half kids goodbye. Then fly your helicopter to your wonderfully fulfilling job, where you spend your days doing incredibly meaningful work that’s likely to save the planet one day.“ – The Subtle Art Of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson.

I understand the concept of following other people or accounts for inspiration. For instance, I follow some of the Instagram accounts that share fresh UI concepts or workplaces from different places of the world. It affects positively me and sends some kind of creative vibe to work something really awesome during my next design gig.

When I follow accounts like this I don’t think of them in a personal way. I just explore what is interesting to me without any thought why I suck in something that is looking much better in someone's life. Let’s say that it’s just for professional use.

However, I do follow several accounts that are not related to design. Such as Gary Vee, and some guys who travel and share awesome photos. But it’s not because I want to have my life as a copy of theirs. I receive motivation and inspiration for a different part of my life.

Still, I learned to filtrate the content that I get. To avoid a state as, for example, work till your eyes start to bleed and that’s the only way to achieve a success.

I like to travel and traveling photos inspiring me to search for interesting places, unusual things, be in the movement. I don’t want to settle right now and it helps me to keep the pace. Apart from traveling profiles, I follow some accounts for motivation. I see that other people actually do stuff to be successful and they share their process. It helped me to crush the concept of overnight success at some point.

Video content becomes more and more popular. Probably every single day several of tens start a vlog and share their thoughts or even life. But I found quite a lot of patterns watching these related to each other videos. And the craziest thing here is rating as it is everywhere else. So you can find a really good and valuable content on channels where people have several hundreds of views, which is meant a very poor rating, but very often you’ll see a content with tens of thousands or even millions of views and often this kind of content is not unique or even stupid.

It’s just what most people like and watch. Is the question are you the same as everyone else? As a creative, I’d say that it’s not true. A real artist is always looking for his unique voice. Maybe not from the start, but after some time for sure.

It’s hard to gain a good self-esteem nowadays if you spend too much time on social networks and do it wrongly without any purpose. The important part of our everyday life now is to consume media content and even filter it properly to stay a healthy person.

It’s not healthy to have a constant social feed of everyone’s awesomeness.

The big part of our society wants you to believe that the key to a good life is a nicer job, or a more rugged car, or a prettier girlfriend, or a hot tub with an inflatable pool for the kids.

The world is constantly telling you that the path to a better life is more, more, more— buy more, own more, make more, fuck more, be more.

You are constantly bombarded with messages to take care of everything, all the time. Care about buying a new iPhone and stand in a line for a whole day. Care about having a better vacation than your coworkers. Care about a better clothing than everyone else who surrounds you. Care about a better position on your job that has a slightly higher compensation in a compartment to 3x more responsibility.

So the thing is that people focus on not so important things in their lives as they seems to be and at some point, it makes them anxious. People lost themselves, their identity, their authenticity, their self-esteem. I believe that we worth more than living someone's life or everyone lives, but not yours.

It’s not important how many likes do you have or how many stars in your profile unless you use it properly. It’s better to think in a way of giving a value for other people by creating a content. So, you can inspire someone on something or change someone's live at least on a bit. If my article helps at least one person in some way then it’s already successful and valuable for me.

So many times I visited a place with a good rating, but didn’t like it or even hated it. What others like doesn’t mean you’ll like. Moreover, you can stumble upon a fraud and be completely disappointed.

The same for marketing. You can read the front side of a product package and believe that it’s so healthy for you and it has all necessary vitamins and great nutrition facts, but most commonly on the opposite side, you’ll find 50-70% of unhealthy components, such as sugar, trans fat, etc. But people tell that it’s tasty and pricey. Meaning it worth to buy… That’s not true, you can listen, but do not forget re-check the info.

I know it’s all sounds overwhelming and makes things complicated, but we just need to pay attention to the right things during some time to learn to make right decisions automatically in the future. For instance, avoid accepting information from not trustworthy sources, apply healthy eating habits, define what media content shapes good habits that are good for you.

It can sound a little bit selfish, but I believe that the high priority is to take care of ourselves first and then give a good example to your surrounding. Behaving in the opposite way is not healthy for you. Moreover, people around will not believe you if you don’t look healthy and wealthy.

