Michelle McCausland

Designer, Creator, Developer

I talk about being a productive designer.
I am currently employed as a UX designer + Technical Writer.

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My Changelog

  • How To Never Be Bored Again

    July 19, 2021

    Feeling “bored” can result in a complete lack of motivation. You don’t have the drive to pick something from your list of chores. You can’t bring yourself to do anything except watch YouTube mindlessly.

  • Edition 011 Of Design Insight

    July 16, 2021

    The humanual, impossible checkbox, iPod.js, 2 UI/UX tips, understanding the Software Ideas landing page

  • Jekyll - Add An Affiliate Disclaimer To Specific Posts

    July 12, 2021

    Here’s how I implemented an affiliate disclaimer to specific posts or pages on my Jekyll website.

  • Twitter Posting Schedule Printable

    July 09, 2021

    I created a free printable to manage how you schedule your Tweets.

  • Edition 010 Of Design Insight

    July 09, 2021

    Centered and full-justified text, Usability.gov, GetTerms, 2 UI/UX Tips, Understanding The Notion PM Landing Page

  • Establish A Shut Down Routine For Maximum Clarity

    July 05, 2021

    A shutdown routine is something you do at the end of your workday that tells your brain, I’m finished with work today.

  • Edition 009 Of Design Insight

    July 02, 2021

    Confirmation Bias, Carrd, A List Apart, 2 UI/UX Design Tips, Understanding The Game Thinking Landing Page

  • 5 Ways For A UI Designer To Come Up With Ideas

    June 28, 2021

    As a UI Designer, you are essentially paid for your ideas. They are your greatest source of value.

  • Edition 008 Of Design Insight

    June 25, 2021

    Mental Models For Search, Pomofocus, Frontend Mentor, 2 UI/UX Design Tips, Understanding the 100 Days of No Code landing page

  • I reached 300 followers on Twitter!

    June 23, 2021

    I’ve been actively using Twitter since March 2021 so it’s really rewarding to see people value the content I share. I’ve been able to connect with some great people through Twitter which has been an excellent experience.

  • 70 Visual Essays In 90 Days

    June 22, 2021

    I was inspired by #ship30for30 where people post atomic or visual essays every day for 30 days.

  • Changelog Website (This Website You're Looking At)

    June 21, 2021

    I created this website to act as a central place for all of my work (aside from my personal website). I’m hoping it encourages me to create more things.

  • Be Consistent - That Is Your One Thing

    June 21, 2021

    It’s easy to be bombarded by things you should work on or should do. Things from work, things in your life, things you read on social media.

  • Jekyll Tailwind Boilerplate Project

    June 20, 2021

    This repo contains a boilerplate project for Jekyll with Tailwind CSS. After much work and frustration I eventually got this up and running 💪.

  • Edition 007 Of Design Insight

    June 18, 2021

    Design guidelines for complex apps, Twitter card validator, Wappalyzer, using testimonials, clean landing pages, understanding the NotionMetrics landing page.

  • Creative Constraints Are Good For You

    June 14, 2021

    We all need constraints to operate effectively. In the world of creators, creative constraints allow us to focus our energy and concentration in the right place.

  • Edition 006 Of Design Insight

    June 11, 2021

    6 Principles to make your ideas stick, Canva, Gradientify SVG Icons, better hero design, how Screenshot.Rocks works

  • Edition 005 Of Design Insight

    June 04, 2021

    Design User-Friendly Error Messages, CoolHue, Screenshot Rocks, Use Google Fonts, Review designs at different screen sizes, How CoolHue 2.0 Anticipates Its Audience’s Needs

  • Life Contexts - Cues To Differentiate Between Work And Home

    May 31, 2021

    As one of the many people now working from home, I found the process difficult at first.

  • Edition 004 Of Design Insight

    May 28, 2021

    A framework to make design decisions, Laws of UX, DrawKit, 404 pages, button hovers, how DrawKit’s landing page builds trust

  • How To Overcome The Blank Page As A Creator

    May 26, 2021

    Learn how to overcome the dreaded blank page with this free eBook.

