Launching ReadyForZero

ReadyForZero Screenshot

Today, we’re launching ReadyForZero, a startup dedicated to helping people manage their credit card debt.

When I decided to join ReadyForZero last November, I was burnt out.

Not that life was bad, but my work as a freelancer had left me unsatisfied. A year of subcontracting interaction design work sapped me. The projects I worked on were awesome, but I had about as much ownership over them as I do over clouds in the sky: here one minute, gone the next. Lengthy release cycles, strict NDAs, and end-of-project handoffs meant that I could hardly even talk about the products that saw the touch of my hand.

Don’t get me wrong – the projects were interesting and the people were fantastic, but one needs something more.

That’s why, with the launch of our site today, a page has been turned. This startup has put the spirit back in my step. I own my work. It owns me too. I care so deeply about it that I forget about stuff that doesn’t matter, and appreciate tenfold the stuff that does. I feel… effective.

ReadyForZero is a product designed to solve a real human problem: credit card debt. It’s not something that wants a lot of your time, but a productive and focused tool with a single real goal. At least, that’s the hope. We’ll get trolled, no doubt, and hopefully get some love too. We’ll probably help a few people get out of credit card debt, and that’s what matters.

Be warned: I’m gonna blog it up.

So get your comment buttons out, polish up that unsubscribe link, or just keep on flipping through Google Reader, but don’t think for a second that I will go ten months without posting again. (Sorry about that).

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Axure Better Defaults Library v2

This is version 2 of the Better Defaults library, expanded to sixty five (or so) interactive and cleanly styled widgets. Use it in place of the standard widget set.

Reasons to use these widgets include:

  • Consistent and improved styling.
  • Polished interactivity.
  • Standardized labeling.
  • Expanded set of shapes & controls.
  • Rollover, MouseDown, Selected, and Disabled styles for most controls.
  • Includes all defaults.

This is for version 5.5 and above. Put the extracted .rplib file in your “My Documents\My Axure RP Libraries\” folder (Windows) or your “Documents\Axure\Libraries” folder (Mac).

Preview |  Download the Axure Library

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Creating and Hosting Awesome Axure Libraries

Library Screenshot
Want to make your own Axure libraries? This is a short how-to guide on getting the most out of it. Continue reading

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Interaction ’10 Lesson: You’re all Awesome

I attended the #ixd10 conference last weekend in Savannah, and while better bloggers have summarized and analyzed the event, I’d like to share my own brief takeaway lesson.

Let your passion out into the world. Every single one of us is great at something unique, and we owe it to ourselves to share that with the greater community. That’s why I produce all this Axure stuff – because I’m good at it, and it makes people happy. Seriously: happy! That’s a damn good feeling.

Few professions provide this opportunity, this interconnectedness and openness that allow people of any age or location to make an immediate, positive impact across the world. Throughout the conference, as I sat through presentation after presentation of really cool people making really cool things, I realized yet again that the world is there for the improving. For each of us. So take some time outside of work to make something awesome – you’ll get back a thousand times what you put in.

Thanks.
-Loren

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Sketchy Axure Widget Library

Design using Sketchy Library

Kevin Wick has posted a very nice sketchy-styled Axure library.  I highly recommend it.

Prototyping in a very low-fidelity visual style generally helps your stakeholders provide feedback at the right level, as discussed in this article, and has been adopted by many other design tools, notably Balsamiq.

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