Mike Torosian

Developer Joined about 6 years ago

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  • 3 upvotes
  • Posted to ASK DN: Do you contribute to retirement funds?, Jul 21, 2017

    Roth IRA through Vanguard, 401k through my employer, and trying out Acorns now as well, which seems to be similar to Qapital.

    A lot of people, especially younger people, do not adequately prepare for retirement. If you can afford to start young, you should, even if you can't max out Roth contributions, for example, something is better than nothing at all.

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  • Posted to Stanford Redesign by Stanford Communication and Mule, Jul 07, 2017

    For those being critical of the design, it's very easy to critique without context. However, you don't know what Mule's research yielded, you don't know what constraints they were faced with, you don't know what the University wanted, you really don't know any of the details that went into the design direction of the website.

    While you're entitled to your opinion, I do think it is unfair to simply throw around derogatory comments because it doesn't appeal to your own tastes.

    Personally, I find it to be extremely clean and easy to use, which in my opinion is exactly what a University website should be given the vast demographics it caters to.

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  • Posted to UENO is about to destroy my Dribbble Leads , May 09, 2017

    Dribbble has helped a lot of agencies do extremely well, some of which you have named, but the community on Dribbble is flawed in many, many ways far beyond lead generation. Dribbble for me has become a place to just look at stuff, it's impossible to get any kind of constructive feedback and as a solo Dribbbler I'm not even on the radar. Think about that. UENO does great work, it's no surprise they have built a following, Haraldur was one of the first people I followed on Dribbble before UENO existed and he was building a following back then as well. My point is, the heavy hitters dwarf everyone else. FocusLab, for example, seems to make it a part of their flow to post regularly, and it shows, and they benefit from it. So, while you complain that UENO is dwarfing you, think about the fact that you are also dwarfing others.

    In a way, this kind of reads like a "woe is me" story but what you believe UENO is doing to your leads, Knife and Fox is also doing to others.

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  • Posted to FREE Webinar - Turn your designs into React components, Apr 17, 2017

    As someone new to React I would love to watch this or at least see a recording afterward if I couldn't attend live.

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  • Posted to Any tips/resources for public speaking at conferences?, Mar 29, 2017

    Demystifying Public Speaking by Lara Hogan is supposed to be a great resource as well: https://abookapart.com/products/demystifying-public-speaking

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  • Posted to Are there any design critique sites still alive?, Jan 25, 2017

    I used Hunie at first as well but stopped. Dribbble could be better, I once though a system like Stack Overflow could work where poor or meaningless feedback could be down voted or collapsed, but it may discourage any interaction at all.

    Another thing is that on Dribbble unless you are one of the power agencies or top users on there with thousands of followers it's hard to even get your work seen let alone get feedback.

    I've taken to speaking to friends of mine instead when I want to get feedback and talk through a project.

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  • Posted to Must have X years experience, in reply to Ix Techau , Dec 14, 2016

    But for the most part, careers are built from the bottom up.

    I think starting as an apprentice is essentially starting from the bottom up.

    I meet these people every day. I've heard every excuse under the sun. "I don't do that sort of work", "I feel I'm senior already", etc.

    Those people would be easy to weed out based solely on those answers. If you are coming in with an arrogant attitude about work you think is beneath you then you probably aren't presenting yourself as a very desirable candidate anyway.

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  • Posted to Must have X years experience, in reply to Ix Techau , Dec 14, 2016

    If you are coming in as an apprentice, though, you are doing it to obtain experience, not because you think you have it already.

    I don't think I have ever seen a job listings that said "no experience needed". At least not in this industry. Sure, you could attempt to freelance and do pro-bono work but the pro-bono stuff is not helping you get paid for your work and if you are out there on your own you may not be learning in a manner that would make you a desirable candidate, things like contracts, client communication, presenting work, etc. That is all experience that more advanced colleagues could share to help create more well-rounded professionals.

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  • Posted to Must have X years experience, in reply to Nick Bewley , Dec 13, 2016

    I could definitely see that being a problem. I have seen from time to time the industry speaking out against recruiters - posting their pitches, kind of laughing about it, but obviously that wouldn't completely solve the problem.

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  • Posted to Must have X years experience, Dec 13, 2016

    I think that's because there aren't many companies out there offering them :D

    There's other fields in the creative spectrum that certainly offer apprenticeships: glass blowing, tattooing, taxidermy, leather working. To me it is how you help ensure you are bringing quality people into the field.

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