Inside Creative Minds: Workflows, Habits And Strategies

Inside Creative Minds: Workflows, Habits And Strategies

The key to successful projects and products are the people behind them. Have you ever found yourself wondering how these thinkers and creators of the Web actually work, and how they tackle their projects? Where do they seek inspiration, and what are the lessons they have learned in the course of their careers? With the help of this eBook, we want to focus on the people behind the names for a change.


The authors of this eBook had the occasion to sit down with experienced influencers and successful designers for a row of interviews in which they provide first-hand insights into their very own workflows, habits and strategies. WordPress co-founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little are among them, JavaScript evangelist Doug Crockford, IDEO’s Duane Bray, Meetup’s vice president Andres Glusman, as well as many other creative minds from design, UX and startup branches. Their insights and stories are not only truly inspiring, but also contribute to giving this fast-moving, tech-driven Web industry a more familiar face.


  • How I Work: Doug Crockford on JavaScript
    by Jacob Cook
  • How I Work: IDEO's Duane Bray On Creating Great Digital Experiences
    by Jacob Cook
  • How I Work: Meetup's Andres Glusman On The Power Of UX And Lean Startup Methods
    by Jacob Cook
  • Copying Others Is Not The Answer
    by Robert Bowen
  • “Be Careful: Trends Come And Go”
    by Leona Hu
  • “Be Humble, Be Honest, Don't Be Afraid To Fail” by Leona Hu
  • WordPress: How It Came To Be And Where It’s Heading
    by Alex Moss
  • Interview With Nadine Chahine: The Art And Craft Of Arabic Type Design
    by Iris Lješnjanin
  • Ask The Expert — A Chat About Art, Design, Computers And Education With Milton Glaser
    by Jad Limcaco

Technical Information

  • Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
  • Pages: 81
  • Language: English
  • Released: April 2014
  • Publisher: Smashing Magazine GmbH
  • ISBN (PDF): 978-3-94454033-7
  • ISBN (EPUB): 978-3-94454034-4
  • ISBN (KINDLE): 978-3-94454035-1

Excerpt From Chapter 2

“Be Careful: Trends Come And Go” — by Leona Hu

As one of the top designers on Dribbble, Jan Martin attracts many followers with his visual design skills. Unlike many designers, Jan is incredibly humble about what he has achieved. ‘Stop following what the visionary designers think,’ he says. ‘There is no wrong or right way. We need to create our own things and always design with our heart.’

Excerpt From Chapter 2

How I Work: Doug Crockford On JavaScript — by Jacob Cook

Welcome to the first in a new series of interviews called “How I Work”. These interviews revolve around how thinkers and creators in the Web world design, code, and create. The goal is not to get into the specific nuances of their craft (as that information already exists online), but rather step back and learn a bit about their habits, philosophies, and workflow for producing great work.

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