Why I love DN

over 3 years ago from , Ideas, youth, tech, design, & education

LayerVault, thanks for making DN. DN: you are such an awesome community!

Here are some of my favorite things about DN as a place and community:

  • Honesty/Openness: No one's afraid to downvote when necessary, for instance, a... umm... particularly bad MOTD ;). Critique can be asked for and is given straightforward and without restraint. This is probably my favorite thing because I believe it's what helps people improve the most.
  • "Exclusiveness" and inclusiveness: Anyone can join, but at specific times, ensuring that everyone joins deliberately.
  • Simplicity: Smooth and intuitive interface (though I must admit I was a bit confused about the MOTD at first), with easy navigation.
  • Variations on a theme: Conversations usually converge on design, but more people than just designers are represented.
  • Free-ness: 'Nuff said.

I must've missed a bunch of things-- why do you love DN?

11 comments

  • Gonçalo MoraisGonçalo Morais, over 3 years ago

    Don’t forget politeness!

    3 points
  • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, over 3 years ago (edited over 3 years ago )
    • It's a great punching bag: I get whinge and whinge and whinge and whinge, and then I whinge some more.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz9nHvmdAb4

    Honestly though;

    • Harvest opinions: most of the time, I can't really be arsed reading articles. An opinion or two about an article oftens says WAY more than the article itself, telling you what's wrong and what's right about it.

    So that's what I do. I read your opinions and base my own off that.

    Plus every now and then there's a nice lil' gem of a link that'll inspire and remind us why we put up with all the crap from our clients and bosses ;)

    1 point
  • Artem TitoulenkoArtem Titoulenko, over 3 years ago

    I love DN because it doesn't often deviate from the core idea of building and sharing things. There are always people discovering beautiful visuals and experiences, neat tools, and showcasing people that inspire them. But best of all, when they run out of things to find, they start making their own tools. They try new experiments, and explain what they learned. Less drama/politics, more doing.

    1 point
  • Afnizar Nur GhifariAfnizar Nur Ghifari, over 3 years ago

    Agreed! the interface, it's simple, nice, and great

    1 point
  • Zoltán HosszúZoltán Hosszú, over 3 years ago

    I love it because it's a great community of like minded guys and girls and usually this is the first place (maybe after Twitter) where I hear about new stuff in our field. And the interface of course :)

    (Just a small suggestion for the devs: it'd be great if DN showed up on Google Analytics as a referral, cause now it shows an direct traffic, probably because of the redirection.)

    0 points
  • Matt SistoMatt Sisto, over 3 years ago

    I'm a message board junkie.

    0 points
  • Tyson KingsburyTyson Kingsbury, over 3 years ago

    frankly, my favourite thing would be that it's what Newstoday/QBN 'used' to be ...a long...LONG time ago....a place for design, design-advice, articles, tips, news about new apps etc.... I miss that about Newstoday/QBN....well....i missed it til i found this place. hopefully before long, most of the chaps i used to chat with there will find their way here.... (i was 'exador' there....incase there are any other expats in the general audience here) i still go there, and still post on occasion....but this is now my 'go-to-place' for design chat etc...

    0 points
  • Jonathan CJonathan C, over 3 years ago

    If you were on Hacker News when it was still in its infancy (read: good), it's pretty much what DN is now. Fingers crossed it doesn't change.

    0 points
  • Tom WoodTom Wood, over 3 years ago

    Love it because it rarely deviates from it's core aim, I feel that I will always learn something (not always about design), and discover something new.

    0 points