Contact Scott Kubie
First thing, here’s my email address:
Second thing, this is probably one of the longest contact pages you’ll ever see. And honestly I don’t even get that much unsolicited email. Most of what I do get is people saying kind and generous things about work I’ve done. Isn’t that nice? I save a lot of the best ones in a folder called GOOD FEELINGS, which also includes some choice photos of pugs in costumes and other little pick-me-ups.
People don’t mean to create an expectation when they send you an email … kind people don’t, anyway … but the expectation is created nonetheless. Unsolicited communications, the weight of those however well-intentioned, can really throw off my productivity game. And sometimes I have trouble saying no, or I don’t really have trouble saying it but I feel bad about saying it and so then you don’t get an answer from me for three weeks even though the answer is no and … I just thought maybe a little guidance could help.
Anyway, I’ve organized some guidance based on common reasons for contacting me. If you don’t see your need, go ahead and write me anyway!
- Inviting me to speak
- Inviting me to be on a podcast or similar
- Seeking career advice
- Seeking professional advice
- Questions about my book
- Quotes and permissions
Do you want to invite me to be part of a conference, meetup, or event?
How lovely! Thank you for thinking of me. In your message, please tell me about:
- Location or online format
- Ticket or workshop prices
- Confirmed speakers and sponsors
- Speaker/travel budget
- Details regarding your commitment to diversity, inclusion, and creating a safe experience for all involved.
I charge a speaking fee for most ticketed and private events. I’m almost always happy to join book clubs, meetup groups, and traditional classrooms remotely without a speaking fee.
Topics, testimonials, videos, and more are available on my Speaking & Training page.
Do you want to invite me to be part of a podcast or Twitter Space or whatever the kids are doing these days?
If it’s the kind of thing where I can just jump on and talk and there’s not that much prep involved, I’m probably game. If you want me to prepare something or deliver custom content, now we’re talking about Speaking & Training, for which I charge a fee.
Are you struggling with something in your content, design, or UX career?
A lot of what I write and share is designed to help someone exactly like you. You’ll find resources in my UX Content FAQs, this YouTube playlist, my UX Writing Events newsletter, and writing I publish on this site and on LinkedIn.
I love to get specific questions, like these:
- What advice do you have for someone trying to [accomplish goal X] who is in [situation Y]?
- What’s your best/favorite/top tool for [doing this particular thing]?
- Someone in my organization is arguing for doing [X], but I’m worried it’s not that simple. What do you think?
- Can you take a quick look at this proposal for a conference and let me know what you think?
If you’re not sure you have a specific question, go ahead and ask! Just know I might point you back to this site or my FAQs. There’s also a chance I’ll make a video or write an article rather than responding directly, so do let me know if there’s urgency to your question.
I do not typically offer 1:1 portfolio reviews or interview preps.
Did you find something in the world with my name on it – perhaps left behind in a coffee shop or airport lounge – and kind-heartedly searched my name hoping to reach me and return it?
(This happens more than you’d think.)
Bless you, new friend! Email away.
Do you want to pick my brain?
For guidance on your business venture:
That is called consulting, for which people are typically paid, and I don’t do much of it these days. If that does not deter you, and you want desperately want to pay for my guidance, please send along as much detail as you can in your message and I can send back a link to book a preliminary chat. I don’t sign NDAs for anyone I don’t already have a contractual business relationship with. Stop asking people to sign NDAs, it’s stupid.
For guidance on your new UX/IA/content/design community venture:
I’m not much of a joiner and will probably not want to be part of whatever the thing is. That’s not a judgment about your idea, I just know myself pretty well. But I’m happy to chat if you think my perspective would be valuable. Send me a note and we can find a time.
Do you have a question about orders, shipping, bulk purchases, or other things related to Writing for Designers?
I’ll probably pass it along directly to the publisher, A Book Apart. Feel free to message me as well if you think I can help. I just wrote the book, though, I honestly don’t know much about how the rest of it works. I do know that bulk purchase discounts are automatically applied when you order through their site. They can also facilitate providing download codes for event attendees. If you’re just ordering right off the site, you can save an additional 10% on orders with the code
KUBIE10. If you want hard copies for an event, order early. They are printed on demand and shipping can be a bit pokey.
Do you want my permission to quote me in a talk, book, or otherwise?
You probably don’t have to ask, but that’s very nice of you. Mostly I would just ask that you include my name and a link to the original source (e.g. my book site or a tweet), if possible. If you want to reference one of my talks, I can probably provide originals of various slides or illustrations.