I had the opportunity to chat with Tim Smith of The East Wing podcast the other day. If you have a few minutes and want to listen to me ramble about design, clients, education have at it!

Saying ‘No’ is one of the most difficult things in the world for me.

I like making people happy. I like designing and developing awesome internet things. I also really like making money. So why the hell would I say no to projects that help me do all of these things?

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If you don’t already know I do a weekly/monthly podcast with my friend @cmdshiftdesign called Pagebreak Podcast. If you are into books and articles related to design, development, coding, marketing etc you should go check it out!

Listen to the latest Snippet Episode!

So you may have noticed that things look a bit odd on my blog these days. I gutted my years old WordPress them and am starting over from scratch. Its about time I gave my own blog and website some love!

I’ll be attempting to ‘design in the browser’ with my little bits of spare time. So stay tuned and feel free to check back and view source. :)

Only 1,659,230 Requirements - A response to the negativity toward the Boston Globe redesign.

This is a guest post written by @jimmynotjim

On Monday my feeds, as I’m sure yours as well, blew up with the launch of BostonGlobe.com. It’s been a much anticipated launch both within and out of the design community. I was excited to get home and check it out on a browser other than my iPhone just to see how (and to try and decipher why) they handled the content. It didn’t take long for the Negative Nancy’s to start complaining and cut into that excitement.

A few were unimpressed. With all the hoopla surrounding ‘Responsive Design’ lately the Globe fell short of their expectations. Most though complained about the subscription requirements. The number of people expecting free access was outstanding. One tweet read “The future of web design is behind a paywall, something not quite right about that…” and another “A holy screw you to The Boston Globe for paywalls” and even “I’ve always craved something between a newsletter and an AOL keyword that I can’t show my friends” from one ‘web star’.

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A few months ago I did something crazy: I QUIT MY JOB. I had noticed a growing trend in my attitude towards my work in general. I was more excited about what I was working on before and after the hours of 9-5. So I took a bit of a leap of faith and decided to strike out on my own.

If you follow me on twitter, I’m sure you know how things are going for me since I’ve been doing the freelance dance. This blog post is a bit of ‘status update’ that is more than 140 characters. I’ll talk a bit about running a business, organization, income, friends, sanity and the future.

(Awesome illustration of me by my friend Jimmynotjim)

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