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Book Review: The 4-Hour Workweek

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

A few weeks back I was feeling inspired by The 4-Hour Workweek. Even as I was meeting with clients and traveling to interviews, it didn't seem right to enjoy this book. As prospective clients spoke of agile process, deadlines, and working 60 hour weeks, I was dreaming of 4.

Then yesterday Timothy Ferris was interviewed on the BBC, and I wanted to laugh my ass off. He gave an analogy about a web designer in San Francisco who "only makes $40,000/year", and how this web designer could just up and go to Buenos Aires for three months and live like a king. Because BA is cheap, and this person does their work online, Mr. Ferris claims this would be an easy lifestyle adjustment. Somebody please introduce me to this mythic web designer who A. does not have (at least) a $12,000/year San Francisco rental responsibility, and B. who has a boss/client who is so cool they don't even want to know what you'…

How Do I Design? What is My Design Process

Recently, I read this article about the Future of Web Design. It made me laugh (read final comment below). The most common question I always get, in one form or another is "How do you design something?". Since I usually design dynamic, interactive websites, my answer is to describe the web product design process.

Design IS a Process
Web product design is a process of refinement involving traditional design skills, merged with web development techniques. Web design is the balance of information and technology tailored to the right audience. And of course all websites should be adaptable, all web design teams should be very comfortable with the idea of evolutionary change, and build it into their business. You need to design it - try it - evaluate it - change it - and test it again and again. Always.
When Problems Happen
In my experience problems happen not in design but in the management of the design & development process. I can't tell you how many times I've worked …