Jon Li

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A Short History of Design Leadership

Why designers should demand a seat at the table<p>Recently throughout the business press, there have been countless articles about CCOs and CDOs and …

The Case For Reverse-Engineering Design Briefs

“Designers are as much problem seekers as problem solvers,” Jessica Helfand says.<p>Here’s a typical road map for new product: An entrepreneur thinks of a business plan and gives a designer a brief about what the product should accomplish. The designer then creates a product. Sometimes this works and …

How to Increase Your Rankings by Building Brand Mentions

Way back in 1984, Robert Cialdini wrote a book called <i>Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion</i>.If you’ve heard of it, I’m not surprised. It’s been a …

Marketing

Bots, Conversational Commerce And Voice Are Not The answer, This Is

We’ve only ever known an internet that we went to. We’ve always thought more information is better. The internet has been built to endlessly add. The challenge for the future is navigating abundance, so maybe this is how we can rethink our relationship with information.<p><b>We’ve only known three eras</b> …

The Problem With Flat Design, According To A UX Expert

Just because people like flat design doesn’t mean they get how to use it.<p>As a user experience expert at Nielsen Norman Group, Kate Meyer has watched a lot of people use a lot of websites. But her favorite quote comes from a young adult–under 25–talking recently about navigating a flat web design: …

How a Dental Company Is Building Its Brand With Content Marketing

In the spirt of the famous song, 'It's Five O'clock Somewhere," the same idea can be applied to content. Somewhere, somebody is looking for …

How Feng Shui Could Help Build Better Products

Feng shui is all about creating a harmonious household. Here’s how to make your app feel every bit as homey.<p>“Oh jeez” is what I typically hear from coworkers any time I suggest feng shui for the humble office of our startup Zugata in Palo Alto. They all think it’s silly, superstitious nonsense. …

How Facebook's Product Design Head Works (and Goes Home Every Day at 6pm)

Julie Zhuo, director of product design at Facebook, is gaining a reputation for dishing great advice about design and careers. Here's a recent sampling.<p>Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg aren't the only Facebook leaders with big personal brands and large followings.<p>Thanks to some superb posts on …

The ultimate guide: How to become a UX Designer

But a formalized university education certainly doesn’t hurt. Unfortunately, you won’t find a huge selection of formal UX university programs, but you can certainly break into the field with a related degree in psychology, human-computer interaction, graphic design, visual design, UI design, and …

The future of cards in Web design

According to The Complete Guide to an Effective Card-Style Interface Design: “The best card design is simple. It also features a rich content experience. For a successful card-style project, both of these elements must be present. But there are plenty of other design techniques that can add to …

9 stupid mistakes entrepreneurs make, according to a guy who started 20 businesses and failed at 17 of them

<b>A) IGNORING THE "SIX MONTH RULE"</b><p>I was on the board of a business where we all got the financials for that month and realized that the company had six months of cash in the bank.<p>I called the CEO. He said, "no problem. We have six months. I'll raise money a long time before then and we have some big …

Entrepreneurship

Start A Fire

How to Build an App That’s as Addictive as Coffee

Coffee and running are addictive in their own unique ways. Each provides a buzz that keeps people coming back for more. In kind, Runkeeper and …

Using “Dumb Data” To Make Smart Design Decisions

As an industry, we’ve worked to established many new practices and tools for nimble design teams, from A/B testing to measuring bounce rates and CTR …

Mark Cuban says all entrepreneurs need to get comfortable with this word

In his 2013 book, " How to Win at the Sport of Business ," he writes that his favorite line is "No balls, no babies," and that, "Once you are prepared and you think you have every angle of preparation covered, <i>you have to go for it</i> ."<p>In that same book, however, he says that many new entrepreneurs …

Entrepreneurship

How to Land a Job in UX with No Experience

Today’s guest post comes from Craig Morrison, founder of UsabilityHour.com and author of the UserTesting article Why You Shouldn’t Hire a UI/UX …

What I Learned When I Gave Up the ‘9 to 5’

My grandparents, who were born and raised in the Soviet Union, had a very simple idea of success. They wanted to find one job, and do it for the rest …

Science To Prove the Existence of God

Week 23 of 52 Churches in 52 Weeks:<p>The Case from a Creationist at Highland Community Church in Wausau, Wisconsin<p>I was 15 when taught Darwin’s theory …

This Amazing Story of Courage and Leadership Stayed Secret for 50 Years

If you need proof that a true entrepreneur doesn't necessarily have to run a business, read on.<p>Early in his career, Sir Nicholas Winton was a stockbroker; in later years, he worked for international relief organizations and other charities. But for 50 years, nobody knew his greatest achievement and …

Harvard Business School

7 Powerful Habits of Super Successful People

Yes, successful people work hard for their success, but they also do a few other things that you should know about.<p>Super successful people have experienced the ups and downs of life and as a result they have learned the best out of every situation. Nothing happens overnight, and certainly not for …

Self-improvement

3 common UX mistakes killing good design

You probably know this, but we’ve only skimmed the surface.<p>Nonetheless, there are some simple rules to bear in mind, although you should always approach each design project individually.<p><b>Keep it simple, stupid</b>– Minimalism and flat design are so popular because they strip away everything that doesn’t …

12 Free Tools That Every Freelancer Should Be Using

Freelancers can't do enough to bring structure and efficiency into their routines.<p>Freelancers often work in isolation, communicating only through email or by phone. In addition to completing assignments on time, they're responsible for keeping up with income and expenses for tax purposes, invoicing …

Small Business

How to Pitch to Your Stakeholders like Don Draper

<b>A recent episode of Mad Men had a great exchange between Peggy Olsen and Don Draper, where she finally asks Don: “Teach me. Tell me how you do it.”</b> …

Let Your Users Wait

<b>A few months ago, I got into a rather feisty UX discussion with a coworker revolving around an innocent-looking tweet by Brad Frost.</b> In it, he …

The One Skill You Need to Master: Presenting Naked

Six ways to create an extraordinary presentation by tossing the deck.<p>One of the most critical skills you need to master as an entrepreneur is presenting in front of groups. I'm still amazed when I see an otherwise engaging and passionate entrepreneur suddenly switch off their charm and go into …

2 Ways to Separate Millennial Stereotypes From Your Marketing Strategy

How can it be true that more than 80 million people all harbor the same - usually negative - traits? Short answer: they don't.<p>Millennials are:<p>Cord cutters.<br>• Mobile only.<br>• Social media only.<br>• Self obsessed.<br>• Only communicate through text messages.<p>We've all seen and heard them. How can it be true that more …

Adobe’s Kickbox: The Kit To Launch Your Next Big Idea

This red box gives you $1,000, a bar of chocolate, and the opportunity to take your company by storm.<p>There’s a great scene in <i>Family Guy</i>. Peter Griffin has just won a boat. But upon redemption, he’s offered something else: A mystery box. He explains to Lois, “A boat’s a boat, but a mystery box could …

This Chapel Might Be The World’s Most Romantic Wedding Destination

The Ribbon Chapel is located in the garden of the Bella Vista Sakaigaham resort in Onomichi, Hiroshima, which overlooks the sea of Japan. Its two intertwined staircases, twisting around one another to a panoramic view of the Sea of Japan, speak for themselves as its main features. Although they …