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Pricing for the Web with Brad Weaver

How to Do Great Work Without Losing Your Shirt (and Soul)

Most of us who are any good at design, development, or UX got into this because we love it, not because we saw dollar signs. We grew up with concert posters, comic books, and t-shirts letting us know that creative is cool, and we'd like to keep it that way. But what happens when you've been at this for a while and you're still making fry cook wages (or so it seems)? Billing hourly, outsourcing, using templates, and all of the other less than exciting parts of the job creep in. So how do you create great work, stay fresh, and avoid starvation all at once?

Let's have a chat about real dollars, real projects, and real solutions to figure out how we can do what we love without losing our shirts and souls.


About Brad Weaver

Brad Weaver is a UX Designer and the founder of Suckerpunch Studios. He designs, he codes, he writes, he UXs, he slices and dices. Prior to founding Suckerpunch in 2007, he ran screaming from a decade at Verizon in product development, interactive, branding, and market segmentation. He's also folded clothes, pumped gas, bagged groceries, sold cell phones, and climbed the Great Wall of China. He likes beer, scotch, Oxford commas, and Jesus, but not in that order.

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  • Logan G.

    This was an excellent topic that was covered extremely well by Brad.
    His end notes and a link to his slides are here: https://github.com/bradweaver/pricingfortheweb

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Jason S.

    It was great meeting everyone last night. I enjoyed the topic and lived that life for 12 years. Here is the #1 thing I used at my agency to get the budget 100% of the time. Enjoy! http://jasonswenk.com/budget-buster-2/

    February 28, 2014

  • Lee B.

    Thanks Brad, I learned a lot!

    February 28, 2014

  • Erik S.

    Great presentation - sorry I had to split so suddenly afterwards. Hope someone enjoyed my beer :-)

    February 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brad is very knowledgeable (or seems very knowledgeable) about the topic. :) I enjoyed all that he had to share. It expanded my thought process on payment models and how to use them interchangeable. The most important lesson learned is MY value as a professional web developer. You can't buy that... or maybe you can. I'm now social-stalking this guy to see what else I can learn from him.

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • Gene H.

    Very interesting topic. See you there!

    February 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, everyone. I am really looking forward to get new insight on the best way to build a quality product without breaking my pockets and also meeting some website designer guru's because I need some help, lol.

    February 23, 2014

  • Brad W.

    Great to see everyone at Mailchimp tonight for Chris Harrison's intro to Preprocessors! Our pricing talk later this month is going to have some interactive time and I plan to hang around afterward to answer as many questions as I can. We'll use the hashtag #awdgpricing for the discussion. Feel free to pre-tweet things you'd like to see covered on the 27th and we'll continue the discussion leading up to and beyond the event.

    1 · February 6, 2014

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