Don’t post things on the internet to impress someone. Do it to bring value for other people or for your own goals and needs. It’s not a rule, it’s a recommendation that helped me to think about these things in a more healthy way.

Why do I share all of this? Because I imagine where it’s going and I want to live in the craziest world. Imagine the world where you can’t book a hotel or a flight because of your poor rating on the internet. Or even worth, you can be in a too long line to your doctor so it will be too late to take a treatment.

Someone can agree on things I wrote here, but someone will probably argue with me. Anyway, let’s focus on the building of healthy social habits, products, content, whatever we do and make our world a better place.

Thanks for reading,

Max

Generating Ideas

There is no single and true process for generating a killer idea. What works for one creative probably will not work for another one. The same for projects. The idea in project A probably will not work in project B.

When we start thinking about possible ideas for a particular project we stumble upon many limitations. The curious moment here is that this limitation can be set by ourselves. So to break this meaningless loop and really generate as many ideas as possible I propose to do next.

1. Generate as many ideas as you possibly can, but do not try to edit them on this very first step. Just be in the flow and generate.

2. There are no bad ideas. It doesn’t matter what you think about the idea. It seems silly or plain? Record it anyway.

3. Confused? Stuck? See rules One and Two.

Mind maps

Try using mind maps technique. It allows you to start from roughly from one or two words that describe your project and draw a bunch of multilevel branches around it. So it looks like the rough structure of your thinking about a certain topic.

Mood boards

Mood boards are great for brainstorming on visual concepts. You can capture different pieces of artworks or projects from any inspiration sources you can find, such as websites, magazines, photos, words and any other visual artifacts you can imagine.

Notes

Notes is one another way to collect any ideas that pop up in your head. I use notes app all the time on my MacBook and iPhone. I can write down something that just came to my mind, draw a simple sketch and describe it in a couple of sentences, add links on websites, add photos etc. It’s very simple and useful tool to collect bits of data that streaming through your head.

Alternatively, to notes app, you can us notebook, sticky notes or just paper sheets. Anything you feel comfortable with and can use without boundaries.

Camera

I believe that every creative nowadays has a good camera in a pocket to do instant shots. Any smartphone nowadays can do good enough photos to use them as a part of research or even creative assets in your work.

The key here is to document the process. That’s how you generate materials around your research and brainstorm sessions. Then you can choose what will be useful in work on a project or for generating more ideas but on distinctively another level.

Take a break

The brain responds amazingly to a short vacation. Take a break, don’t force your brain to generate more ideas if you feel tired. We often have deadlines, but if you can’t think about new ideas anymore then we need to change something. Go out for a walk, do sit-ups, go for a coffee, whatever is different from sitting at the desk or in front of a computer – do. This will help you to switch modes your brain work and recover your creative power at least for some time.

Stay inspired

You can find inspiration almost everywhere. Check posters, magazines, inspirational websites and boards, go for a walk and notice what people wear and how they combine different wearables in terms of color and style.

Nature is an excellent inspiration. I get some inspiration in the form of color palettes for my projects from colors that I see in the sky, leafs, water, sun and how it mixed up in the real life. If it works there it can be done in digital design as well. The world is full of inspiration.

You can watch one of the design movies that become more popular nowadays. These are not about Marvel superheroes and how they beat super bad guys. I like these movies as well… But here I’m talking more about movies that are not that popular but created with a unique vision. Sometimes, I don’t even understand what a director of a movie is wanted to tell, but I notice lots of visual elements, such as interior, nature, how people look like, what are they doing in different scenes, a color palette that has been used in post production, etc. You can find films like this by searching for genres such as indie film, art film, documentaries about design or futuristic films.

Museums are also great sources of inspiration. You’ll not find there something that you can use right away, but it can inspire you on something in the design area that you are in. For example, I like to explore different techniques that artists used and compare how this is connected to time frame or events that were happening in the world. It’s all more abstract knowledge, but sometimes it pushes you to new ideas or help to push some of the boundaries in the things that you do.

