Kyle Conrad

Kyle Conrad

Richmond, VA Senior Interactive Designer at Friendly Design Co. Joined about 7 years ago via an invitation from Cory G. Kyle has invited Jay Anderson, Duncan Graham, Laura McGuigan, Maxim Leyzerovich

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  • Posted to Yes, websites really are starting to look more similar, May 11, 2020

    "Two 2016 sites, Xfinity.com and Gilt.com, on the other hand, are even more similar: They both have a menu bar on the top and are primarily white and black with images."

    what

    1 point
  • Posted to Kyle Conrad. Design + Code + Identity., in reply to Stefan Trkulja , May 04, 2020

    I can definitely take another look at that - was trying to go for something different without being totally unrecognizable, but if it's too much it might make sense to only have the custom cursors on video hovers for play/pause.

    0 points
  • Posted to Kyle Conrad. Design + Code + Identity., in reply to ChrisArchitec t , Apr 29, 2020

    Definitely makes sense! The UX was something I struggled with - I wanted something very different for it - simple in ways but also trying to focus on content more (vs having a "navigation" kind of thing). I'll take a look at this and see if there's a way to maybe call that stuff out more without being too in your face.

    0 points
  • Posted to Kyle Conrad. Design + Code + Identity., Apr 27, 2020

    Finally launched my long in progress portfolio redesign and rebuild!

    Content: rewrote basically everything, added a ton of captions and more detailed breakdowns with behind the scenes of the concept and content structures to tell a better story around projects and clients. Also added a bunch of new case studies, including the longest case study I've ever put together (it's this one: https://kyleconrad.com/wolfenstein/).

    Design: found a gothic-inspired font that immediately threw my old redesign out the window, then was inspired by a pair of sneakers I fell in love with (literally stole the teal and purple from them thanks to the handy eyedropper tool).

    Code: started from scratch, building it all out in Gatsby/React and using Contentful as the CMS - so it's fully static but powered behind the scenes with all the goodness of React (and all the headaches of React). One of the best parts of this new structure/build is that I can have a standalone URL for each case study. And it's fully open source, so check out the GitHub: https://github.com/kyleconrad/portfolio-2020

    Hosting: moved away from a DigitalOcean droplet to an S3 instance with CloudFront distribution - basically that means it's hosted for cheap with blazing fast speed anywhere.

    0 points
  • Posted to Learn SwiftUI for iOS 13, in reply to Andrew C , Jun 27, 2019

    Yeah, at least on Chrome on macOS, there's no regular vertical page scrollbar on the right side.

    0 points
  • Posted to Learn SwiftUI for iOS 13, Jun 26, 2019

    A) I want to take this course, because SwiftUI looks incredibly interesting.

    B) I hate sites that hide the scrollbar!

    3 points
  • Posted to Lessons Learned Using Craft CMS to Build our Website, in reply to Mike Cassie , May 09, 2019

    Yeah, the DB syncs seemed to be the big failing on Craft for us. We're used to WordPress for a lot of client stuff, and a plugin like WP Sync DB really solves any DB issues for us (in terms of syncing, backing up, pushing, pulling) so it would be nice to see a one click solution like this built for Craft.

    0 points
  • Posted to Lessons Learned Using Craft CMS to Build our Website, in reply to Roel van Hintum , Apr 19, 2019

    I believe I tried doing this (it might've been on the version right before 3.1, this was about a month and a half ago), but the system kept telling me my project.yaml didn't match and then the database didn't match.

    0 points
  • Posted to Lessons Learned Using Craft CMS to Build our Website, Apr 17, 2019

    It would be interesting to read more about how they handled the local/production dev environment and database situation - was recently working on a project, had a terrific local install and database set up, and could not solve how to deploy it. Ended up having to manually install Craft on the server, rebuild the plugins and structure, and then manually copy and paste all of the content over. Without doing this (and this was only a single dev contributing), the production install failed every time, or had database issues, or whatever - it just wouldn't work at all. It seems like it's the one thing that other CMS's have solved (whether built in or through plugins) that Craft just doesn't have a solution for (or a plugin that does it).

    4 points
  • Posted to 1 week into my new job and I'm thinking about quitting., in reply to Thomas Michael Semmler , Apr 11, 2019

    whoa this is some real psycho level stuff, you don't owe them anything - give them 2 weeks, write up a little handoff doc, and get on your way

    3 points
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