Robbie Farrell

Robbie Farrell

Digital Designer Joined almost 7 years ago via an invitation from Scott S. Robbie has invited Mark Mason

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  • Posted to Responsive Web Design, Jul 17, 2015

    Use Wikiwand to make it pretty & responsive.

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  • Posted to I collected a ton of webdesign/dev resources for beginner and veterans, in reply to Tycho Klein Severt , Feb 15, 2015

    Check this out - 300 Awesome Free Things

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  • Posted to Ask DN: What do you care about most when considering a job offer?, Jan 21, 2015

    This is how I evaluate a new job offers in this exact order:

    1. Location - I won't commute more than 60 minutes each way per day, if the route is longer 1-2 days of remote work must be offered
    2. Type of work - the work I do must interest me and must be something I'm passionate about. There must be a variety of web based work for multiple clients who are willing to take chances and break trends. The kind of work I do must challenge me to be become a better design
    3. Other workers in the company - ideally there will be multiple designers to work with and learn from
    4. Salary - Money is not my priority just yet as I don't have a family to provide for but in a few years this could easily become my #1. I like to have money in the bank to spend and invest though so it's still important
    5. Further opportunities - is there potential to move up the ranks in the company or will it help me get to a better job in the next couple of years
    6. Flexibility - are they strict on work hours? I prefer to work in a place that doesn't watch the clock for when you arrive and leave. I like to finish early some days and work late others so the ability to chop and change is nice to have
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  • Posted to How do you find time to work on side project or learn?, Dec 03, 2014

    I'm single and don't have kids and I still have the same problem as you. I work 9-5 but have a 1 hour commute to work each way so basically I'm out of the house from 8-6 or a little bit after. I work from home 2 days some weeks but I tend to work slightly longer hour when I'm at home.

    I love going to the gym and do this 2-3 evenings during the week and this takes up 2 hours of my evenings that I do go. Then social time with family or friends takes up 1 whole evening a week usually. Saturday's are spent catching up on chores that have built up over the week and helping out with my dad on the farm and going out with friends that night. Sunday's are spent usually resting and hanging out with family & friends. I do get a few hours over the weekend to work on freelance work though but I'd be lucky to get 6-8 quality hours.

    There's a couple of way I see that you can make free time:

    • Get up 30-60 minutes earlier and read before heading to work
    • Spend the first of last 30-60 minutes in the office reading blogs posts or tutorials
    • Make Saturday or Sunday morning/afternoon a designated learning time so that you can catch up on learning time
    • Cut back on the hours you work in your job, have a chat with your boss to work something out so you work an hour less a day, over the space of 5 days you've an extra 5 hours to yourself over the week

    My favourite way of all though to keep learning and growing in your range of skills is to find a job where you can learn as you work. Find a place where you're surrounded by people who are better than you and can teach you. Do work that you love and will help you to continiously learn and develop your skill set. The biggest chunk of hours you spend while awake is in work so make sure it's time well spent.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Designing for Windows Phone, in reply to Khaled Islam Bouya , Feb 20, 2014

    Found this one today, exactly what I need for my next project - Metro UI CSS 2.0

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Designing for Windows Phone, Feb 19, 2014

    I was just about to post a slightly similar thread. I'm working on a Win8 app at the minute and was wondering if anyone knew of a CSS framework that provides native Windows control by default.

    I find the Windows8 Design Handbook a great place to check for quick reference on guidelines.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: What are your design jams?, Dec 14, 2013

    I listen to house & techno 95% of the time and download radio shows and mixes to play when I'm working. Some of the most common names in my playlists are Huxley, Maya Jane Coles, Dusky, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Adam Beyer, Gary Beck, Eric Prydz, Nicole Moudaber, Booka Shade, MK, Mark Knight and Paul Kalkbrenner.

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  • Posted to Tympanus: Progress Button Styles, Dec 13, 2013

    Shrink horizontal does it for me. These are definitely getting used on my next project.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Looking for some recommendations on books that have inspired you recently, in reply to Wesley Lauka , Nov 27, 2013

    You're second recommendation is now in my shopping cart on Amazon.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Looking for some recommendations on books that have inspired you recently, in reply to Chris Gabriel , Nov 27, 2013

    Looks good but a bit pricey. The new Smashing Magazine book is almost 500 pages and near half the price of this. Pity because I would be interested in buying it.

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