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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  • Excellence:
    • 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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