• Andrew WilkinsonAndrew Wilkinson, over 4 years ago


    67 points
  • A Paul, over 4 years ago

    I mean, I guess it's not worse than what would have happened if he didn't take it over. But nothing has gotten noticeably better. It's still the same awful links to Medium posts and calls to checkout works on Dribbble by junior designers. I hate this place but I keep coming back for more because I also hate myself.

    And are there even moderators on here? Serious question because I can't tell.

    43 points
    • Jeff L, over 4 years ago

      This x1000

      9 points
    • Thompson GeorgeThompson George, over 4 years ago

      We should not allow links to Medium. It has went downhill. Garb clickbait.

      8 points
    • Beth RBeth R, over 4 years ago

      Couldn't have said it better myself...minus the part about hating myself.

      0 points
    • Laurens SpangenbergLaurens Spangenberg, over 4 years ago

      I agree with you. I've seen spam and questionably highly voted content come trough to the front page a couple of times. I really hope they implement the "Report Spam" button next articles soon. Having to report spam trough "Help Improve DN"/Clippie in the bottom left corner is a bit tedious and slow.

      4 points
      • Clark WimberlyClark Wimberly, over 4 years ago

        And you don't even need questionably high votes. Ive seen things in the top spot on the front-page with TWO votes. That might be during a slow period, but on any average day you'll see a front-page with plenty of single-digit votes.

        1 point
    • Jesse HeadJesse Head, over 4 years ago

      You've said what you don't like... do you have any suggestions of what you'd like to see more of?

      5 points
      • A Paul, over 4 years ago

        Yes. Since it's called Designer News, I'd like to see more news and website showcases. The only reason I come here is to see the latest updates in the design world. Instead of just being a better-looking, ripped-off version of Hacker News, I would at the very least like to be able to filter post types so I can only see the "Show DN" type posts, and completely avoid some of the other fluff.

        7 points
        • Tim O'houlahan, over 4 years ago

          I agree with this 100%. But I've also seen people shitting on legit news posts, then praising crappy posts like this that literally have 2 paragraphs praising TextEdit. 16 upvotes.

          It's not news, it's not interesting, it's not anything. Yet the community still seemed to appreciate that post.

          I really would like to see this place be a social news aggregator similar to Digg but only for design news. It just seems not everyone here can determine what they deem "newsworthy".

          Overall I am really pleased with the site. And I'd rather have it online with some garbage content rather than not online at all.

          5 points
    • Ed AdamsEd Adams, over 4 years ago

      I personally have only seen what I'll term "Dribbble whoring" once or twice.

      2 points
    • Emerson Dameron, over 4 years ago

      What do you expect from a junior designer to earn your esteem?

      0 points
  • Taylor Van OrdenTaylor Van Orden, over 4 years ago

    it still feels true to what it was.

    Exactly this. I'm glad that the site has remained relatively unchanged. The content is becoming for frequent and great as always. I do wish that upvote buttons were WAY more prominent on both comments and posts. I feel like so few people are voting on things, even if they read it or reply to it, which makes the site feel emptier than it actually is sometimes.

    35 points
  • Laurens SpangenbergLaurens Spangenberg, over 4 years ago

    Although this has little to do with Andrew, I feel like some people are starting to use DN as a way to market themselves to (UI and web) designers akin to how they would use Facebook ads. These articles tend to be a bit more like submarine articles than straight advertisements of course with user profiles which tend to say that they're "Marketers" as well.

    The problem I find with these articles is that they often than not get upvoted and at the same time they tend to be of very low quality spewing some opinion on some issue, giving some design productivity trick that's relative to an individual, or even giving some basic design knowledge many of us have used for many years or even decades.

    20 points
  • Aubrey JohnsonAubrey Johnson, over 4 years ago

    Man, so many haters. Adding a Medium post-type and allowing sort / preferences could fix this for those that don't like the types of content.

    Junior designers self-promoting is exactly what junior designers should be doing.

    But back to what I think about the site since Andrew took over:

    It's more engaging, better looking and easier to use.

    15 points
  • Carlos MCarlos M, over 4 years ago

    Needs better moderators.

    15 points
  • Phil RauPhil Rau, over 4 years ago

    The only thing I don't really like is how buried the "thought of the day is." I like it at the top because then there was some weight to it, and people wouldn't change it willy nilly.

    11 points
  • Ivan BozicIvan Bozic, over 4 years ago

    I am more than pleased with the way Mr. Wilkinson is running it. Like the fact that all the changes are coming in at a slow, leisurely place instead of going straight-in for a redesign/overhaul.

    The one thing I'm missing is a Report button. While not that much, some spam and some really shitty content that is obviously just self-advertising is coming through more and more. A Report button could fix that.

    10 points
    • Florian GrauFlorian Grau, over 4 years ago

      +1 for the report button

      2 points
    • Laurens SpangenbergLaurens Spangenberg, over 4 years ago

      It's not perfect, but you can report spam trough the "Help improve DN" icon in the lower right corner.

      0 points
      • Ivan BozicIvan Bozic, over 4 years ago

        I wasn't aware that button was for capturing spam reports. But also, I'm guessing since it just opens up my email client, it probably doesn't have any sort of automation behind it. With a dedicated button for it, I think a lot can be done on the server-side to automate hiding/removing the reported post, or flagging it somehow so that it's collapsed and not in a similar vein (e.g. a post that was reported more than X times goes into a "reported" state, etc.)

