Matt K

Matt K

London Head of Design Joined over 4 years ago

  • 4 stories
  • 43 comments
  • 1 upvote
  • Posted to Invision bought Trunk and closes it, Feb 13, 2019

    Good grief. How do they have so much money to do everything except improve their core product?

    Invision is dog slow and has been for years. Certainly not going to try Studio or whatever else until they can load a bundle of PNGs in a browser in a reasonably performant way.

    8 points
  • Posted to Pentagram Case Study on the Slack Rebrand, in reply to Ola Laurin , Jan 18, 2019

    Yeah that's embarrassingly bad. 1996 called and wanted its logo back. Might as well include a stock photo of someone in a suit surfing on a keyboard, tie flapping in the wind, to complete the look.

    1 point
  • Posted to New personal portfolio site, in reply to Ken Em , Nov 26, 2018

    Oops. Fixed. Thanks for the spot!

    0 points
  • Posted to iPad Pro Design Tools, in reply to Manny Larios , Nov 01, 2018

    Working Copy is excellent for version control and has a pretty good code editor built-in. I used it to develop my website. It's a Jekyll site hosted on Netlify, so all I need to do is push a commit and the site is automatically rebuilt and pushed live within a few seconds. It's a bit slower than running a local dev server but not by much.

    Coda has a good code editor, as well as excellent terminal and S/FTP capabilities. I use it regularly to maintain and update existing sites. As soon as they add version control support it'll become my primary web dev tool on the iPad.

    DraftCode provides a full PHP/MySQL environment, so it's possible to develop and run PHP CMS' like Wordpress locally.

    Pythonista provides a Python environment, so it's possible to run an interactive shell and develop locally with Flask and SQLite. I even managed to get Django working, though it wasn't possible to use PostgreSQL.

    ReScript provides a NodeJS runtime for all your Javascript needs.

    I really want a Ruby environment on iOS to develop Jekyll & Rails locally, but nothing seems to be out there yet.

    2 points
  • Posted to iPad Pro Design Tools, Oct 31, 2018

    Yes.

    Affinity Designer and Photo prove that it's possible to build and sell desktop-caliber software on iOS, and the arrival of Photoshop next year will only accelerate the trend.

    As an experiment I designed and developed the majority of my website on an iPad Pro. It's surprisingly doable:

    • Working Copy for coding and Git version control
    • Affinity Designer and Graphic for vector graphics
    • Affinity Photo and Procreate for images
    • Bear Writer for writing.

    The only times I used my laptop were when I was already using it, rather than to work around any limitations of the iPad or its software.

    If Bohemian Coding ever release an iOS port of Sketch, I could use the iPad for everything except serious web development.

    2 points
  • Posted to Are Figma and XD finally getting Sketch out of the picture in UI design?, Oct 25, 2018

    Sketch is here to stay, at least for a while. The plugin and integration ecosystems are so good, and the latest data plugins are a gamechanger.

    We've no interest in XD our company is transitioning away from Adobe products. For example Affinity Photo, which covers most of Photoshop's use cases, costs £17.50 a year, rather than £25 a month for a single app CC licence.

    I really like Figma, and use it instead of Sketch for my personal projects, but it has a few major issues which stop me considering it as a serious Sketch replacement at work. Firstly, there's no offline mode. Being able to design with no internet connection is vital. Secondly, the Figma Mirror app is appalling (though the Sketch app is pretty bad too).

    It's only possible to preview the current design, and prototyping and interactions are not supported. As cloud based software, I'd expect all my designs to be available through the app, and to be able to interact with the prototypes – this is not currently possible.

    0 points
  • Posted to Welcome to InVision's new blog, Inside Design, Sep 28, 2018

    What I really want is InvisionApp to not be absolutely dog slow. Can't believe how long it takes them to load a couple of PNGs in a browser, even with a fast computer and internet connection.

    It's like they got bored with their core product and decided to do a bunch of other stuff instead. Not even going to attempt to use Studio in any serious way until they can get things running faster.

    4 points
  • Posted to How to Design for the Modern Web, Sep 03, 2018

    Amusing the article was posted on Medium.

    Before I was able to read it I had to click through four popups that completely obscured the text.

    2 points
  • Posted to Introducing Android 9 Pie, in reply to Ken Em , Aug 07, 2018

    It's a puzzling choice. Why use two sans fonts with little to distinguish between them? Just looks like a mistake.

    At least pick something with a bit of contrast, like a slab serif and a sans.

    1 point
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