What is UX?

Key Takeaways

  • User experience defines the user.
  • Information architecture puts all of that user and project information on paper. It typically functions in the form of a wireframe.
  • In the digital agency, wireframes (and other documents like this) are known as deliverables. You’ll hear that word a lot. For example, “When are the deliverables due?” and “I’m paying you $10,000 to talk to people and research? Okay, but what’s the actual deliverable?”

How to Learn User Experience Design (UX) Today

Additional Resources to Keep You Learning

Agile vs. Waterfall

Key Takeaways

When we look at the web development process, there are two ways to approach it: Waterfall and Agile.

Waterfall: Each team member finishes their piece of the project, then passes it on to the next person in the assembly line.

Agile: Everyone on the team works together to solve the problem simultaneously.

Let’s imagine building a website:

In a Waterfall situation, you’ll see that John makes the wireframe, WHILE Sarah makes the design, THEN Mike writes all the code.

On an Agile team, John would make a very rough wireframe, WHILE Sarah makes the design — WHILE Mike begins writing the first lines of code.

Neither method is necessarily GOOD or BAD. You might find that certain clients or projects demand Agile, while others are better suited to Waterfall. At the end of the day, they are just two different methods for launching a product.

Additional Resources to Keep You Learning

Read Lean UX (2013) by Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden.

What is Rails?

Key Takeaways

Ruby on Rails allows you to build websites with code — quickly.

Ruby on Rails is the back-end language. When you choose it, you’ll also be using HTML and CSS.

Here are three reasons why you should get started with Ruby on Rails:

  1. It’s easy for a beginner to learn.
  2. There are a lot of jobs for Ruby on Rails developers.
  3. Some of the biggest websites in the world use Ruby on Rails: Hulu, Twitter, Funny or Die, Shopify, Codecademy, and Kickstarter.

How to Learn Rails Today

Additional Resources to Keep You Learning

What is Meditation?

Key Takeaways

We suggest a quick meditation technique known as Mindfulness of Breathing. Here’s how it works in three steps:

  1. Sit comfortably. You don’t need to do any special pose, just sit in a way that is relaxing.
  2. Bring your attention to the physical sensation of the breath. Breathe in. Breathe out. And just observe the breathe.
  3. Don’t worry if your mind wanders — it’s part of the process. Each time your mind wanders just return to your breathe (step #2).

Additional Resources

Want to Write More in the New Year?

Want to Write More in the New Year?

 December 31, 2014 / by Sarah Peck

Jack Kerouac

30 days of writing: a month-long writing challenge

We’ve been thinking a lot about resolutions and behavior change here at One Month. This time of year is a great time for reflection and introspection. This week, after reviewing our personal resolutions, we realized that many of us have writing-related goals: we want to write more in the new year, whether it’s books, essays, personal writing, or even working on improving our speaking ability.

Writing as a daily habit can be hard to develop. So as a team, we brainstormed a few ways to make it easier to do.

As a result, we built a free email series that sends out a new writing prompt every day for 30 days.

Want to write with us? Sign up here to get email prompts delivered daily for a month and join us on the writing journey.

What are your writing goals for 2015? 
We each have our own writing goals — some of us want to write daily, others want to write 3 times a week. Pick a frequency that’ll work for you. Use the prompts as a jumping off point to kickstart your own writing habit. There’s nothing like a little email reminder to get you moving on a project.