Richard is a full stack developer. Currently he is working on a grant project with MIT building a PDF annotator in a Chrome extension to help facilitate scientific research.
When he’s not busy building a PDF annotator in a Chrome extension; he is running his on-the-side business, The User is Drunk.
He likes stouts.
We were curious to know more and Richard kindly complied.
It’s a website. On the website you can pay me money, which I will then use to buy myself and some friends some beer while I drunkenly attempt to use your website and give you good feedback.
I was reviewing a site for a friend of mine while I was drunk. I thought “Hey, I can do this and have people pay me to do this.”
Well, first I go to the bar. But more realistically, I have a Trello board that tells me what review is up next, if there are any special requests. I then open up Screenmailer, a very good screen capture app I use, and just start filming. At the end, I deliver a document with all of the advice I gave during my ten minutes or so of reviewing. That’s about it. I drink lots of water after.
There’s been a few times I have laughed a bit too much or been too unhappy with a site to really give good feedback. One time I just started singing. Generally, I don’t redo a screencast – people pay me to get drunk and review their site, not to give good feedback or deliver value for their company (something a lot of people seem to miss). Generally, I don’t get responses back from those clients. I’ve refunded one client, too, because I couldn’t get sound to work while recording a gaming app on my phone. It happens.
Because most users aren’t interested in your site – they’re interested in what value your site gives them. People don’t have limitless bandwidth to muddle through a site. Someone who doesn’t care and will leave immediately if they don’t understand your site is generally the kind of person you want to design for, not for your CEO or for your stakeholders.
Mostly that people seem to think people will read text. Drunk people don’t. Also, generally hitting all of the buttons at once or backing out in the middle of a form aren’t things that designers plan for.
Too much text.
Most of the time they are pretty grateful and think it is hilarious. I love my clients.
It’s whatever cost I can keep it at to stop people from buying because I need a break and my liver didn’t get much of one for the first month. I might drop it down again if I need more money at some point, but I don’t really want to keep doing it right now too often.
I made that, too. My friend Scotty and I thought it would be fun to run a business together, so we did. His mother Pam was interested, and we had a lot of fun.
There was one where there was no CSS – it was just a student’s blog. I laughed and laughed.
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