nickd

Hello! I’m a designer and writer from the northwest side of the city of Chicago. I run a consultancy called Draft. Here’s a complete list of what I’m working on right now:

  1. Serving my paying clients. I am focusing all new engagements on research-focused A/B testing. To learn more, head over to my consultancy’s site. Perhaps we could work together someday.
  2. Writing books. I wrote Cadence & Slang, a very small book about interaction design, in 2010. My next book is Draft Evidence, a compendium of my past work from the past four years. I will begin another book after Draft Evidence is finished this fall.
  3. Writing for my mailing list. I love writing to folks about design, business, and life; perhaps you could be one of them. You can subscribe to my weekly letters for free, or to Revise Weekly for only $49/month.
  4. Building relationships with a private group of independent, solo consultants. We wrote a book together. Further details are classified. No, you can’t join it.
  5. Recording a podcast called Make Money Online with my friend Kai Davis. If you want to learn more about what it’s like to run an independent consulting business, you should start there.
  6. Creating a private, intentional community within the city limits of Chicago. When Draft is closed, I spend most of my energy on helping other awesome Chicagoans make awesome work and grow as people, in a deliberate, face-to-face context. Slack, iMessage, and email are insufficient. You must put your body in the room, you must do it often, you must do it no matter what season it is, and you must not take the practice of doing so for granted. Get in touch with my assistant and provide a few Chicagoan references if you’re curious.

Those are my only six priorities until further notice. I don’t want to do anything else right now, including: going to meetups, speaking at meetups, taking coffee dates, going out for beer, joining your Slack team, partnering on your startup, taking on unpaid work (including Skype calls), working with agencies, traveling outside of Logan Square or Avondale (including and especially downtown), speaking at conferences, or traveling for my job.

In short, I am doing literally nothing besides the things outlined above. And there is nothing you can (or should) do to disrupt my focus from what I care about. My time and attention are the only things I have in my life, and I protect them savagely.

With all that in mind, all inquiries go to my assistant. My biography is here, if you wish to quote me or reuse my work for press purposes. Thanks for reading.