Mind blowing stuff for web design nerds. Adobe should be making something like this instead of carrying old (Flash, Dreamweaver) applications on beyond their best before date.
Episode 2 of ‘Let’s Make Mistakes’ includes the best explanation of why not to do spec work as well as the best way to handle a request for spec work I’ve heard or read.
(Spec work is when an individual or a business asks you to do work for free in order to evaluate whether they want to hire you to do more of the thing they aren’t willing to pay you for.)
MIN is a bookmarklet that will strip any decoration from a site. All color, borders and backgrounds are removed instantly, helping you identify the successful and unsuccessful uses of typography and layout.
I think that between the video shown below, the corresponding blog post about said video and his interview with Dan Benjamin on The Pipeline, I’ve learned more about client services from Mike Monteiro this year than any other book, blog or person.
He’s not for the faint of heart, but he knows of what he speaks. And he occasionally uses a bad word (which you can probably tell by the freeze frame of the video). But he’s got your (if you’re in client services of some kind) best interests at heart. Plus, in the video below you can see that he’s not really the jerk he likes to come across as in his blog or Twitter account.
This should be required viewing for anyone looking to enter into client services, particularly where there’s creative work involved.