Yo! is a celebration of great design and development online. The Yo! Newsletter (robhope.com/yo) curates quality new resources while the Yo! Podcast spotlights the incredible people building these resources.
#013 - MDS - Shift Nudge, UI Designer
Matt D. Smith (@mds) is an exceptional UI designer with a prolific catalog of design-related side projects. His most recent offering is Shift Nudge, an online learning experience to master designing beautiful and accessible interfaces. We go deep into course creation, the top 3 mistakes new UI designers are making, how he got his 3-letter Twitter handle and where we draw the line between copying a design and drawing inspiration.
#012 - The Couldwells
Meagan and Andrew Couldwell are a designer/developer couple currently based in Los Angeles, California. Meagan, originally from Florida, is a seasoned designer having worked with the likes of Twitter, Campaign Monitor and other leading startups. Andrew, originally from Yorkshire, has also spent years in the game, leading the design of Adobe Portfolio and tasked to build the design systems for WeWork. Together they published the book 'Laying The Foundations', a comprehensive guide to understanding and implementing Design Systems. We have such a fun chat discussing book publishing, working with newborn twins, design inspiration from Disney, crafting color schemes, what makes a good boss, and even squeeze in a couples quiz right at the end:)
#011 - Oliur - Ultralinx
Oliur is a designer, photographer, YouTuber and entrepreneur based in the UK. Having amassed over 100,000 followers on several different platforms, Oliur has become well known for his slick, minimal style. This clean aesthetic is also evident in his growing catalog of beautifully crafted digital and tangible products. We have a chilled convo about humble beginnings, creating freedom through products, his upcoming course, minimalism, and why it's important to re-invest in yourself.
#010 - Derek Sivers
Derek Sivers is an author, musician and entrepreneur famously known for founding CD Baby. What started as a hobby, turned intro an independant music juggernaut helping over 150,000 musicians sell $100m worth of music. However after selling CD Baby for a healthy sum back in 2008, Derek decided to not let money dictate his path and started a trust where 5% of the trusts value would be paid out to him annually, with the rest ultimately going to charity. He went on to write the hit book 'Anything You Want' in 2011, a personal favorite of mine that helped motivate me take the leap to work on my side projects full time. Derek and I have an absolutely blast reminiscing about our most memorable years in music also covering creativity, essentialism, Hendrix vs Bowie, his disregard for analytics, how to stand out online in 2020 and his secret to replying to 6000 emails in 10 days.
Intermission: The Road to the Yo! Podcast
Yo friends, I was a bit torn where to put this audio recording of my recent Indie Hackers talk but all roads naturally lead here. If you're not interested in my story leading to the Yo! Podcast then I'll catch you in the next episode with Derek Sivers. For the rest of you, I hope you enjoy a very casual chat sharing my first romances with computers, multiple failing side projects, monetizing One Page Love, shaving my eyebrow, the greatest month of my life designing the Yo! show for YouTube and I end the Podcast with a track from a band I used to play - hope you enjoy the talk:)
#009 - Jeff Sheldon - Ugmonk
Jeff Sheldon is the owner, designer and driving force behind the brand, Ugmonk. From humble beginnings entering t-shirt design contests to raising over $400k on kickstarter for the Gather desk organizer, Ugmonk is no overnight success. Jeff has consistently been shipping meticulously crafted products for over a decade and in-turn amassed a huge loyal following. We chat about his blend of business and personal branding, minimalism, effective social media channels, how he avoids burnout, Philly Cheesesteaks and the magic number for free shipping in the US.
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