Be nice. Or else.
Student interested in the intersections of ideas, youth, tech, design, & education. Joined over 3 years ago
I (and I think others) would appreciate an obvious disclosure at the beginning, stating clearly: a) that you, the writer, work for Figma and b) whether or not the company being interviewed was in any way influenced / compensated / paid. Otherwise, it can arguably easily come off as if you’re writing this from an unbiased third party’s perspective.
It’s true that there are other “telltale” signs that this is Figma-endorsed, e.g. the URL, Medium branding, etc. but there are surely other users who wouldn't be familiar with this and, heck, if you have nothing to hide, why not?
This, in particular, was a red flag for me, as it seemed to be more mentioned nonchalantly rather than appropriately disclosed:
When Craig’s team started testing new critique methods, he suggested Figma — a tool that’s like Google Docs for design, allowing people to collaborate in design files and share them with a browser link.
I would've rephrased to:
Figma —the tool that we built that’s like Google Docs for design—…
(Note the addition of the trailing em dash that makes the appositive stand out further.)
Thanks for the response, Maxwell! I first saw this on DN desktop.
This title, in combination with the color of the badge (which resembles Ask DN), is very misleading. It makes me—and likely others—think that this is a serious question posed by a DN user.
I think that there should be restrictions on what titles are allowed by advertisers who show native ads on DN.
Edit: interestingly, ”Sponsor:” prefaces the title when editing a comment:
Although Exxon is my favorite, too, I can't say that our house is teat edit, sorry, pal. :/
I love how you made good use of Lato, despite its frequently-inappropriate use and overuse as a typeface. The menu also reminds me of Teehan+Lax's.
You should use the Show DN: tag next time. :)
Thank you for answering my question!
What advice do you have for young designers & students?
Wow, I've never thought of it that way before…
Be nice. Or else.
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