Danny Lewandowski

Interactive Designer/Curator paul-rand.com Joined over 5 years ago

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  • Posted to I made a small tool to download photos and videos from Instagram, Mar 16, 2020

    Nice! Also available as a bookmarklet is Instantgram: https://theus.github.io/instantgram/

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  • Posted to Designers who are 40 plus, how are you..., in reply to Marc Edwards , Apr 16, 2019

    Agree! Every "young" designer I've worked with is slow and uninspired. They don't put in the effort to learn their craft and get better. I could probably out-pace a dozen of them and I'm also 43. Plus I do front-end coding and most of them can't even spell HTML.

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  • Posted to Designers who are 40 plus, how are you..., Apr 16, 2019

    This is a great question and I've been struggling with it the recent past. I'm 43, turning 44 in June.

    I've always worked in agencies at about the Sr. Art Director level, just under the separation of design and business. What I mean by that is what I've observed is that as you get higher up the ladder that farther away from the design process you get. I've seen it time and time again. People work themselves to the bone to impress the higher-ups and then are cheered for getting a promotion. Once they get into their new role they do nothing but go to countless meetings, deal with account people, schedules, budgeting, resources, allocations, yada yada yada yada. You slowly see the spark get drained from their eyes and they become a shell of their former selves.

    How's that promotion feeling now you worked so hard for?

    I've always been a "doer", not a "talker". At some point, you have to stop talking in circles and just get down to work and actually design something. That's been my struggle with the whole "design thinking" movement...just shut and make something! This has also worked against me in reviews.

    Personally, I have no interest in moving up to management. You're constantly shit on, never design anything and so far removed from the process. I want to keep my hands dirty.

    The drawback is that it limits my income but that's where side gigs come in.

    Now I have a 401k, am working on an internal team "client-side", have great health care, an awesome boss and team and work from home. Couldn't be happier at the moment. The work isn't glamorous but I could care less about that now.

    My goals are to improve where I can, learn new skills and be the best designer I can. I'm planning for retirement but don't think I could ever stop working.

    My 2 cents for what it's worth.

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  • Posted to How is Invision Studio?, Jan 16, 2018

    I'm very interested and hope to try it out soon. Fingers crossed that it's all it's hyped up to be.

    This is probably a question for another thread, but besides Sketch and InVision Studio, what's the best desktop-based, cross-platform design/UX/UI/whatever-you-wanna-call-it tool? I've been looking for a solution that has responsive layouts, vector-based and good sharing/collaboration tools for a global team that run Windows and Mac. The ones I've looked at are:

    • Adobe XD (some good features like Repeat Grid, but that's about it)
    • Gravit (good features and FREE)
    • Affinity Designer (good features but no collaboration)
    • Adobe Illustrator (not really a UX-type app)

    I know other like Figma, Framer, etc are great but we are limited and not able to do any subscription based tools, unfortunately.

    Thanks for any input andsuggestions!

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  • Posted to Creating New Portfolio Site... What static site generator should I use?, Aug 11, 2017

    I'm a big fan of Pug. Create a set of variables, mixins and includes, hook them together and you're off to the races. I'm rebuilding a huge site with over 300 pages using that method and it gives me the most flexibility in terms of consistency mixed with layout flexibility.

    This way you're not locked into any specific toolset. In the event that they'd ever go away, you're not caught in the lurch having to rebuild from scratch. It's also a good way to learn exactly how things work from the ground up since it's basically just simple HTML/CSS.

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  • Posted to We're looking for a free option to document brand guidelines, Jun 15, 2017

    I've used Astrum. Very easy to integrate and customize. http://astrum.nodividestudio.com/

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  • Posted to Full screen responsive overlay menu, Dec 05, 2016

    Anyone know how to recreate this priority nav without Angular? Just pure CSS/JS?

    https://www.regionalaustraliabank.com.au/

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  • Posted to PSD Cleaner- Is there a fix or an alternative?, in reply to Marc Edwards , Sep 12, 2016

    Well, any of the features of PSD Cleaner plus any other things that would be useful. The Source site says the features are:

    Naming unnamed layers takes only seconds Automatically locate unnamed layers and rename them right in our plugin.

    Use the right type of text You can instantly turn any point text that has breaking spaces into a paragraph text.

    Easily find and fix CSS incompatible layers Some Photoshop effects are impossible to recreate in CSS. Easily find and fix them.

    Simply clear all unused layers Get rid of all unnecessary layers with just a few clicks.

    Delete all empty layers with few clicks It takes forever to manually delete empty layers. Not anymore with PSD Cleaner.

    Quickly locate all layers that are out of canvas Searching for out of canvas layers is time consuming. Avoid this with our PS Plugin.

    It basically follow the tips from photoshopetiquette.com

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Thunderbolt Display worth it? Or are there better alternatives?, Jun 15, 2016

    Has anyone used the LG 31MU97-B 31.0-Inch Cinema 4K Monitor? I'm considering this one over the Dell. Has a 10-bit color depth, wide RGB gamut range and color profile previewing. It's also full 4k resolution- 4096x2160 Pixels.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OKSEVTY/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_7?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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  • Posted to Paul Rand exhibit opens tomorrow in NYC, Feb 24, 2015

    If you're in New York, be sure to check out this exhibit on Paul Rand, America's greatest modernist designer.

    Don't know who he is? Check out www.paul-rand.com for more.

    BTW, this is NOT Rand Paul, the politician. An unfortunate coincidence of names.

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