  • 9 Apps I Use Daily As A Creator

    May 24, 2021

    As someone that is interested in systems and workflows, I’m always curious about the tools other people use to make them more productive.

  • Edition 003 Of Design Insight

    May 21, 2021

    Methods to Get Smarter at Visual/UI Design, Color Contrast Checker, Product Mockup Templates, Buy Me A Coffee

  • The Creator's Philosophy - Create Once Use Many Times

    May 17, 2021

    In the world of content creation, we’re always creating new things. New blog posts, new videos, podcasts, and social media posts.

  • Edition 002 Of Design Insight

    May 14, 2021

    Paradox Of The Active User, Color Contrast, Poor Font Choice

  • Why You Should Schedule Time For Creativity

    May 10, 2021

    The whole idea of creativity and being creative is underestimated in today’s world.

  • Edition 001 Of Design Insight

    May 07, 2021

    Picking Fonts, Creating Color Palettes, Areas Designers Should Focus On

  • UI Design Patterns - How To Write Effective Error Messages

    May 03, 2021

    Any well-designed application should have good error messages. When I say good error messages I’m not talking about a message like “Critical Error x-299498sdkfjh”. Let’s face it, that helps no one.

  • Jekyll - Add Estimated Reading Time To Posts

    April 28, 2021

    Adding the estimated reading time of your article provides valuable context for readers. They can decide if they want to read your article now or bookmark it and save it for later.

  • How To Make Your Productivity Systems More Efficient

    April 26, 2021

    How we live our lives and the systems we use to keep on top of things is always changing.

  • Jekyll - How To Enable Incremental Regeneration To Speed Up Build Times

    April 21, 2021

    A great tip for speeding up the build time of your Jekyll blog is to make use of the incremental regeneration feature.

  • Why Regular Reflection Can Help You Become More Productive

    April 19, 2021

    It can be easy to fall into the pattern of working from day to day, week to week. Finding the time and motivation to learn how to improve or become better than you were before can seem like a huge task.

  • Creative Visuals Dashboard

    April 16, 2021

    This Dashboard, built in Notion, will help you to organize the visuals you create each day if you follow a daily visual challenge or something similar.

  • The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran - Book-Notes, Summary, Review

    April 16, 2021

    The 12 Week Year will fundamentally change how you think about goal planning and working towards those goals.

  • Jekyll - How To Determine Build Times

    April 14, 2021

    If you’re looking to optimize the build time of your Jekyll blog, it’s useful to know just how long each part of the build process takes.

  • Overcoming The Blank Page As A Creator

    April 12, 2021

    As I sit down to write this article, I’m not starting from scratch.

  • Social Media Kit - Figma

    April 07, 2021

    This social media kit is a useful quickstart for anyone looking to build a presence on social media.

  • I Got My First Sale On Gumroad!

    April 07, 2021

    I sold my first copy of the Social Media Kit I created in Figma and made $5.

  • Jekyll - How To Limit Posts During The Build Process

    April 07, 2021

    As your Jekyll blog grows in size over time, you might find that the build process takes longer to run.

  • Why Writing Blog Posts In Markdown Is A Game Changer

    April 05, 2021

    I enjoy writing my articles using Markdown as it offers a lot of benefits. I’m able to write without distraction. Plus my hands never need to leave the keyboard to format what I’m writing.

  • Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy - Book-Notes, Summary, Review

    April 02, 2021

    The 12 Week Year will fundamentally change how you think about goal planning and working towards those goals.

  • Jekyll - Creating External Links That Open In A New Tab

    March 31, 2021

    A common convention for external links is that they open in a new tab. The idea behind this is that you can easily go back to the previous tab if you need to. This makes it easy for users to return to your website.

  • Keep A Web Dev Notebook To Learn More Effectively

    March 29, 2021

    If you have read my recent post: You Learn More Effectively By Practicing, you’ll know that I’ve consciously made an effort to continue building my web development knowledge.

  • Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky - Book-Notes, Summary, Review

    March 26, 2021

    Cognitive Surplus was a thought-provoking but enjoyable book to read. It raised a lot of great points about the world we currently live in. A world where people are actively consuming media and have lots of “free time” when compared with previous generations.

  • How To Remove A Post Category From The Blog Page In WordPress

    March 24, 2021

    If you have many different post categories on your WordPress website, you might want to funnel them to different pages. This is especially important to consider if you have included each of your post categories in your navigation menu.

  • You Learn More Effectively By Practicing

    March 22, 2021

    I recently started back into building up my web development skills. A lot has changed in the time since I last actively made an effort to advance my knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript so I needed to catch up!

  • Hooked by Nir Eyal - Book-Notes, Summary, Review

    March 19, 2021

    Hooked by Nir Eyal outlines The Hook Model, a methodology for building habit forming products that improve a user’s life in some way.

  • My Current Obsidian Setup 2021

    March 15, 2021

    I have been using Obsidian as my personal knowledge management (PKM) system for the last number of months.

  • How A UI Designer Uses Todoist

    March 12, 2021

    I recently revised the way I use Todoist to manage my work-related tasks as a UI Designer at the company where I work.

  • My Writing Workflow For Content Creation

    March 08, 2021

    I recently revised my content creation workflow to tie in better with my goal to develop a consistent writing habit. With that in mind, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share with you my simplified writing workflow for content creation.

  • GitHub Repo - Mishacreatrix Links Page

    March 07, 2021

    This repo contains my links page; the page that I link to from Twitter and Instagram. It contains all of my most helpful links for anyone looking to learn more about me.

  • Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug - Book-Notes, Summary, Review

    March 05, 2021

    Don’t Make Me Think was a transformative reading experience for me. It boils down a lot of complex and indepth usability research and best practices into easy to understand advice with examples.

  • UI Design Patterns - How To Handle Disabled Components

    March 03, 2021

    I recently had to do some research to figure out how to properly handle disabled fields and buttons (I’m collectively calling them components). This design pattern is quite often used across my designs so I wanted to be sure I was implementing it correctly.

  • Using Inboxes To Manage Your Thoughts And Ideas

    March 01, 2021

    Our brains are always thinking and processing. If each thought was a word, we would be able to generate enough content to produce a whole book every single day.

  • The War Of Art by Steven Pressfield - Book-Notes, Summary, Review

    February 26, 2021

    The War Of Art focuses on the topics of resistance and procrastination. It offers lots of insight into how these can negatively affect our creative output and general ability to get work done.

  • Can A Rubik's Cube Help With Your Focus?

    February 22, 2021

    I recently wrote about the act of continuous learning and made a case for learning from and being inspired by others.

  • A Simple But Effective Way To Learn Every Day

    February 15, 2021

    Just because you’ve left school doesn’t mean that you should stop learning. In fact, I would argue that you should never stop learning new things.

  • Getting Things Done by David Allen - Book-Notes, Summary, Review

    February 12, 2021

    Getting Things Done is widely considered a staple of the productivity world and is the go-to book recommended if you’re looking to become a more productive person. It’s the go-to book that many consider being the start of the “productivity revolution”.

  • Don’t Underestimate The Benefits Of A Day Job

    February 08, 2021

    In today’s day and age, many people can become their own boss by being a “content creator” or “knowledge worker”. The internet is full of ambitious and creative people that make their living solely online.

  • Peak by Anders Ericsson - Book-Notes, Summary, Review

    February 05, 2021

    Reading Peak was an extremely motivational experience for me. The idea that everyone can improve with deliberate practice no matter how old you are is a really great message.

  • Knowledge Vault Of Digital Notes

    February 01, 2021

    Jumpstart your Knowledge Management System with my hand-crafted vault of literature notes. This is built in Notion.

