24 comments

  • Vonny Farrell, 1 year ago

    I NEVER use the word "final" but rather the word "best"! Probably because I can still change it sometime in the future when I learn something new to make it even MORE "best", and it is therefore, never, final! (I know, semantics.)

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  • Josh OlsenJosh Olsen, 1 year ago

    This is neat, but I dislike that it positions itself as "putting how designers worked in 2015 into perspective". There's no perspective. It's just stats without context.

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  • Wesley MagnessWesley Magness, 1 year ago

    I went to download the site as a PNG Avocode

    And instead downloaded the full webpage and directory structure Avocode Files

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  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 1 year ago (edited 1 year ago )

    Nice stats. A few questions.

    Layer styles

    Does “bitmap layers” include pattern fills and smart objects with bitmaps in them?

    Layer effects

    I'm confused by the layer effects section.

    • Solid fill: 23%
    • Stroke: 22%
    • Drop shadow: 20%
    • Gradient fill: 15%
    • Inner shadow: 13%
    • Outer glow: 2%

    I assume they include vector fills and vector gradients (non-layer effects versions)? If not, why not? Why do they add up to 95%? Should they add up to 100%, but the 5% difference is due to rounding? Why should they add up to 100%? Surely a layer could contain all of those effects?

    Paragraph style

    72% left + 23% centre + 5% right. Does that mean 0% justified?

    I’ll leave it at that for now. :P Sorry for being a pedant, but the stats left me with more questions than answers.

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    • Anh Vu Hoang, 1 year ago (edited 1 year ago )

      Thanks for the comment actually! I am glad you asked :)

      Layers

      I've actually included smart objects into the bitmap group because I felt like it belonged there. That would have made an 1.6% difference though.

      Pattern fill was actually merged into the same group as Vectors actually. We've included all fills (color, gradient, pattern ) into this group. We could have probably excluded pattern fill and included into bitmaps but the difference would be really small - about 0.7%

      Layer effects

      It's the percentage of layers that contained these style. 5% did not have any effects. We've only analyzed vector shapes for this. We could have present that more clearly.

      Paragraph style

      All text justifications were below 1%, so we rounded that up.

      I hope that answers your questions.

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      • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 1 year ago

        Pattern fill was actually merged into the same group as Vectors actually. We've included all fills (color, gradient, pattern) into this group. We could have probably excluded pattern fill and included into bitmaps but the difference would be really small - about 0.7%

        Thanks. Those seems like sensible choices. :)

        It's the percentage of layers that contained these style. 5% did not have any effects. We've only analyzed vector shapes for this. We could have present that more clearly.

        Thanks for the additional info!

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  • Some DesignerSome Designer, 1 year ago

    I like these guys. Seriously, they do a great job. But they just need more marketing to dominate the market.

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  • Lorena Decruz, 1 year ago

    Incredible, I really liked your research. Photoshop is the favorite of designers than illustrator.

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  • Nicolas KeyleNicolas Keyle, 1 year ago

    Sketch's usage is very high, maybe because this is about Avocode?

    Titles should be "How designers on Avocode worked in 2015"

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  • Robin RaszkaRobin Raszka, 1 year ago

    Nice clickbait

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  • Jordie SaenzJordie Saenz, 1 year ago

    I'm most surprised by the colors. I was expecting a ton more blues and greens. Were there really that many reds and yellows?

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  • Mark Salmi, 1 year ago

    Border is spelled wrong (Boarder). Proofreading is still important in any year.

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  • Alfonse SurigaoAlfonse Surigao, 1 year ago

    There seems to be a grammar issue in one of the paragraphs: "Sketch is has not yet reached to every corner of the world, but it’s getting there."

    Otherwise, great infographic.

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  • Steven CavinsSteven Cavins, 1 year ago

    In my case, layers != complexity of design. I tend to use layer groups for various content states, way easier than managing multiple files.

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  • Martin Mark, 1 year ago

    Love the analysis - our CD continuously has talkings with me over v2-final-final-revised-final.psd bad habit.

    Only thing is layers seem a little low for the amount of designs you've have. 400K designs and 2.5M layers would be <10 per design. Are you excluding outliers? I'm pretty sure I've got a couple 1K+ layer docs that should skew that a little higher.

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    • Rami JamesRami James, 1 year ago

      The way I handle this problem is that I have a numbered series of revisions (projectpage01.sketch,projectpage02.sketch,projectpage03.sketch,etc.) and a FINAL folder in the same folder. The final revision gets copied in there. Not final anymore? Just copy in the latest revision.

      Easy, clean and always the same for each project.

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      • Luke JonesLuke Jones, 1 year ago

        The world ‘final’ is never needed. It is never going to be the final design.

        Just use numbering, the largest number will always be the most up-to-date version.

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  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, 1 year ago

    that's a lot more Sketch than you'd expect.

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  • Gadzhi KharkharovGadzhi Kharkharov, 1 year ago (edited 1 year ago )

    Thrilled that the site is actually made in Webflow :)

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  • Kyle ArbuckleKyle Arbuckle, 1 year ago (edited 1 year ago )

    Nice. Love the file naming: Finalest-final-v2.ai

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  • matt michelsonmatt michelson, 1 year ago

    Nice, can't wait to see how Illustrator did! I — oh, right.

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