Chris Porter

Chris Porter

Designer, Made by Porter Joined about 5 years ago

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  • Posted to Pushing Design & Code Down the Priority List, in reply to Diego Lafuente , May 31, 2019

    Exactly! I remember one day when I was checking the typical design news on Panda and I was like, "This doesn't excite me anymore". Once I started attaching goals and data to the things I do, I've became excited again. Ever since my first business in 2001, being useful has always made me happy.

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  • Posted to Pushing Design & Code Down the Priority List, in reply to Paul Bunyar , May 29, 2019

    Agreed. There will be a place for everyone. I don't know if I communicated what I wanted effectively so hopefully I can dive deeper here. I think this goes back to if you're a versatilist, generalist or specialist instead of how much experience you have.

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  • Posted to Pushing Design & Code Down the Priority List, in reply to Thomas Michael Semmler , May 29, 2019

    This is not new at all and it is not an emerging trend, this has been the normal for quite a few years already. This site had a podcast that had no discussion whatsoever about design, instead it only focused on business and the silicon valley bubble. This site itself came up in a time where it already was normal that people started to call themselves "product designers", even though they still were doing webdesign and nothing else.

    Yep, you're right. I've been doing the entrepreneur first, design second thing for a hot minute (3 years). That's my bad for wording issues as I said "I started doing this...".

    Literally everyone is doing that. You are setting yourself up for failure if you just do whatever other people are doing. Focus on what you can uniquely bring to the table and sell that. There will always be a need for specialists.

    I think its mostly the younger designers still looking for the Smashing Magazine type of articles and the "salaried" designer portfolio. A lot of the experienced designers I know of are transforming their portfolios to be more about personal branding since they might be over working salaried jobs.

    Also I agree, there will always be a need for specialists.

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  • Posted to Apps for Productivity : show them all !, in reply to Hamza Khan , Jul 18, 2018

    Use should give http://notion.so/ a shot. I use it for all my productivity purposes. Its great if you want more of a sandbox/builder tool.

    For your problem, you can create columns and put todos in each column or a Kanban table if you prefer that. Each todo can be a page in itself to add sub-tasks, notes, etc. You can even add dates/reminders if needed.

    Then create a page called "Done" to drop all your past week stuff into, or duplicate that task page to keep a history of all your past weeks. You can build whatever system you need!

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  • Posted to What is Your Process for Learning New Things?, in reply to Josiah Tullis , Jul 04, 2018

    Interesting. I'll take a look. One of my main ways of learning is based on how Elon Musk learns... "it is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree -- make sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e. the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to."

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  • Posted to What is Your Process for Learning New Things?, in reply to Daniel De Laney , Jul 02, 2018

    This is definitely something I've left out. Great point!

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  • Posted to What is Your Process for Learning New Things?, in reply to Matt C , Jul 01, 2018

    Really really really good point. I helped a lot of people search for stuff just because they didn't know what keywords to use.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Share your first website design, in reply to Jonathan Shariat , Dec 07, 2017

    Wow, I remember those days. I remember when Tripod, Geocities and Angelfire got lame, I spent so much time looking for a new place to host for free.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Is there an Unsplash for Music Beats?, Dec 06, 2017

    I'm starting an MVP version of this here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA_dP2lezHXq-1gMAat3qyDtFEAz12ZQB. These are all my own beats. If this takes off, then ill take the next step with a site and selling premium.

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  • Posted to What do you use to build landing pages?, Dec 06, 2017

    Sketch, HTML, CSS, JS, and Middleman. I want full control and very comfy with code.

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