Ben Blumenfeld

Ben Blumenfeld

Cofounder Joined about 9 years ago

  • 12 stories
  • Posted to Introducing The Standard Freelance Contract, Feb 22, 2017

    "70 percent of freelancers have been stiffed by a client at least once, only 28 percent say they always use a contract—likely due to the costs associated with seeking legal counsel."

    We've seen too many designers either use difficult to read contracts they don't quite understand or not use them at all. Really happy to see AND CO trying to create a standard here for freelancers everywhere to get more designers to be protected, make it cheaper to have a contract, and give you more time to do the design work that gets you paid. Would love to hear people's thoughts on this and how they want to see this evolve.

    12 points
  • Posted to Announcing Bridge 2017, Jan 31, 2017

    We’re excited to announce an evolution of Bridge in 2017, which will enable us to impact more designers than ever before. This year, we’ll be hosting three Bridge programs, each structured around a different design focus: Product Design, Communication Design, and Design Management.

    If you have any questions we're happy to answer them for the DN community!

    1 point
  • Posted to Which Major Design Trends Will Emerge In 2017?, Jan 31, 2017

    Would love to hear what other trends people here think will emerge this year (other than soft drop shadows ;)

    2 points
  • Posted to How AND CO is Designing a System to Take Care of Freelancers, Oct 25, 2016

    AND CO only uses conversational UI when there’s a clear benefit to the experience. “Sometimes simple lists and clean forms are still the best UI for getting people through workflows,” says Leif. “It’s easy to be seduced by new UI paradigms but forcing everything to happen in tiny chat bubbles can often make an experience rather painful.”

    Hey DN - we interviewed designer founders Leif Abraham and Martin Strutz about their approach to designing AND CO, a service that helps freelancers create invoices, file expenses, track time and manage projects. They broke down some nitty gritty design decisions and shared some mocks so designers everywhere benefit from their learnings. Hope you enjoy.

    4 points
  • Posted to Recommended Tools by Designer Founder Guild, in reply to James Young , Jun 22, 2016

    James the post should be easily available here -

    Do you mean the guide itself? We try to make sure we understand the types of designer founders served by the knowledge we share which is why we ask for that info before sharing the guides themselves. Does that make sense?

    0 points
  • Posted to Recommended Tools by Designer Founder Guild, Jun 21, 2016

    Today, we’re releasing our second Knowledge Guide: Recommended Tools. When starting a new company, many designer founders spend a lot of time researching and testing tools to help them effectively build their company. This includes design and product focused tools for A/B testing, prototyping, and design collaboration, as well as more general business tools to track customer support, invoicing, and sales. We think we can make designer founders more successful by sharing this siloed knowledge more broadly.

    Happy to answer any DN community questions and would love feedback on other tools people find valuable.

    1 point
  • Posted to New iOS game by two ex-Facebook designers — Pinchworm, May 24, 2016

    So well done - you guys should talk about all the details that went into this game!

    0 points
  • Posted to Announcing Designer Founder Guild to help designers build companies, May 12, 2016

    We're bringing together a group of exceptional founders who are committed to helping more designers build and scale tech companies. Through events and knowledge guides, we plan to distill best practices to share with the broader design community. Our first DFG knowledge guide is a list of recommended investors who’ve backed companies co-founded by designers because it’s hard to know which investors understand and value design at the early stages.

    Happy to answer any questions from the DN community. Thanks all!

    1 point
  • Posted to Framer — Introducing new UI controls to make prototyping easier than ever before, Apr 12, 2016

    Wrote up some thoughts about why this update is so special - - complete with Framer expert tips.

    5 points
  • Posted to How to Understand and Negotiate Your Startup Compensation, Oct 05, 2015

    We get asked about comp a lot and hope this guide can be a great tool for designers joining startups. Let us know if you have more questions or tips you'd want to see added to it.

    3 points
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