Matthew Ström

Matthew Ström

Design Director at The Wall Street Journal Joined almost 5 years ago via an invitation from C. A. S.

  • 30 stories
  • Posted to Redesign, Nov 27, 2017

    I like it! It certainly isn't the most innovative design, but I think it hits all the functional notes. Looks like it's much easier to RSVP, learn about an event, see who's attending, etc. etc. AND it's fast.

    1 point
  • Posted to Inline validation is problematic, Jun 26, 2017

    It's a huge bummer to read articles that enumerate problems, but provide no solutions.

    20 points
  • Posted to The Remote X: Jordan of CartHook, in reply to Katie Macoy , Jun 15, 2017

    Try out "gallery view" (next to the fullscreen button) — it's much better than the default "speaker view."

    1 point
  • Posted to Sketch plugin creates patterns and randomly duplicates & distributes objects, Jun 15, 2017

    So so so cool. This is where the sketch plugin ecosystem really starts to shine.

    1 point
  • Posted to Design’s design tool problem, Jun 05, 2017

    When it comes to tools, choice is a luxury, not a curse. The belief that there is a best tool hurts us. Don't spend as much time evaluating new tools; invest in the tools you use.

    1 point
  • Posted to Forget Coding: Writing Is Design’s “Unicorn Skill”, May 22, 2017

    I definitely think writing is an important skill for a designer to master.

    But "Unicorn Skill?" Just typing that makes me a little sick to my stomach.

    Learn how to write well, learn how to code, study design history and typography, and you will become a more well-rounded designer. No need for silver bullets.

    6 points
  • Posted to Craft Prototyping now available in Sketch, May 18, 2017

    Excited to try this out! However, I just updated Craft and it looks like Prototype is still "coming soon." Any ideas why that might be?

    0 points
  • Posted to Sketch 43.2 released with many bug fixes, Apr 19, 2017

    The symbol duplication bug was killing me.

    8 points
  • Posted to How to get the best design feedback from your team, in reply to Dirk HCM van Boxtel , Apr 13, 2017

    Thanks for taking the time to read the article! And thank you for the kind words.

    Feedback on the previous article is definitely a big part of my current position. There are some things that practice proved out (consistency is good, speed and conciseness are good). There are other things that I heard and felt some tensions on: namely, my hard line on feelings.

    Interestingly, explicit feedback played a minor role in shaping my thoughts. Understanding how things work in practice, through constant open communication with the team, was much more important.

    Maybe I should write up some thoughts on explicit vs. implicit feedback :)

    0 points
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