Work/Web Design

The UX Design Education Scam

A few years ago I wrote about my reasons for going to college. I only went for a semester before I ran out of motivation to keep going. I’m going to school again but my reasons have changed significantly. My purpose for going to school had to change or I wasn’t going to make it. But, my opinion that a web related college degree is pointless, remains the same.

I decided to pursue a degree in Sociology instead of a computer or web design related degree. Why Sociology? We can discuss that later. For now, here are some highlights from a recent post by web designer Andy Rutledge that explain why a web design education is a scam and a waste of time. I thought this was too good not to share.

If you emerge from university today with …

Web Hosting

Just FYI I’m getting $5 from ReviewMe to write this post. I’ve never done this before, it shouldn’t take too long and I wanted to try it out.

I’ve been pondering lately what type of a hosting solution would be best to provide to my clients. I host this site as well as about 10 other sites of mine on a Media Temple hosting account. I’ve very happy with it and would recommend it to anyone. When dealing with clients it’s important to set them up with a reliable hosting company but you don’t want to get stuck providing and maintaining the hosting service for them.

Yes, I know you can make some money by providing that service to your clients but in my experience it just isn’t worth the time and hassle to support the hosting.

I haven’t explored enough to …

At Global Alerts (or My Experience as an Employee)

Today was my last day at Global Alerts and there are 3 weeks before I leave for Uruguay.

Global Alerts is “the leading Cause Media company since 1991” and it’s where I’ve been spending a lot of my time the past 6 months. They’re the guys that run earth911.org, pets911.com, and amberalert.com. They have a little over 20 employees (I’m probably guessing too low) and they’re constantly adding more members to the team. All the sites do some really cool stuff (just ask Oprah) and it was an incredible experience working there.

At Global Alerts I worked as a “web developer” meaning I did web design, CSS, and some WordPress stuff. It was nothing like what I was used to. My clients had always been small businesses, bloggers, web design agencies or entrepreneurs who just needed a small site …

Reboot?

Do you remember all the hoopla and awesome designs that came from past CSS Reboot’s? I do.

Maybe it’s just me but I think the reboot has lost its excitement. There were a few good redesigns this time around but not like what we’ve seen in the past. I’m afraid its become just another way to get a few extra visitors.

Many of the sites don’t even validate. I understand that’s not the most important thing in the world anymore but isn’t that the point of the reboot?

What do you think? Did you reboot?

WordPress Likes Feedback

We all love WordPress (or atleast you should). Why? Because WordPress rocks. And why do they rock? Because they listen to their users, a lot.

WordPress likes getting feedback.

My favorite part of their website is the Kvetch page. They get feedback the right way by asking their users “what really ticks you off,” not how can we be better.

Along with that they also have an active Ideas forum, IRC channel, a support forum and a support contact form. They even have an obvious “Feedback” tab on the admin panel for the nearly 1 million wordpress.com users.

Needless to say I think WordPress gets tons of feedback and they use that feedback to build a better product. A product that they know their users will love. Why will they love it? Because their users told them.