Every time I sketch interfaces, this song pops into my head and won't go away.
Can I make those changes? No problem, I can do that for you.
Will I charge for that? Yes, Yes I’ll charge for that.
No, no I don’t do discounts. I don’t do mates rates, bulk buys, cash reductions, charity reductions. I’m not negotiable on my payment terms. You can’t pay me late, you can’t pay me in instalments. I won’t do it for less on the promise of more work in the future, I won’t do it because it’s a great portfolio piece.
If I need to do some work, I need to send you a bill. Asking me if I’ll charge for that says you’ve missed an important part of this business relationship we’ve entered in to - that it’s a business.
Sure, I’ll answer a 60 second email for you, have a quick chat on the phone with you - but I won’t email you a 500 word recommendation on your social media strategy or walk you through the interface over the phone when you should have been listening the first time round.
I work to pay my mortgage, to provide for my children, to pay for the software and the hardware I need to keep working, for the insurance I need to pay, for the taxes I need to pay, for the accountant I need to pay, for the training I need to take and for the books I need to read.
Yes, I do charge for that.
Hello - you’re too awesome. Please let me give you money.
Until then: I auto tweet my Flickr shots, the tags attached to my Flickr shots feed through to the tweet no problem, but, don’t have a # on them. Flickr even auto filters # out if I put them in directly.
Can you have a tick option to auto hashtag things like that? Is that possible? It would be super helpfull.
Keep up the good work :)
Which was a hearty $209 for the digital versions.
I was listening to the UXpod podcast (not updated in 6 months, not sure if it’s dead, hope not) this morning on my way to the current contract, an interview with Christopher Noessel, co-author of Make It So, *Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction *.
Of course - I’m a huge speculative fiction fan so a book that let’s me work whilst still reading about SF has to be a winner.
The interview was only short but pleasingly stayed away from the elephant in the room (Star Trek LCARS system) although we did stray into the other obvious candidate, the gesture interfaces from Minority Report.
Regardless - I now have 14 extra UX books to read. Just as soon as I’ve got two big pieces of extra work out of the way (redesign and launch of the NAPICU clinical members site and an antique brooch boutique, Betsy Blue), I’ll be diving into these. My personal development tends to go in waves because of work comitments, solid work for 3 months, then 3 months of slightly less work whilst I also catch up on all the books I’ve bought and whittle my RSS feed back down to 0.
I’ll review here when I have the opportunity.
What’s the explanation for picking up a ringing phone if the person who owns the phone, is away from their desk?
They caller isn’t calling you, you can’t help. Leave it alone.
The recipient may have set up call forwarding, or a usefull voicemail, which the caller now won’t receive.
More than that - you’re wasting your own time (picking up a call you can’t help with), the callers time (probably needing to call back, wondering who they just spoke to) and introducing uncertainty (will the message you took even get to the recipient?).
Hey, you - leave that phone alone.