Books are also the great source of inspiration. You can find there a certain idea, try to understand different mindsets or explore new worlds. It can be not one book, but many of them or even a combination of book, blogs, articles and other readings. All of it can shape in your head a unique idea that based on knowledge that you got.

Generating ideas is only the starting point. I believe that ideas itself are cheap, but still, we don’t have alternative starting points in our creative journeys. I hope that tips mentioned above will help you successfully generate great ideas, but do not stuck on it and move on to the next stage. Start implementing and then shipping it. That’s how you make your ideas worth something.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week,

Max

Design Rules And Pushing The Boundaries

This topic has its pros and cons, but let’s clarify what kind of rules do we have and how to not put ourselves into a box and stop being creative using design rules.

First of all, why creatives don’t like rules? I can say about my experience and what I noticed from what other creatives say about rules and most commonly how do they break them.

We learn rules from the moment we started to learn how the world works. Some of them, such as: “Don’t stick a fork in the electrical socket” saved our lives, but some of them, as for example, “Empty the dishwasher” or “Take out trash” sound boring and don’t motivate us much. And as adults, the rules just keep coming and strike us from almost every step we do.

However, we need rules to interact well with other people. Otherwise, we would have chaos. The same with design. We need rules in design to create things that will serve for other people.

You can think of design rules as “truths” to make it sounds better. Some truths are very helpful. Take a look. Blue complements orange. Vertical text is difficult for Western readers. Kerning makes words easier to read. In some way rules like this help us automate design process and to not invent things like this once again. Experienced designers just know them and apply automatically without thinking too much about essentials like this.

We have to know rules, but we shouldn’t follow them all the time. Moreover, we can bend or break them intentionally, but to do that we should know why these specific rules exist and how they can be applied.

Boundary-pushing proves that you are a thinker and a doer, not a follow-the-leader-er.

Every design problem has multiple solutions. If you don’t explore a variety of possible solutions, you’re not doing your job. Exploring design means looking at the rules. Which means investigating your options. And investigating your options means thinking about breaking the rules. Breaking design rules mean pushing the limits. It’s usually a challenging work.

Every good design process consists of research, exploration, innovation and, of course, creation. I always start with research. It gives me a knowledge about existing solutions. I can see the boundaries. And then I understand how can I push those boundaries and create something better or something new.

Breaking any rules come with an experience. I believe that every designer or creative should be in the industry for a while and learn how things are going before start doing it differently.

Words like: unexpected, infectious, viral, unusual, shocking, spectacular, double-take, visual surprise, usually help to push boundaries.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week,

Max

Who Is A Successful Designer?

It's been a while since I didn't post anything on my blog and I decided to resume my writings. Since I really like this feeling when you come up with some thoughts, publish them and see that it changes someone's life at least a little bit.

We all have life experience. Sometimes it's good, sometimes – bad. That's how we learn. Sharing experience helps you and other people learn a lesson. What can you learn from posting stuff on the internet? That's easy. Things that you create and ready to share usually have some value, they worth something. That's where we start to be artists.

Anyway, I see a lot of value in writing this blog and I'm trying to make it as a habit and post more often.

Today, I want to share with you thoughts about characteristics of a successful designer. What people usually see and don't see, but we should know that being a designer is not easy and creating stuff is not happening by the click of fingers even if you have years of experience deep knowledge.

What We Normally See In a Successful Designer

We see the final result when someone delivers it, but not what's happening in the background, in the process of creating a design solution or any other creative piece of work.

What We Don’t See Is The:

  • Learning process;
  • Failures;
  • Creative blocks;
  • Tough times that they endured;
  • Sacrifices;
  • Conversations they’ve had with themselves;
  • Preparation that they’ve done;
  • Self-doubt;
  • Progress;
  • A bunch of iterations and variations of the same design;
  • Tough times;
  • Hard work;
  • Adjustments;
  • Minor victories;
  • Perseverance;
  • Mental toughness when times get hard;
  • Overcoming negative feedback or lack of it;
  • Dealing with imposter syndrome from time to time;
  • Anxiety when a lot is happening and not enough time for themselves.

All of it happens even with very experienced creatives. We are not robots and sometimes we have a harsh time. So it's not only about a design and we can take things personally when we don't expect it. But we dealing with all of it and even more. Since we are willing to stay professionals and respect what others do.

