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Jon Myers

Jon Myers

Designer, JonMyers.com - HCMC, Vietnam Joined about 3 years ago

  • 7 stories
  • 352 comments
  • 24 upvotes
  • Posted to Kickstarter's new design, brutalist or minimalist?, Nov 19, 2017

    Looks like they're trying too hard - to look like they're not trying.

    2 points
  • Posted to Google Flights—new look, Nov 18, 2017

    Gross, opinionated, heavy and harsh.

    The overall design is screaming over the content, controls and so on.

    It's like Inbox was mating with Lego blocks and spawned this unbalanced eyesore.

    Are we all seeing the same thing?

    The UX flows are wonkish. The hierarchy and organization of information are all over the place.

    The scale of type is inconsistent and fails to reassert the hierarchy of information, fails to create contrast amongst labels, controls and so on.

    The search button plastered on that Lego block search form of odd color contrast to nav bar is a headache.

    The control schemas themselves are inconsistent as all get out.

    Wow.

    0 points
  • Posted to The Portfolio of Nathan Riley, Nov 16, 2017

    I like it, it's creative.

    I agree with some other commenters, the scrolling is really choppy.

    One nitpicky point.

    In the case studies, I don't like the use of Lorem Ipsum when presenting the body typography used on the project.

    Its use creates confusion (what am I reading) - and when casually scrolling, it initially stopped me in my tracks thinking it was a mistake.

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    One thing I'm wondering aloud is how this site will play to civilians (non-designers) out in the wild. I'm assuming the main intention of the site is to help with getting client work.

    As designers, we know and understand some of the subtle cues nested away, that are informally serving as a call to action. However, I feel like the site kind of ends with no real call to action and is so passive that a motivated individual with a project who has a real interest, may stumble in contacting you.

    3 points
  • Posted to Helen Tran — Product Designer, Nov 14, 2017

    It’s a personal site, and thus, will have elements of “vanity” and “ego” by its very nature. I’m not sure why that’s a big deal. I respect the risk-taking to put multiple facets of one’s self out there.

    The issue is whether or not those elements come across as shallow and inauthentic, which they do not in this case. The photography is polished and has rhythm like most other things on the site.

    I love the site and think it’s really well done on many fronts.

    Helen’s site accomplishes two things that stand out.

    1. The site gives a glimpse into who she is as a person, which shows intellectual curiosity, drive, and ambition.

    2. The site demonstrates how she thinks as a designer and exercises a level of intellectual depth in the case studies to drive that point home, which contrasts well with the snippets of her personal story.

    If anything, I get the sense this site is very restrained on several fronts. The visual design fundamentals, command of type, space, etc., are well done with some moderate risk taking. The writing is well done, thorough and doesn’t shy away from long form.

    Finally, it appears that there is some positioning not just as a designer, but as an aspiring entrepreneur looking to collaborate with other entrepreneurs, thus, the who you are and how you think sides are important.

    Very well done.

    18 points
  • Posted to How Much Does it Cost To Develop an App Like Airbnb? , Oct 31, 2017

    Let me guess, and you all will build it for any fool that wants to build some Frankenstein AirBnb meets whatever hair-brained app idea?

    Better yet, there are pre-built components that can be cobbled together laying in wait.

    I understand the whole content marketing schtick, but this approach to building an app/ business has a trail of tears that circles the globe and is usually a setup for failure and taking fool's money.

    Yet, I can fully appreciate how this appeals to novices with money to burn, and in-turn, find it disingenuous.

    3 points
  • Posted to Finally got my new product design portfolio together., Oct 31, 2017

    You nailed it. Excellent writing and storytelling. Love the balance of fun and professionalism.

    2 points
  • Posted to Inside Udemy's New Brand , Oct 27, 2017

    It's nice, well done and appropriate. The logo mark is nice, but not necessarily rememberable.

    Then again, the overall new brand lacks energy for me.

    0 points
  • Posted to What invoicing billing tools do you recommend for freelancing?, Oct 27, 2017

    I just switched to Bonsai a month ago and love it:

    https://www.hellobonsai.com/

    A central source of truth for:

    • Projects
    • Proposals
    • Invoices
    • Client/ CRM
    • Time Tracking
    • Contracts

    They hook into Stripe and clients can pay invoices via a secure payment page.

    There are some wonka-licious opinionated things regarding the handling of fixed fee projects (evidently they think everyone still works at hourly rates) - but, there are workarounds.

    Bonsai has some useful integrations as well if you work with another accounting platform.

    Previously I was using Ronin and that thing has turned into a neglected product junkyard.

    3 points
  • Posted to Bring the web back to life. — Webflow, Oct 26, 2017

    I love Webflow. They get designers.

    6 points
  • Posted to Google Is Really Good at Design, Oct 13, 2017

    Somebody is trying to get a job at Google.

    Depends, Google also ran Nest into the ground.

    9 points
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