Dylan Baskind

Dylan Baskind

Founder at Qwilr.com Joined over 8 years ago via an invitation from Dave T. Dylan has invited Mark Tanner

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  • Posted to New portfolio site. After 5 years of procrastination..., in reply to alex loghin , Feb 04, 2018

    Heya Alex, I've been super-extremely busy for the past few years with Qwilr - so haven't had much time for extra curricular activities, although the writing section has some new-ish things/thoughts :)

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  • Posted to New portfolio site. After 5 years of procrastination..., in reply to Luke Bugbee , Feb 04, 2018

    Do it! The catharsis is palpable. My metric is: am I happy with the work? i.e. I don't really consider myself "primarily" any of the things you see there. I'm a bit of all of them. So, as long as I'm satisfied with the quality of the work (regardless of discipline) then I publish it. Admittedly, it mixes one's professional, personal and creative personas - but I think that's a reasonable trade off.

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  • Posted to New portfolio site. After 5 years of procrastination..., in reply to Adam Fisher-Cox , Jan 31, 2018

    Heya Adam, its an interesting question - and one I've gone back and forth with regards to sharing work on the internet. But for me personally I like the idea of the author/creator fading away and only their work remaining. (Plus I've had an interesting interaction with anonymity the past few months - ( Another Life Recordings) - so I suppose the concept of it, the anonymous creator, was on my mind as I was designing. PS: I am visible on the [about page] (dylanbaskind.com/about) :)

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  • Posted to New portfolio site. After 5 years of procrastination..., in reply to Max Quinn , Jan 31, 2018

    Thank ya sir - I'll take a Bukowski nod any day! Ha, I still feel very much like a master-of-none (I work with ex-Googlers/Microsoft/Dropbox folks who make me feel highly inadequate about my code skills :)

    It's been a bit of an ongoing struggle for me - whether to separate every thing out into micro sites (painful upkeep!) - or to combine them into one super site.

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  • Posted to New portfolio site. After 5 years of procrastination..., in reply to Matt Sharpe , Jan 31, 2018

    Yep I kinda agree - the "next project" concept works nicely in the actual disciplines (i.e. writing, design, engineering etc).

    I'm thinking of bringing back a concept from the original incarnation, where there was a random tiling selection of art/writing/design/eng/etc projects that appeared at the bottom of pages.

    Good to hear that instinct echoed. Thanks for checking it out :)

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  • Posted to AngularJS vs. React — Which One to Pick?, Jan 03, 2016

    Founder of https://qwilr.com here - where our core product is all built on Angular. Its actually a really tricky time for working out where to invest learning energy, with Angular 2 being so totally backwards incompatible with Angular 1 (which we use at Qwilr).

    React, as a number of folks have noted, is in many ways simpler. The surface area of the API is much smaller, it just deals with the "view" bit. This is both blessing and curse, depending on how beginner / advanced you are. If you're just getting started React may be frustrating, because you'll keep having to search for a library or utility that helps achieve some standard single-page-web-app objective (i.e. routing etc). On the other hand, this small area of concern can be a very desirable as a more advanced developer, since you can set up your application structure as you see fit (using whichever libraries and utilities you see fit).

    If I had to take a punt, I'd say the React, or React-like, libraries will probably win out in the end. That being said, with some years under my belt with Angular working on a very large and complex app, I'm now very productive with Angular - but its easier to get yourself into a mess on a larger scale app with Angular than with React.

    But in the end, learning either one will be a huge asset as a web-developer, and they've both got very large and very active communities.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: How do you handle hagglers?, Jan 03, 2016

    Just a drive-by comment: about 4 years into my freelance career I learned how to start saying "no", and it made a hugely positive difference to the business, besides the qualitative stuff, actually in bottom line revenue over the long term --- basically: I said no to quite a number of "hagglers" and yes, I lost some of those jobs, but I never ever regretted it.

    Saying yes to a haggler, means you lose the opportunity to say yes to a client that recognises the value of good work.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Is there a way to display Medium posts as the blog on a website?, Jan 03, 2016

    I've got a pending question on the GitHub Medium API repo on this note - so far as I can tell there is no way to /GET posts from Medium (which I suppose I can understand since they want to be the destination, not the writing platform).

    But I've got a project for which such functionality would be so-so perfect, so here's hoping!

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  • Posted to Show DN: New https://bakkenbaeck.com, Dec 21, 2015

    Loving since the Styleboost days.

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  • Posted to How Product Hunt really works, Dec 16, 2015

    Mhm - firstly, full disclosure: I've had a very good run with Product Hunt, got this http://ad-spend-calculator.qwilr.com to #1, and this http://resume-builder.qwilr.com to #2 ( in support of our actual product: https://qwilr.com).

    I definitely agree that if PH is not working "as advertised" in terms of algorithm and surfacing that should be made more obvious, and more easily discoverable.

    That being said I got #1 and #2 spots without knowing anyone at PH or even really anyone of influence on PH (I consider myself something of an outsider in regards to web-friends / connections).

    I did it the "naive" way, I made a thing I thought was cool and useful and then submitted it. Wasn't much more magic than that.

    Also worth noting, we had a cease-and-desist come through over the Resume Builder [it used to be called Resumator, which is what jazz.co are now called] - and the PH folks were pretty helpful and responsive about changing the URL etc.

    So yeh, just one man's experience, but for me PH has always been a pretty good friend to my creative work.

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