More stuff are coming. So stay in touch and subscribe below.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week,

Max

Why Many Companies Neglect To Do User Research?

Often, we don’t understand what the key action we’d better do. Or we think that we are sure on something, but our guts send us a signal that this is wrong. The traditional way of doing business is no longer changes the market in a good way. Especially if we talk about digital products.

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What Is Being A Minimalist?

This article is not about design. But about the way of living life. Well, you can name it as a minimalistic lifestyle design. In my opinion, it covers all the aspects of life. That means it covers the way you do things, the way you design something.

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Why Being A Perfectionist Is Killing You And How To Deal With It

Our standards can be changed throughout the time. What is perfect Today, isn’t Tomorrow. The problem of it is that if we doing something and our standards change on a daily basis then we’ll never finish it. It’s a like a dark hole that sucks our energy but never let you release something. This kind of perfectionism is the evil for all creatives like designers, musicians, product builders, inventors and so on.

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Thanks To 2016 And Excited About 2017

Someone told me that new year resolutions don’t make sense and we need to put in a work during the year, and only in the end of the year summarize your achievements. I partially agree with this statement and did both things Today. And I decided to share some of the achievements and ideas for 2017.

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UX Design Successful Examples That Weren't Expected

Regular users aren’t interaction designers. They cannot be expected to visualize the larger effects of interaction paradigm shifts. But the market has shown that people will give up painful, poorly designed software. They willing to find easier, better software. Even if they don’t understand the explanations behind the design rationale.

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How To Be Happy If You A Creative Person

Sometimes, we can go into negative if we stuck into an endless amount of routine work. We even can’t see the end of it. But we have a bunch of ideas for projects that we think will change everything for good. And this routine just sucks all the energy and motivation from us...

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Nov 13, 2016 Why We Need User Research
Nov 7, 2016 How To Align Text In Buttons And Other UI Elements
Nov 1, 2016 Balance In Design
Oct 19, 2016 Do Not Take Side Projects Seriously
Sep 19, 2016 How To Be Productive Spending Time Nicely On Sunday
Mar 31, 2016 Being Rude With A Client
Mar 27, 2016 Hard And Soft Skills Of Designers
Mar 15, 2016 Why I Have Chosen UX Design Field
Mar 11, 2016 Common Design Process Mistakes
Mar 6, 2016 Does Software Matters In The UX Design Creative Process?
Feb 29, 2016 Benefits Of Thinking Big, Global Influence Of Design On The World
Feb 12, 2016 What Content Is Appropriate For Index pages And Start screens
Feb 6, 2016 Left Aligned Websites And Proper Use Of Space In Design
Jan 23, 2016 Importance Of Consistency In Design
Jan 15, 2016 What The Difference Between UX Design for iOS and Android
Jan 14, 2016 UX Improvements For Checkout Process
Jan 6, 2016 How To Choose What You Want To Do
Dec 18, 2015 7 Tips About Navigation in UX Design
Dec 11, 2015 Influence Of Color On User eXperience
Dec 5, 2015 UX Design Successful Examples That Was Not Expected
Nov 29, 2015 How Long Is It To Create A Good UX Design And Project Timelines
Nov 20, 2015 Why We Undervalue UX Design?
Nov 13, 2015 Creative Boundaries In Design, Projects And Business
Nov 6, 2015 Analysis and A/B tests of UX
Oct 18, 2015 What you need to know about UX Design
Aug 16, 2015 How To Improve Revenue With Information Architecture
Aug 15, 2015 How Fonts Can Improve UX
Aug 10, 2015 10 UX tips for Landing page
Jul 31, 2015 Shapes, Geometry And Space In Design
Jul 24, 2015 Color Theory
Jun 26, 2015 High-resolution People
Jun 19, 2015 Why Business Should Be Packed
May 15, 2015 Launch of a project on time
May 12, 2015 How To Find A Competent Digital Product Designer?
Apr 10, 2015 Investment in UX Design
Feb 24, 2015 How Is Time Management Works in Developing Design?
Feb 13, 2015 How Does Good Design Increase Sales?