Author: Erik Hanson

  • When Good is the Enemy of Done

    When Good is the Enemy of Done

    I think the actual saying is, “Perfection is the enemy of good.” For me, for now, on this rework of my personal site and getting this blog up and running, I’m trying hard to get to “done” and we’ll worry about “good” later. As I believe most designers will attest to, getting your own website…

  • Real Web Designers Design

    Real Web Designers Design

    From the archive of this site in 2013, the age old argument of designers learning to code – here we go. Front end engineering today feels almost unrecognizable today compared to 2013, so do designers still need to code? I still believe designers should have a basic knowledge and capabilities around HTML, Javascript, and CSS…

  • The Business of UX

    The Business of UX

    Another from the archive, this time about roles and leadership. My thoughts here haven’t changed much and it seems like other people today feel some of the same. We need Design Leadership equal to Product, Business, and Technology Leadership. Here’s the original article: Over the past few months, I’ve been working closely with my various…

  • The ABC’s of Design

    The ABC’s of Design

    Another from the 2013 archive, design is an active profession, design is verb. I still beleive you always need to be creating. Here’s the original 2013 post: Design encompasses a number of skills, I wrote about what (link:blog/skills-for-design text:I consider the top ones are) before. In thinking some more about that and recalling some of…

  • Skills designers need today, still

    Skills designers need today, still

    I originally wrote and posted this back in 2013. It’s funny to me that I call out Photoshop and Fireworks then, which you can easily replace with Figma today. Proof that tools change but the core skills of what’s really needed for design stay the same. Here’s the original post: It’s not about the software…