Nikolay Figurin

Nikolay Figurin

Founder at Skyrocket Softworks Joined about 9 years ago via an invitation from Oykun Y.

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  • Posted to ASK DN: What's the best way to present interactive design?, Aug 22, 2014

    Since I meet some clients in person, I trigger some of these animations/interactions during presentations as I'm showing past work / etc, anyway. Planning to do an app for exactly that work.

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  • Posted to ASK DN: What monitors are you using?, Aug 22, 2014

    I'm using a TN panel in my laptop. The screen is MUCH better than most dedicated displays I've seen, and TN has a pretty decent gammut and all, but that's not the point-

    A designer buddy that 99% of the people in this thread would probably know (or 100% of whom have used their UIs) designs on a laptop screen. He said something along the lines of "if it looks good on here, it'll look good anywhere". That kind of thing- most designers think it's necessary to have the best display they can- but your end clients probably don't.

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  • Posted to Remote working: How do you do it? , Aug 22, 2014

    I've been doing remote and 9-5 work for the past while now. Both have their own advantages and downsides, but that's not about that.

    Daily routine: Wake up whenever humanly possible, as "last night" was likely a long one. , check emails / communication channels, work, take some time to speak to prospects, work, brief amount of time off, and work / sleep.

    To change the routine, I take some days off where I can slow down and go to Disneyland, or just out with the SO. That's probably the most common change. Lately I've been looking at local clients, to mix it up, too.

    I work from California- have an office setup, loads of screens and all, but the main machine here is a laptop, so I often deviate between rooms to keep from going crazy.

    How often do I meet- depends on the project, and the team- I'd say it's almost ongoing while progress is being made.

    I don't travel because I can't focus on the work (as I'm traveling) and I can't focus on the travel (as I'm working).

    Excited because it's a good amount of freedom- although usually you get more hours taken away.

    Honestly, it seems to me that everyone's going freelance, and that's worrying me- you really need to have it perfected to have it pay the bills. I run an agency, so it might be different for me, but I always think "Poor guy" of the guy leaving his 9-5, and "Poor industry" as it's getting a bit more red-ocean (which ties into the first statement). It's something that takes a while to get going as it's 100% network and word of mouth in most cases. Regardless, best of luck, and hopefully this helped at least a little bit.

    EDIT: I should specify I'm primarily a developer. Strictly doing design would keep me a but more free as it goes much faster.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Have you had success getting clients from Dribbble?, Aug 22, 2014

    For me- it hasn't been useful at all. But this is because I just got it a month or so ago, and have been posting older work. Read that as in the popularity contest, I'm at 11 followers as of right now with my most viewed being pseudo-parodies.

    I have a few very well known designers for friends and they say to get an offer every two days or so. I really think it boils down to how many followers / likes you get as that's what gets you to the front page and gives the exposure you need. if anyone wants to link up- My twitter is the same for that matter.

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