14 comments

  • Greg DGreg D, 6 days ago

    I might be in the minority but I feel DN should be designers talking to other designers with the goal of everyone learning and improving.

    Not another method of advertising your own shit.

    8 points
    • Joey Prijs, 6 days ago

      That's what it should be, but that's not how designers these days work unfortunately. It's all about selling your personal brand and becoming that rockstar designer everybody looks up to.

      1 point
    • Faruk Kapetanovic, 5 days ago

      Giving a substantial feedback without risking to offend anyone requires a tremendous amount of effort nobody is willing to expend these days. I've seen people on Reddit and Discord doing it occasionally and on request. Dissecting someone's portfolio and writing a 3000-word essay + annotated screenshots with actionable advices about it requires at least 4 hours of work. Other than that? Read famous books, essays, follow famous designers and practice until your eyes bleed.

      1 point
    • Ken Em, 5 days ago

      Are you kidding? The powers that be at DN love the endless self-promotion and spam. Have you looked at the site recently?

      0 points
    • Mike StevensonMike Stevenson, 3 days ago

      Bring back the downvote button

      0 points
  • Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, 6 days ago

    I think you spelled "Why you should hire a Content Strategist instead of a designer" in your title wrong.

    7 points
    • Sumit Hegde, 6 days ago

      I never said anything about hiring a designer. Since when did redesigns become only about the design and not the content? Content strategy and research is an essential part of any website design process.

      0 points
      • Joey Prijs, 6 days ago

        You're on Designer News... We know how this stuff works. Your article is aimed at companies ("Or just hire me. Really."), why even submit this here?

        4 points
      • Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, 5 days ago

        Because none of your issues require a redesign. It is bad, bad to think that you have to redesign an entire website if any of those things don't work. As a designer you should advise your clients to analyse the problem and take conscious action on an appropriate level that is also economic.

        Almost all of the things you listed are content problems that do not require redesigning a website. They might require redesigning certain parts of a website - but a redesign will not solve your content strategy issues.

        This is especially true for sass products. They need to be continuously integrated and supported. Not a redesign every 6 months but a continuous stream of incremental changes of specific parts, sometimes larger, sometimes smaller is appropriate.

        1 point
  • Faruk Kapetanovic, 5 days ago

    From what I see a lot of these advices revolve around having better content. So in 2019 the best thing a SaaS UX designer could do to improve themselves is to learn to write better or pair with someone who does.

    1 point
    • Sumit HegdeSumit Hegde, 5 days ago

      Couldn't agree more Faruk, content is becoming a major part of the design process in many design teams with fields like UX writing and microcopy etc.

      I think the best thing Designers can do is be mindful and pay attention to the content of the websites they design. Involve the writers in your process, add the final copy early on and make the website around it instead of using Lorem ipsum.

      1 point
  • Bugsy SailorBugsy Sailor, 5 days ago

    After all the "I" and "my" references, I am still looking for the page that says who Sumit is.

    1 point
  • Frédéric AudetFrédéric Audet, 4 days ago

    7 of these 8 points can be related to a faulty product, not a faulty website and last point is highly subjective.

    IMO I don't think DN is the best place to post this article. Try LinkedIn.

    0 points