  • How Task Batching Can Accelerate Your Productivity

    February 01, 2021

    As someone who writes blog posts pretty consistently and as a content creator in general, I find that I end up working on a lot of the same types of tasks quite regularly.

  • The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry - Book-Notes, Summary, Review

    January 29, 2021

    Reading The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry really opened my eyes to the fun and creativity that can be found in the world of designers and creators. As a UI designer, I now have a renewed motivation to continue to improve my craft and to create new things.

  • UI Design Patterns - How To Use Modals On Mobile Devices

    January 27, 2021

    I recently did some research into the best practices for designing modals on mobile devices. This is something we are looking to implement across our mobile apps at my job so I needed some help in understanding how these types of components work and how they’re supposed to be used.

  • Building A Consistent Writing Habit

    January 25, 2021

    I’ve been writing quite a bit about goals, reviews, and routines lately as a result of the new year and that’s going to continue in today’s article.

  • How To Read A Book by Mortimer Adler – Book-Notes, Summary, Review

    January 22, 2021

    You might think you know how to read a book but you’re probably not remembering much of what you’re reading. That’s where this book comes in. It describes the different levels of reading and how you can get much more out of the books you read.

  • Determine The Why Behind Your Work For Increased Motivation

    January 18, 2021

    At the start of a fresh new year, or when you’re planning out the week ahead during your weekly review, it can be tempting to pile on more and more things to your to-do list.

  • The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey – Book-Notes, Summary, Review

    January 15, 2021

    Reading The Productivity Project showed me that being busy isn’t the same thing as being productive. When we are productive we are accomplishing the right things that we intentionally set out to work on.

  • Restarting The Weekly Review Process

    January 11, 2021

    The start of a new year brings with it the chance to review and refine our routines.

  • Sprint by Jake Knapp – Book-Notes, Summary, Review

    January 08, 2021

    Running a sprint is an excellent way to test out a solution to a problem without sinking lots of time and money into it.

  • Don’t Get Overwhelmed By Your Goals – Keep It Simple

    January 04, 2021

    As it’s the start of a brand new year, we’re all in the throws of reflecting over the last year and setting our new goals for the year ahead.

  • Notion Templates Pack

    January 01, 2021

    Make the most of your Notion setup to get work done with this set of Notion templates.

  • How To Build A Flow Diagram In Obsidian Using Mermaid

    December 21, 2020

    As an avid Obsidian user, I am always curious to learn how I can get the most out of this application.

  • The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll – Book-Notes, Summary, Review

    December 18, 2020

    Each time I re-read The Bullet Journal Method, I come away with something new that resonates with me. This book has inspired a pen and paper revolution among those of us that were previously slaves to our digital devices.

  • UI Design Patterns - What’s The Difference Between Search and Filter?

    December 11, 2020

    As a UI designer at the company where I work, I am often tasked with creating new designs for complex systems that manage a lot of data.

  • Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon – Book-Notes, Summary, Review

    December 04, 2020

    From reading Steal Like An Artist, I learned how to become more confident in sharing the work that I create. By learning that nothing is truly original, simply a mashup of other ideas, I learned how to harness my creativity to generate ideas that are unique to me.

  • Notion Library Tour - How I Capture Knowledge On What I Watch & Read

    November 27, 2020

    In this article, I would like to walk you through my Notion Library setup.

  • Show Your Work by Austin Kleon – Book-Notes, Summary, Review

    November 25, 2020

    Reading Show Your Work unlocked the motivation I needed to be more confident in sharing my thoughts with the world. This is a helpful book for content creators, knowledge workers, and creatives alike.

  • How To Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens – Book-Notes, Summary, Review

    November 20, 2020

    How To Take Smart Notes completely changed the way I look at reading books and taking notes based on what I watch, read, and listen to. This is a must-read for anyone that really enjoys reading but wants to get even more value and insight from the books they read.

  • Do You Need Coding Skills To Be A UI Designer?

    November 13, 2020

    In today’s day and age, people are constantly changing jobs as well as changing careers. Gone are the days when we simply had one career and one job until retirement.