Renato de Leão

Renato de Leão Design & Code @Whitesmithco Joined about 9 years ago

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  • Posted to Timelapse Sketch Plugin - Create beautiful high-speed videos of your work in Sketch and show off your progress., Nov 02, 2018

    I'm just glad to see this idea come alive!

    Shared with my design mates, and I'm definitely going to try it out when back to design mode!

    Good luck!

    0 points
  • Posted to The User Onboarding of, in reply to Samuel Hulick , Jul 07, 2018

    This idea has definitely crossed my mind while going through your teardowns! (onboarding

    Excited to see it happen and can't wait for the meta teardown about it!

    Keep "teardowning"! Cheers!

    0 points
  • Posted to Figma launches 3.0 with Styles, upgraded Prototyping, and a new Organization tier, Jun 21, 2018


    7 points
  • Posted to Enough Design Methods (by Jon Kolko), Jun 06, 2018

    Last week I gave a small presentation to my team precisely on this matter, called Just Enough Process (sorry Erika Hall), that was based on a recent project discovery phase where I decided to put aside my 5 years in the making and tried to apply a remix of this now "standard methods" and failed almost completely. (almost because I reverted the process to "my own process" in time).

    Most of my key takeaways are referenced in this article. I'll just add two more "variables" that are omitted in the majority (if not all) of this "formulas/equations": yourself as an individual & your client (his cooperativeness factor). These formulas are one size fits all.

    Another Brick in a wall

    First, you have your own very unique way of gathering and organising information for your brain that's it's tailored for you (you know thinking). My advice is to use it, as it's a "trained model" with decades of experience By strictly following a set of steps, specially when you don't see value in some of them for a specific situation, you're not going to look natural, but more like an bad actor who's reading a script on an audition (A robot if you prefer a geek analogy). Then your going to spend a lot of precious time justifying each step and it's value, and when you notice have only 30min left in your slot with the client. Probably he will be more suspicious now than ever because you've been selling him something he didn't ask to.

    Second, these methods make you think that you're google/ideo/[insert big fish references]. That you can pop up into a room, with any type of stakeholder and tell them:

    • "Hey we're going to make [insert exercise] for x hours on day y and i need you to be there full-time with your full attention"
    • "yes of course, you're the expert!". [insert stock photo of business people cheering]

    It's not like that. Most of the times, they will not be 100% cooperative/available. They have their own stresses, work to accomplish in that week, their own personality: some will trust your process and find value, some will be suspicious no matter how much you justify its value. I think It's our job to adapt the process to them and not the other way around. I don't believe that there's a mathematical formula to design process, if it did would be something more or less like this :p

    To sum up, extract the bits of the "standard processes" that help you speed up your thinking, but don't forget to be yourself and, most important, to adapt. Be water

    When I was as student I once went to AGI conference in 2010, "process is the project", where design rockstars talked and illustrated their design process. I still got the conference book. The only thing their processes had in common was that they had nothing in common. (ok maybe practice practice practice ad infinitum).

    4 points
  • Posted to Side project: Copycat News — a hub for all the top tech/design communities, in reply to M. Appelman , May 28, 2018

    Yup also interested about what's your "curation model", as it could give a more personal touch.

    Personally use panda news as aggregator, but props for the execution on this!

    0 points
  • Posted to On Writing CSS, Dec 09, 2017


    4 points
  • Posted to Leading screen design tool in 2018, Dec 07, 2017

    I tried Figma today, for real as in real client project, with my 2013 macbook. All I've got to say is:

    Bow to the new King and Lord Commander of Design Tools

    15 points
  • Posted to Powerful Start in Sketch, Oct 31, 2017

    The amount of third party stuff that is required for an efficient sketch workflow is amazing and scary at the same time. (amazing for the extensibility, scary for the dependency on external parties to keep them updated)

    Maybe that's why new design tools keep growing like mushrooms...

    Either way, great sum up. I didn't installed the "Alfred for sketch", but now i can see it's a must.

    5 points
  • Posted to Finally finished the MVP for my side project - come and slate it!, Sep 18, 2017

    Hey Stevie! Well executed and you already have some feedback on the visual side here.

    On UX, since we're basically hiding an ugly form under a beautiful conversational Ui, you should have the option to undo decisions: because humans make mistakes.

    That's a great advantage of ugly forms, we can always edit them. Space10 did it in a neat way, despite the bad choice for edit button icon IMO.

    But that could be a pos-MVP version! Best of Luck.

    5 points
  • Posted to The All-New Guide to CSS Support in Email by Campaign Monitor, Sep 14, 2017

    I'm an avid user of for web. Not a particular fan of the visuals, but one thing that i love about it is that you can tell how safe is to use a property at a glance. Besides the green coloured table, the support percentage on the top-right corner is also handy.

    Maybe some kind of label system on top of each property collapsable list could tell us the "safetiness" of a property at a glance on most used email clients, with the current padding we can't get that effortlessly.

    Once again, thanks for the hard work!

    4 points
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