Building a Course

Building a Course

In this episode, Amy and James discuss all the things that go into course creation: why? What? How? Where to Host? Building the right audience.

  • James Q Quick
  • Amy Dutton


November 23, 2021

In this episode, Amy and James discuss all things SVGs: what is, why and when to reach for it, and seven different ways to get an SVG on the page, and the pros and cons of each method.


Crossover Episode with Purrfect Dev

November 17, 2021

This is a crossover episode with our friends, Alex Patterson and Brittney Postma from the Purrfect.dev podcast. In this episode, we all discuss our jobs. Even though we're all in tech, our day-to-day work looks vastly different.


Getting git

November 9, 2021

In this episode, Amy and James explain the fundamentals of git and their most-used commands. They also explain basic different workflows, if you're working with a team or by yourself.


Small Design Tweaks that Make All the Difference

November 3, 2021

In this episode, Amy and James talk about small design tweaks that you can make that will make a big difference. These recommendations are helpful if you're looking for basic principles and guidelines to take your site to the next level.


Getting Started with TypeScript

October 27, 2021

In this episode, James and Amy discuss everything you need to know to get up and running with TypeScript: what is TypeScript, why use TypeScript, the basic types, and how and where to go to get started.


Struggle Bus

October 20, 2021

In this episode, Amy and James are honest about some of the things they struggle with. -- Things they struggled with early in their tech career and some of the things they continue to struggle with even now.


Wordpress in 2021

October 13, 2021

In this episode, Amy and James discuss the state of WordPress in 2021. Is it still relevant? Is it worth learning? What does the developer experience look like? What does the future of WordPress hold?


Freelancing IRL: Unveiling a Site Redesign

October 6, 2021

In this episode, Amy and James continue their ongoing discussion for redesigning James's personal site, jamesqquick.com. Amy unveils a site redesign and together they talk through James's feedback and what the next iteration of his site might look like.


Our Favorite Things: A Crossover Episode with Web Dev Weekly

September 28, 2021

In this episode, we combine forces with Brad Garropy and Richard Gottleber from Web Dev Weekly for a Crossover Episode. The four of us discuss our favorites: languages, frameworks, CSS methodologies, technologies, testing tools.


How Blogging Can Change Your Career

September 14, 2021

In this episode, Amy and James discuss all the benefits that come from blogging, including the positive effect it can have on your career.


Starting your own Podcast

September 7, 2021

Amy and James continue their creator series for designers and developers, explaining some of the things that they learned while starting their own podcast.


Getting Started on YouTube

August 31, 2021

Amy and James talk about starting their own YouTube Channels: the gear and workflows they use, how it has helped their careers, and how growth looks different for everyone.


IRL Freelance Proposal

August 24, 2021

In this episode, Amy submits a freelance proposal to James for review. They discuss the terms, value-added, and review a mood board for James's rebrand.


Hiring a Designer or Getting Your First UI / UX Job

August 17, 2021

In this episode, Amy and James talk about all the components that make up a good designer. If you're hiring, how to interview a designer and what to look for. Or, if you're trying to land your first design job, what to expect in the interview process


Getting Your First Dev Job

August 10, 2021

In this episode, Amy and James talk about the interview process and how to land your first job in development, covering topics like what to expect, whiteboard interviews, questions to ask, are portfolios important, and tips and tricks.


Learning and Building in Public

August 3, 2021

In this episode, Amy and James talk about learning and building in public: the best ways to get started, some of the benefits, fears, and considerations.


Figma for Everyone

July 27, 2021

In this episode Amy talks about Figma and how it's perfect for project collaboration -- whether you're a designer, developer, project manager, or stakeholder; everyone can benefit.


Amy Gives James a Design Consult

July 20, 2021

In this episode, Amy and James have a discovery call to discuss James's current website and branding. They talk about his current branding, the long-term direction James wants to take his website. If you're curious about what an actual client discovery call sounds like or you're considering rebranding, this episode is for you!


All Things Automated

July 13, 2021

In this episode, James and Amy talk about all the things they've automated. James in particular has several workflows within AirTable for generating stream graphics, sending out tweets, and generating his email newsletter.


Live Streaming for Beginners

July 6, 2021

In this episode, Amy and James discuss Live Streaming: why do it? how do build a following? planning? editing? engagement techniques? best time to stream? and tooling?


Building the Perfect Desk Setup

June 22, 2021

In this episode, Amy and James talk about their desk setups and all the gear they use to write code and create audio and video content.


The Future of Code with No Code

June 15, 2021

Amy and James talk about various No Code options, how they use it in their work, and how it might affect the future of development.


Design Fundamentals (Part 2)

June 1, 2021

In this episode, Amy and James talk about 5 more design principles: alignment, emphasis, proportion, white space, and movement, and how they can be applied to real-life projects.


Design Fundamentals (Part 1)

May 25, 2021

In this episode, Amy and James talk about 5 design principles: unity, contrast, balance, rhythm, and visual hierarchy and how they can be applied to an actual project, including their own.


The Tech Behind SelfTeach.me

May 18, 2021

Amy talks about tech stack (Next.js, Sanity, and Tailwind) and some of the decisions she made while building selfteach.me. James and Amy also discuss form management for static sites and some marketing tactics.


The Tech Behind jamesqquick.com

May 11, 2021

In this episode, James and Amy discuss the tech behind jamesqquick.com. This site was built on top of Gatsby and Sanity. They discuss the decisions James made along the way and the things he might do differently.


Freelancing (Part 2)

May 4, 2021

Amy and James finish their discussion on freelancing in part 2. This episode covers journey maps, project discovery, vetting clients, submitting estimates and contracts, project management, finances, and business insurance.


Freelancing (Part 1)

April 27, 2021

In this episode, Amy and James talk about freelancing -- finding the right clients, thoughts on Fivrr and Upwork, planning projects, scope creep, road mapping, time tracking, talking about budgets, charging, and late changes to a project.


How Do you Start a New Design Project?

April 20, 2021

In this episode, Amy and James talk about the best methods and tools for starting a brand new design project. Topics include asking the right questions, doing visual research, creating mood boards and wireframes, and getting all the pieces in place.


Starting a New Development Project

April 13, 2021

James and Amy discuss different categories of sites and the best tools and tech stacks to use. Categories include: brochure and marketing sites, eCommerce, Applications, and Membership sites.


The Tech Behind Compressed.fm

April 13, 2021

Amy and James walk through the tech behind Compressed.fm and some of the unique challenges they faced when building the site.


Amy Dutton's Origin Story

April 13, 2021

Amy Dutton shares how she got started in tech by building the original Giphy over 20 years ago. She talks about how she navigated some of her career decisions, ultimately landing a full-time job after seven years of doing freelance full-time.


James Q Quick's Origin Story

April 13, 2021

James Q Quick shares how he got his start in tech and how a couple of job interview rejections turned into a bigger opportunity and ultimately a career path as an evangelist, speaker, and teacher.


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