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Why don’t nonprofit sites convert?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:08:57 +0000

Living in New York and working in media, I talk to nonprofit organizations a lot. Big or small, they all say the same. No matter how much work they put into their apps and websites, they just don’t get enough new members. No matter how many expensive redesigns they undertake, they still don’t convert. Why […]

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Medium to pay writers; program similar to Readability

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:53:11 +0000

INTERESTING. Medium will now pay writers. The revenue to pay writers will derive, not from advertising—Medium scorns it—but from member contributions. How Medium will pay writers Medium now publishes two kinds of content: public content, viewable by anyone; and private, members-only content. Medium members pay a small monthly fee; in return they get access to […]

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It’s just lunch.

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 12:16:30 +0000

I HADN’T heard from her in years. Suddenly, there she was in my in-box. Tentatively proposing coffee. Maybe lunch. A dam broke inside me, releasing a flood of warm memories. Our first, tentative contact ten years or more ago. Getting to know each other. Endless, happy discussions about where this thing was going. Coming together […]

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Big Web Show № 159: If You Can’t Stand the Heatmaps, Stay Out of the Conversion, with @nickd

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:36:25 +0000

NICK Disabato (@nickd) and I discuss heat maps, conversion rates, design specialization, writing for the web, Jakob Nielsen, and the early days of blogging in Episode № 159 of The Big Web Show – “everything web that matters.” Listen and enjoy. Sponsored by ZipRecruiter, Blue Apron, User Interviews, and Hotjar. URLS nickd.org/bio/ draft.nu/ nickd.org/ twitter.com/nickd

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Buy a piece of studio.zeldman

Fri, 12 May 2017 19:59:06 +0000

We’ve got some exciting news to share. Web and interaction design studio.zeldman is moving, from our digs at 148 Madison Avenue to a new location on Fifth Avenue. As of June 1, we’ll be designing, creating, and consulting out of our beautiful new studio space at The Yard: Flatiron North. Closing our co-working design studio […]

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Big Web Show № 158: Old Men Shake Fists at the Cloud – with Jim Coudal

Fri, 05 May 2017 21:32:04 +0000

Internet veterans Jim @Coudal & Jeffrey @Zeldman on the death of blogging, the birth of Field Notes, the virtues of a subscription model, and much more. Begins in tears, ends in triumph. One of the most fun (and inspiring) episodes ever.

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How We Write Proposals in My Design Studio

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:05:10 +0000

AS THE HEAD of a newish design studio, I spend a fair amount of time writing proposals. And here’s how I like to do it. I do it like a conversation, and that’s how we start: with phone calls and emails to one or two key decision makers, followed by a research period of about […]

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A Lucky Fella

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:52:14 +0000

Cat rearing as a metaphor and the joy of a feces-free tub.

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Love and proposals

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 20:09:54 +0000

CHICAGO. Spent my Sunday writing a contract for the ________ design. I find I really enjoy writing proposals. It gives me a chance to see the whole project clearly in my mind, and to demonstrate to clients not just competency but genuine concern for their products and a vision of how to help their business. […]

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My Glamorous Life: Crossing the Continent

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 00:04:30 +0000

RAINY MORNING IN NYC. Put my kid, my ass, and my suitcase in an Uber. Dropped Ava at school, then crawled to JFK via every emergency-vehicle-blocked thoroughfare Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens had to offer. The roads were all rain and sirens and nobody getting anywhere. From JFK, flew across the country to surprisingly sunny […]

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Friday Links

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:26:21 +0000

TEN great links to launch your weekend: If you missed Gerry McGovern’s brilliant An Event Apart talk on “Top Task Management,” the video’s here for your pleasure. If you missed Eric Meyer’s article “Practical CSS Grid: Adding Grid to an Existing Design” in A List Apart, drop what you’re doing and read! If you missed […]

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A Saint Patrick’s Day to remember

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:09:56 +0000

WHEN my daughter Ava was much younger—about seven—I took her to Toys R Us in Times Square one Saturday that was also Saint Patrick’s Day. You couldn’t ask for a more chaotic location and crowd. After stocking up on a sufficient number of Barbie accessories (Ava was in a girly phase at the time), we […]

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Automatic check-ins and the old, personal web

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:24:53 +0000

Basecamp 3’s automatic check-in feature can build community and help you design your career and your life. It even brings back some of the joy we once derived from the days of the personal web.

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Authoritative, Readable, Branded: Report from Poynter Design Challenge, Part 2

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 22:13:23 +0000

THIS year’s Poynter Digital Newspaper Design Challenge was an attempt by several designers and pundits, working and thinking in parallel, to save real news via design. In Part 1 of my report from Poynter, I discussed the questions driving the challenge, and talked about the design work done in response to it by my colleagues Kat […]

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Digital newspaper design challenge: a report from Poynter, part 1

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 21:32:29 +0000

CAN design create a better user experience that engages readers and drives revenue? Can it fight fake news and help save real journalism at a time when news organizations large and small are underfinanced and under attack? These questions drove the Poynter Design Challenge, “a project to create new visual models for digital news publications” […]

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