Martin Betz

Martin Betz

Freelancer at martinbetz.eu Joined about 7 years ago

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  • Posted to Lingoapp: Organize, share and use all your visual assets in one place, Mar 28, 2016

    I tried Lingo and here is my quick review. Please note that I just use it alone, not with my team:

    PROS

    • one symbol per asset, but multiple file types (png, svg, jpg)
    • nice info and tagging
    • you can easily move assets between groups

    CONS

    • All assets in the app's archive, this locks you into the app as you cannot export your collections or browse them otherwise
    • Mandatory online sync - As a single user who syncs his devices and hence assets with ChronoSync, I see only disadvantages to the app's requirement to log onto Lingoapp online: I share my library with a company and I have no clue what they will do with it

    If you are like me and prefer simple and no-lock-in solutions, Lingo might not be the best choice. For me, the 5 bucks for iSmartPhoto were really worth it as it helps you manage your folder-based assets in a non-obstrusive way - and also has tags and a decent search functionality.

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  • Posted to Site Design: The new DeveloperTea.com, Jan 12, 2015

    Splendid simple yet to-the-point site. Great job. One impression I had however, was that the hierarchy of things to do or even calls to actions is not very clear. The most prominent element to me seems "Subscribe", yet I can't click it, but only the small icons below. Maybe you could make "Subscribe" clickable and show the options then. You might make it even more prominent then. Also, what was not very clear to me was the "Discuss this episode". It appeares so close to "Subscribe" and "Receive updates" that it becomes part of that visual group. So I thought it also is a CTA. Or did you have other ideas for this?

    Here is the visual hierarchy as I perceive it. You may tweak it a bit to make it more in line with what you intended.

    visual_hierarchy

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  • Posted to How Much Should I Charge?, Oct 05, 2014

    This does not tell me much. It's a wild mix of "what's the estimated cost" and "what I want to charge based upon my mood". While the first may have some justification, there are better tools to calculate your real cost (1), and better techniques to calculate the time you will spend on the project - think agile.

    Still, as Pawel points out, you should rather think about what the value for the client will be.

    If you work for an ecommerce site and can give it a sales boost of 20%, you could easily derive how much your work is really worth. If you create a simple website for a freelancer or a SME, it's a bit trickier. You have to figure out what the goal of the project is and develop a pricing strategy from there. Go by goals and measure goals by numbers. Web analytics help a lot, and try not to use "visitors per month" as a baseline. Better take customers that got recruited over web forms (freelancer) or number of valuable contacts over web forms (NGO).

    Plus, take Nathan Barry's advice:

    • Provide three packages with a entry with a low price, a medium offer with a much higher price and a premium product with the highest price.

    Finally, if you want to get to know more about value pricing, you should read Brennan Dunn's "Double your freelance rate" or at least subscribe to his excellent newsletter.

    (1) Calculate hourly rate - in German

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  • Posted to Taiga -- Agile, Open Source, Free Project Management System, in reply to Louis-André Labadie , Oct 03, 2014

    Louis,

    I think they have both groups in mind. Under "Customize Everything" I read "Toto, we have a feeling that Agile isn’t just for software anymore. … Let them see how productive and fun it can be to run marketing, legal, M&A, or any other projects using the Agile way." – Compare that to Jira or PivotalTracker which are totally focused on developers only.

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  • Posted to Hackers guide to setting up your Mac, Oct 03, 2014

    Homebrew and Homebresk Cask alone help to set up a couple of Macs for a team. And sure, you should first go through the other scripts and don't execute everything that you git pulled.

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