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Love it and prefer it to HN. Only item - I wish there was a dark mode.
I use Dark Mode on DN now with Stylish. It's not too bad:
This is a great write up. Thanks for sharing.
I also embarked upon a similar path using a Midi-Controller and the BetterTypeTool. I tried it for awhile, but ultimately, the heuristics of using the controller didn't make sense for me. It was easier to simply execute these commands in Runner than to lift my hands off the keyboard and try and make sure I hit the right pre-loaded button.
I do think the hardware inputs for the design process are still in the dark ages. A mere keyboard and mouse seems primitive. I wish there were more hardware inputs akin to music production. I've seen some attempts, but they look cheap, flimsy and clunky.
Unfortunately, the hardware market, risk and demand for such a product probably doesn't align for the effort involved.
One thing - it depends on the size and stage of the product and company with regards to what structure is most effective. In the earlier stages, a looser, more ad-hoc structure may make more sense to achieve product-market fit. If the organization gets product-market fit and intends to scale, it’s likely a scale or fail moment that demands more structure will present itself.
We are a crypto-exchange and fintech company who are evolving into a more mature product-centric organizational structure with familiar startup roots.
We have business analysts who support product managers who form product requirements, business requirements and user requirements, which in turn inform and nurture the process for our product designers.
These sources of truth (requirements + design deliverables) inform technical requirements, which our product and project managers use as the the source of truth to guide our weekly sprints and development efforts.
And - we are focused on a culture of empiricism to guide our product design and development efforts to best serve users. That said, we spend a lot of time in front of customers as well. So, it’s a balance.
Long time user of the Pocketcast web and mobile apps.
I think this update is an improvement. Particularly with the priorities shifting from a focus on downloading - to a focus on streaming.
Truthfully, for me one caveat - the podcast episode screen has this clumsily assembled jenga tower feel to it.
Further, on the episode screen - the element, control and information priorities and hierarchy are out of wack with the heuristics of hand positioning and user intentions.
If someone clicks on the episode screen - they likely want to - read the episode description.
Otherwise, they would have clicked on stream from the list view.
Now - the podcast cover art dominates a large swath of real-estate at the top of the screen.
The centered titles are a bit hard to read when they’re long.
And, the description is buried under the bottom of your hand.
Maximum Rock and Roll!
Anima's products and plugins always seem smart. I have used them on occasion. However, I always find myself deleting them due to the plugin's persistent takeover and presence in the right column of the design environment.
Mailchimp is presumably still in the business of offering an email marketing and automation platform.
Though, my business spidey senses tell me they are rebranding and attempting to reposition as the email marketing automation space gets more crowded and consumer behavior further shifts away from email.
That’s ok, but the brand, product, positioning and messaging seem extremely confused and requires deep investigation to get the point.
Are they trying to encroach on Intercom’s turf, Hubspot’s? Are they seeing competition from players like ConvertKit and attempting to differentiate?
It all seems confused and like a mid-life crisis.
They should clearly state their objectives on the homepage.
If one were a cold visitor to this homepage, upon encountering the overwhelming brand and visual language, and the extremely vague and general messaging - it would be very difficult to grasp who they are and what they do.
In fact, in this case - the brand, i.e., visual identity just get in the way and impose too many cognitive demands on the visitor.
The Mad, Spy vs. Spy illustrations are technically and visually interesting, but they do little in the way of fostering further understanding of who they are and what they do in the presence of the overwhelming message vagary that is breaking out everywhere.
The technical attributes of the brand and visual identity are polished and professional. The aggressive yellow color story in contrast with Cooper is nice. The graphical purity of Freddy refreshed is well done. Even the primary CTA with the paradise deep green works. Personally, I’m not a fan of the logo typeface. It feels more appropriate for a child’s toy than a business tool and sets an unpleasant visual argument with Freddy. Especially the bowl of the “a” - which is illegible. Further exacerbating the illegibility of the logo typeface is the tight kerning.
All the best to Mailchimp, I’ve always been a big fan.
It’s just really unclear to me who you are and what you are trying to do as a business.
Finally, if the target audience is small businesses - I fail to see how this will connect with that audience.
For myself and my work style - I’m very heavily reliant on the keyboard and shortcuts, thus I find the keyboard is the most essential peripheral accessory.
I use the Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard: https://www.microsoft.com/accessories/en-us/products/keyboards/sculpt-ergonomic-desktop/l5v-00001
In fact, in Sketch I don’t have any icons exposed at all and execute most things through Sketch Runner.
I DO use both the Magic Mouse and Trackpad, which I find as critical.
In the design process (Sketch), the MM and TP are mostly for zooming and selection and the gestures are critical to my workflow.
Their lack of ergonomics I don’t find that troubling TBH - but, Apple keyboards...
That’s another story.
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