Gavin McFarland

Gavin McFarland

Joined almost 6 years ago via an invitation from Allan G. Gavin has invited Daniel Beard

  • 4 stories
  • 88 comments
  • 24 upvotes
  • Posted to Design / UX: Specialists vs Generalists — What’s Better? Here's the Truth, Jan 10, 2019

    "Ignore all of the dumb terms for a moment and let’s focus on the real question: Should I focus on being good at one thing, or should I try to be good at all things?"

    Well, that escalated quickly.

    1 point
  • Posted to Figma introduces PDF exports, Dec 07, 2018

    I like that they've added this feature. It makes it a lot more versatile and just convenient for sharing designs in my own process.

    0 points
  • Posted to Gal Shir, Dec 05, 2018

    Really love Gal's work at Lemonade. Have admired the motion design for that service for a while now.

    0 points
  • Posted to Does vertical rhythm actually make text more legible? Has it been proven?, Oct 18, 2018

    Whoa whoa whoa, the golden ratio is BS? :P

    7 points
  • Posted to Designers who have become developers: how have you found the experience?, Oct 17, 2018

    I originally started out creating websites by creating interfaces in Photoshop and then stitching them together using tables in Dreamweaver. At the time I was part of a community dedicated to skeuomorphic interfaces that were popular in games and software. Someone I knew from the forum was very generous and lent me some of their webspace. They also showed me you could do pretty much anything you wanted with CSS and gave me encouragement to learn it. If it wasn't for that one person I'm not sure I would be where I am today.

    Since then I've learnt how to programme, create plugins, fully interactive and animated websites etc. I spent some time as a front end person but eventually I started focusing on more design and UX roles. In my own time I create side projects that use programming and front end code. My technical knowledge helps me massively to understand the challenges and constraints that companies I work with face. But ultimately the real I reason code is because I enjoy the craft so much. It feels great being able to picture something and being able to bring it to life. I'm a massive advocate of design systems and I've been able to test out my own technical solutions that revolve around problems in this space. I've then used these ideas in my side projects making them easier to manage and deploy as I want.

    So much credit and appreciation goes to many many strangers that had and have the time to teach me and help me learn.

    As others have mentioned I would follow what you are interested in. As you find you can do things yourself you may have a bigger desire to push yourself. Things will get hard at times and it will seem like you are hitting a brick wall, but over time things will seemingly click into place and you will know more of what you didn't know previously.

    0 points
  • Posted to National Health Service, in reply to Aaron Wears Many Hats , Oct 15, 2018

    Just looking through the errors under 1.4 for colour contrast. These are all false because Achecker doesn't check for specificity so those colour combinations never happen.

    0 points
  • Posted to Introducing...downvoting! , in reply to Spenser Wolz , Sep 11, 2018

    But this goes back to the point about what the down arrow vote means? You say it's for unwanted content and spam etc, but majority of users are using it for content they disagree with or dislike. Can the users of this site not give their opinion on sponsored content? Doesn't seem right. That means that sponsored content no matter what will always have a better chance of topping user led content.

    5 points
  • Posted to Is Chrome 69 supposed to look good?, Sep 11, 2018

    I'm curious of the people that prefer the new version of Chrome are you on a Mac or a Windows machine?

    0 points
  • Posted to Introducing...downvoting! , Sep 11, 2018

    Down voting is already being used to disagree or dislike something, so I don't think it will be used as you expect it to be unfortunately.

    I would be more interested to see users being rewarded for valuable contributions to a discussion. Lots of users on DN have made numerous valuable comments to posts but still have ZERO karma.

    Update: My point has already been proven on my own comment. I never said I disagree with down voting based on opinion, I'm just saying people will use it for whatever they think it means, which is likely opinion.

    3 points
  • Posted to Is Chrome 69 supposed to look good?, Sep 09, 2018

    I mean I suppose it could look nice if the rest of the OS I'm on looked the same, but it looks childish compared to the rest of the UI. As Dimitri said there's also very little contrast. The autosuggest shadow is overkill and quite distracting when it overlays the input box.

    4 points
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