        0 points
        • Laurens SpangenbergLaurens Spangenberg, over 4 years ago

          That's in fact the official way to report spam. I completely agree with you with the other points however as I also would've also prefered a simple Report button.

          0 points
  • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, over 4 years ago

    Agreed, I think they're doing a good job. My one pet peeve with DN is that there doesn't seem to be any duplicate detection, so you can get the same link twice on the front page at the same time.

    And I also wish content quality was higher, but believe me there just isn't that much great design content coming out on a daily basis. And yeah, for better or for worse the vast majority of it is on Medium these days.

    7 points
  • Todd SielingTodd Sieling, over 4 years ago

    I like how things have been going. Honestly, one of the best changes is to just start typing 'designernews' in the URL bar when I want to swing by instead of 'news.'

    That's not to undersell the other changes that have been going on. Someone else said it still feels true to what it is, and I have to agree. Thanks Andrew for what you've put into this.

    4 points
  • Andy LeverenzAndy Leverenz, over 4 years ago

    being able to edit everything wins

    4 points
  • Tait BrownTait Brown, over 4 years ago

    Well, for one, I don't have to type in a silly "news.layervault.com" address to get to "Designer News". It's the little things in life.

    3 points
  • Max LindMax Lind, over 4 years ago

    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback! We're working on a plan to address your comments/concerns as we head into 2016.

    Please continue to note thoughts/ideas in this story, or feel free to email me directly as well: max@designernews.co

    2 points
  • Marcel Wichmann Marcel Wichmann , over 4 years ago

    Still waiting for a way to downvote content. Would fix nearly every complaint in this thread. I understand the reasoning behind not having it, but it would be worth a try. "Downvote-weeks at DN" or something.

    2 points
  • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, over 4 years ago

    It could have just died when LayerVault did, and I'm grateful it didn't. Also, Andrew has the right to do whatever he wants with it. So I'm grateful to him for maintaining it and investing in it as much as he has because he doesn't owe that to us.

    2 points
  • Tyson KingsburyTyson Kingsbury, over 4 years ago

    Overall I'm pretty happy with how things are going...I mainly come here for updates and info on new design apps, showcases for design, new ways of doing things etc...

    one of the things i've been very pleased about is the way Adobe has been so active here talking about Comet etc... that, and learning about Figma, webflow etc etc.... it'd be nice to see some info about pinegrow here as well...like an 'ask me anything' with him...or even better, chat with the guy making 'blocs'....absolutely LOVE the Blocs app...(and I hear he has big plans for the next version of Blocs coming out next quarter)

    1 point
  • Kyle MitchellKyle Mitchell, over 4 years ago

    I wish we could flag posts for self-promotion. People are just submitting links to their dribbble / medium posts.

    Would love to see more moderation to root out that stuff. Keeping this place focused on news, it's becoming too much personal brand marketing.

    1 point
    • Richard Turner, over 4 years ago

      I think the community just has to be more active. Going out and finding news to submit to add into the content pool. Maybe right now the community is too small? I know there isn't as much design news as tech news, but the design industry is growing rapidly.

      0 points
      • Kyle MitchellKyle Mitchell, over 4 years ago

        And that I have zero problem with. There's just a lot of self-promotion posting going on and I don't think it's helpful to the community. I think it'd be another thing if the posts were coming from someone else, but that just implies a sense of honor system, so it's probably worthless.

        0 points
  • Tom WoodTom Wood, over 4 years ago

    I feel like there were a flurry of changes in the beginning but that these have stalled.

    The mention of the day should return to the top; I literally don't see the point in having it after 8 posts – that's almost after the fold on my Macbook. If it's meant to be something of a focal point, then make it the top item. If it's deemed as unimportant as having it 9th in the list, then remove it. As it is, it doesn't satisfy any reasonable criteria.

    Posting duplicate content is a very regular occurrence. As much as there is a notice which tells the user that they're about to post a duplicate, it clearly isn't working. Perhaps it needs to be bigger?

    Quality of news is decent, especially when you consider the size of the community compared to a couple of years ago. Sure, a lot of stuff is on Medium, doesn't mean it's all poop.

    Moderation would be nice, to remove duplicates, remove abusive posts or people just being mean (adding a Report Post) button.

    Overall, the most important thing is that it continues to "feel" like DN – adding a series of bloated features might just detract from the real reason we all started coming here; Design focused news with the occasional level headed discussion.

    1 point
  • Laura McCartney, over 4 years ago

    I like it and I think he's been very respectful, I just wish it was a more active community. Perhaps it's because I'm in the UK so you're all asleep while I'm at work but it takes days before the front page changes.

    1 point
  • Dan DiGangiDan DiGangi, over 4 years ago

    I wasn't here much prior but the spam/lack of moderation is frustrating.

    1 point
  • Ian De DobbelaereIan De Dobbelaere, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

    Wait somebody took over? had no clue :D So i guess its alright for me :D

    1 point
    • Adam SezlerAdam Sezler, over 4 years ago

      Yeah the previous owner was LayerVault, a version control service for graphic files like PSDs.

      They shut down but instead of closing Designer News they decided to sell it.

      0 points
      • Ian De DobbelaereIan De Dobbelaere, over 4 years ago

        Yeah i know i was on the site before the open registrations but thought the guys of LayerVault still owned designernews.

        0 points