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Jonathan Yap

Jonathan Yap

Singapore Product Designer Joined almost 4 years ago via an invitation from Steven S.

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  • Posted to Designers weigh in: Did Snapchat succeed because of its controversial UI?, Mar 10, 2017

    I think people don't account for the virality of Snapchat itself. The 2 prong approach of confusing UI puts people off unintentionally (or intentionally) created an exclusivity around the app. e.g. keeping parent out

    It became a learnable experience where social factor kicks in, and people pulling others deeper into the Snapchat rabbit hole. I remember the first time I discover filters by accident, but I couldn't replicate it. So it became the good old approach of just asking your friend 'how did you do that face thingy?". I've asked many who echoed the same experience.

    Now design is a discipline that solves problem, like making things easier to use and understandable. What made it different for Snapchat, is the unaccounted variables that come together that made it happen, where the intention to create something new made it a problem in the UI in a for us who view this on a day-to-day work, but people always learn to workaround it because of the interest.

    You see that more in the developing market, where bad experience exist but people learn to work around it. It sometime becomes a skill/knowledge that is desirable amongst friends too.

    2 points
  • Posted to Designers weigh in: Did Snapchat succeed because of its controversial UI?, in reply to Laurens Spangenberg , Mar 10, 2017

    Was it Kenya Hara? He's one of the top guys that I really look up to.

    0 points
  • Posted to Kite App: Animation & Prototyping with native code output, Mar 08, 2017

    What about android? :/

    I know you can prototype them but can you view the prototype on android devices or pass it over to a dev? Pretty big deal breaker for me if it's not possible…

    1 point
  • Posted to Craft Freehand by InVision LABS, in reply to Stephen Olmstead , Feb 16, 2017

    Yeah, I think it'll be great to have some form of control like removing/expiring the URL. Folks like me will be dealing with sensitive information a lot so these will help us keep our stuff secure.

    Even a simple toggle like on boards / prototype with password protection can help too :)

    0 points
  • Posted to Craft Freehand by InVision LABS, Feb 15, 2017

    Cool release! :)

    How is this managed though? Are these temporary URLs that expires or can I keep updating them? If I can keep updating them, can I actually find it in invision web? Do they ever expire?

    Currently I don't see any export option to capture that output of the session. It would be great to actually be able to capture these as notes though.

    2 points
  • Posted to Project NEON - the upcoming incremental upgrade for Windows 10’s design, in reply to Alim Maasoglu , Jan 06, 2017

    I'm sitting next to a ex-Microsoft designer and he shared some pretty interesting things about the setup there.

    People sometimes fail to see that it is a very large organization after all serving a lot of people across the globe. There are tons of challenges that comes along with it at it's scale. So it's hard to recognised that it's quite a feat to be able to pull something off with alignment across god knows how many teams in there + people using the product.

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  • Posted to Should designers portfolio?, Nov 04, 2016

    Seems like an overstatement but I share the sentiment both from an applying and hiring perspective.

    Applicant - Honestly, with my current role, it's almost impossible to find time to update and maintain something I have done a million times at work. All with the maintain and build keeping my own content and site up to date, It's tough. On top of that, with all the IP and sensitivity around projects, everything has an NDA attached. However, I interpret this as digital/web portfolio, but have one in hand to show and talk. That I have tonnes I can share in person. Now getting in the door, that's probably another thing.

    Hiring - I've interviewed a lot of people but it definitely makes it easier to interpret if someone has a necessary background and skill set, but we also have some who fabricate their role and involvement by taking credit for someone else's work. Portfolio as a ticket isn't always right. Some of the better talents also have a minimal web presence but was able to articulate and get through the initial door. They do bring work to the table but largely it was a about the person and the role.

    So a fancy portfolio is great to have, but I feel not a must up front. There are a lot of other factors do come in to play when hiring, but definitely show some work that you can talk about.

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  • Posted to Apple just told the world it has no idea who the Mac is for, in reply to Josué Gutiérrez Valenciano , Oct 31, 2016

    Don't think it's counted as a niche when creatives are the 3rd largest use of desktop behind gaming and corporate. Microsoft is going the right direction and hitting Apple where it hurts.

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  • Posted to Apple Says It's Out of the Standalone Display Business, in reply to Laurens Spangenberg , Oct 31, 2016

    And I wonder how they will show off those mac pros and minis moving forward when 4/5k starts being the norm... with those LG monitors?

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  • Posted to Workplace by Facebook, in reply to Powers Gray , Oct 11, 2016

    Not necessarily. Since there are larger organisations out there are still relies on enterprise solution. Slack is still not done with their enterprise offering. Larger orgs will struggle with a single chat feed to keep track of news and updates (think orgs with 10K+ and up all reacting to a certain update).

    That's why solutions like Yammer or Chatter still functions, and integrate well into their respective core offering (office 365 and Salesforce). It'll be interesting to see how they compete on their level in a work environment.

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