Ten Thousand Hours

A blog about tech, business and life

They say 10,000 hours is what it takes to become an expert in anything, so we’re putting that to the test. We want to build the best design and development studio the world has ever seen, so we’re tracking our progress from 0 to 10,000 billable hours. And we’re sharing everything — our successes, failures, metrics, rates — right here on this blog.

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Design

How to bot... a UX teardown of the Botcamp application

Last night around 3 a.m., I was doing some research into chatbots and the bot ecosystem. Why? Because yesterday I started working on building a bot for an upcoming blog post and I have an addictive personality. On a whim I decided to apply to the Betaworks Botcamp program. Naturally, you apply to Botcamp through a chatbot (how many times am I going to use the word bot in this post?*). So today I thought it would be fun to do a quick UX teardown of their application.

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Development

Deploying Ember apps with Deploybot

So you've built an Ember app and you're ready to deploy it. You like to work smart, not hard, so you want to find a deployment process that minimizes human error and makes your life as easy as possible. You might be tempted to just compile your files locally and commit them to source control. You can make that work, but it's far from optimal for a few reasons

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Business

What Elon Musk gets that most people don’t

The idea of sharing is a huge part of what has gotten us to where we are today. While Tesla’s patents may not have directly impacted the company we’ve become, when we were first trying to figure out how to run a startup, we spent hours pouring over the Groove and Buffer blogs. So when we started making the shift to become a full-time design and development shop, the first thing we did was start looking for design agencies that were doing the same thing. And we couldn’t find any.

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Business

7 Alternatives to Upwork That Don't Suck

Finding quality work on Upwork (formerly oDesk) sucks. The pay is terrible and the job descriptions are generally vague and below par. So here are 7 places to find freelance work online that are much more effective. Note that these are in no particular order.

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Design

Finding inspiration sitting on the can

How often do you go to the bathroom? If you don’t have health issues and are being honest, your answer is probably every day. When you interact with something that often, it can be difficult to notice brilliant design when you see it, but that’s exactly where I found a bit of great design the other day.

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Business

With a paddle: Why you need a contract for every project

As a designer, it can be easy to jump past the initial stages of a client project and get right to designing. Usually, you’re excited about getting to work and getting all the ideas running through your head down on paper. But rushing to get projects started can come back to haunt you, especially if you don't have a good framework to go by.

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