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Fire your worst customers

In Seth Godin’s recent blog post, more, More, MORE!, he makes the unpopular-but-wise assertion that until you fire your worst customers, you’ll never be able to do your best. I think it applies to clients just as much as consumers. The bottom line: you can’t please everyone, and it’s stupid to try. You’ll end up [Keep Reading…]

My Happy Cog Avatar Has Arrived

I’ve been consulting for Happy Cog for a year and a half, but when this arrived in my inbox yesterday, I became a true Happy Cogger. Many thanks to Kevin Cornell for creating it. Everyone at Happy Cog has one of these cuties, and now I do, too. So what do you think…does it look [Keep Reading…]

I admit it: I’m always five minutes late. And it stops now.

I was just smacked in the face by a recent blog post by my dear friend Jeffrey Zeldman, Free advice: show up early, about the consequences of being late to client meetings. Why? Because it forced me to finally fess up to one of my major flaws: I’m always five minutes late. Sure, five minutes [Keep Reading…]

Client Matters: Ironclad Contracts: Tougher Than a Pinky Swear

UXmatters just published the fourth article in my bimonthly column, Client Matters, where I give UX professionals an honest look at initiating and managing relationships with clients. The latest article is titled, Ironclad Contracts: Tougher Than a Pinky Swear. In it I expound on how to determine the nuts and bolts of your client contract: [Keep Reading…]

Client Matters: Needs + Resources + Location + Schedule + Budget = Scope

This post is two months overdue. Somehow I never linked to the third article in Client Matters, my bimonthly column in UXmatters, where I give UX professionals an honest look at initiating and managing relationships with clients. Published in December 2009, the article is titled, Needs + Resources + Location + Schedule + Budget = [Keep Reading…]

ReadWriteWeb on my Boxee beta UX process, and other thoughts

On Wednesday I posted an extensive behind-the-scenes look at the user experience design process I used when Boxee hired me to help them get from alpha to beta: The UX Design Process for the Boxee Beta. To my utter joy, ReadWriteWeb featured my work in their ReadWriteStart channel, focused on startups: An Inside Look Into [Keep Reading…]

The UX Design Process for the Boxee Beta

More than a year ago I very proudly announced that Boxee, the much-loved social media center software company, had hired me as the user experience designer for their beta. In the five months that I worked with them, I conducted user interviews and usability testing to identify people’s needs, behaviors and frustrations, and redesigned the [Keep Reading…]