Mustefa Jo'shen

Mustefa Jo'shen

Founder & CEO at Design Cofounders Joined almost 9 years ago

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  • Posted to Design Thinking × Education × Community, and the death of the design agency., Jan 27, 2015

    I wrote about building our design studio in Toronto in 2014, from zero, to freelancing, to a real live company with some pretty incredible clients. It's been a pretty incredible 12 month adventure.

    Feel free to ask any questions.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Your favourite interview-related podcasts?, Jan 27, 2015

    I'd recommend Hack to Start: It's the #2 recommended business/design podcast on iTunes run by @TylerCopeland.

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  • Posted to Do you charge your clients Hourly? How is that possible?, Jan 27, 2015

    It's interesting to judge blocks of time and rates. Even if you sell time. Does working 40 hours = selling exactly 40 hours? What if you finish earlier? What if you need to take more time?

    We sell resources by the week, and it's all results oriented, but based on projects. So we do estimate for a project, and then sell the projects by the week, and pre-sell 2-6 months at a time.

    During the project, we can provide any changes to estimates based on progress, or updated requirements.

    At the end of the day, you're really charging hourly if you count the hours. If you work full time, you only really work about 25-30 hours a week. So how can you sell 40 hours per week?

    Sell weeks, and give an appropriate amount of work that can be completed in that week, then move on.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: How much should a raise be for Sr. UX Designer?, in reply to Jess Lam , Jan 20, 2015

    The reasons I ask is that the % increase are all relative. If you're looking at a UX Designer topping 120k, it's good to ask why a senior designer would make $110k on the low end.

    It would make sense that a UX Designer goes from 80k - 120k, and then a senior designer goes anything above 120k, yeah?

    What we do at DC is define set salary increases per year that adjust for both inflation + as a raise based on experience, as well as increase of caps to salaries depending on seniority within the organization. In that way there's no guessing.

    Living costs per city are definitely a factor when you look at salaries between a lot of cities in the States. Here's a good gauge other than Indeed: Angel List

    I'd recommend looking past SF. Good Luck!

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  • Posted to Mac email client. What's your choice?, in reply to Marci Ikeler , Jan 20, 2015

    +1 for Gmail in Chrome.

    The short cuts are great, and it's accessible from any browser. It's also really great that it's integrated well across other Google services.

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  • Posted to ASK DN: How do you keep learning after school?, Jan 20, 2015

    Hey Ryan, just jumping into Designer News for the first time today. This is a great question!

    Are you involved in your local design community, and are there meetups to learn or meet folks at? Are there any startups that really need help you can do side work with, maybe at accelerators, or incubators?

    Reading and classes are great, but doing real work (more of it) is even better.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: How much should a raise be for Sr. UX Designer?, Jan 20, 2015

    Hey Jess, where are you located? How much does a UX Designer make, and how much do you expect a senior designer make? What's the % of a raise based on? That could help with good criteria, happy to help!

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