Dan Cederholm is a designer, author, speaker, and father living in Salem, Massachusetts. He is the Founder and Principal of SimpleBits, a tiny web design studio. A recognized expert in the field of standards-based web design, Dan has worked with YouTube, Microsoft, Google, MTV, ESPN, Electronic Arts, Blogger, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, and others. He also received a TechFellow award for Product Design & Marketing in early 2012. Dan is Co-Founder and designer of Dribbble, a vibrant community for sharing screenshots of your work. He is the author of Twenty Bits I Learned About Design, Business & Community.
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- Reflection on the learning experience
- Hire well — Focus on personality over talent
- Taste is ‘super important’ — Ability to evaluate multiple options and recognize what’s on brand and what will work
- Must-Have attributes of a partner:
- It helps to be friends
- Trust is #1
- “It’s like a marriage
- Need good communication
- Similar personal values
- Good businesses are personal. They have a personality
- Skills that mesh well together
- Over time you learn each other’s quirks
- Dribbble — A community built for designers. A social portfolio site. A happy accident. Started as a side project.
- People and relationships are what’s most important. Things go away, what’s left are the people. “Kindness matters hugely.”
- The kind of person you are to work with matters greatly. “You never know.”
- Write, teach, and share while you’re learning… It can be an advantage to not be an expert.
- The people who have just learned it are most interesting.
- Persistence is huge… Dan learned a lot from Debbie Millman
- Be genuine and useful… There’s a difference between art and design.
- Think about function and usefulness first and then add beauty…
- Designing Advencher.co
- Simplicity is important – “What can I take away?”
- Writing and typography — Learn by practicing… Blogging is huge. Editing is key.
- Being a fan — Watch others success, learn from it… Most music is imitation first.
- Visualize in your mind what it looks and feels like. That’s the fun part.
- Be Genuine and Useful — This classic quote from the Shaker tradition of furniture makers sums the goal up nicely: “Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.”
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