Joel Califa

Joel Califa

Community Staff Brooklyn Senior Product Designer at GitHub Joined over 4 years ago via an invitation from Allan G. Joel has invited Robert Vinluan, Burak Nehbit, Amy Chen, Taylor Barnett, Pranav Vishnu and 3 others

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  • Posted to Ask DN: How do you design for inclusivity in 2017?, Aug 31, 2017

    Hire diversely and include more people in the design process. Make sure your user studies are thorough and inclusive. There's a lot you don't see that's obvious to other people, it's just a matter of giving them a chance to tell you.

    7 points
  • Posted to Git for designers is here – Meet Abstract (Video & explainer GIFs inside), in reply to Sol Ray , Jul 20, 2017

    I mean, to be fair, it's an interface on top of git ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    4 points
  • Posted to PSA— snapshot your websites , Jul 14, 2017

    Damn I've wanted something like this forever. The best I've come up with has been sitesucker and hosting it somewhere new myself. This is awesome and I wish I had it before

    I do wish it had a sitesucker-type feature though, where it could crawl the site and save everything for smaller sites.

    3 points
  • Posted to Making our own emoji, Jul 14, 2017

    Holy. Shit. This is incredible work.

    1 point
  • Posted to New Portfolio: Looking for your thoughts on my content & project selections as I look for a new job in my field..., Jul 12, 2017

    Linsey, this is an absolutely gorgeous portfolio. It's bold and fresh. I especially love the consistency and attention to detail between various case studies, how you show typography choices, etc. Overall i's really solid and professional. Great work.

    As some others have said, though, this is currently a very strong visual/web design portfolio. I have no doubt in my mind that it'll easily get you those kinds of jobs. But you also frame yourself as a strategy/UX professional on top of that, yet that doesn't come through in the case studies.

    There's an industry adage that says your portfolio should only ever include the kind of work you want to keep getting. If that's the case, this is wonderful. Otherwise, I'd tweak it a bit.

    6 points
  • Posted to Show DN: Joel Califa is Sad — new portfolio!, in reply to Oliver Swig , Jul 11, 2017

    Hey, thanks for the comment (I guess?). You're right in that there's nothing spectacular on the surface, but I do find this kind of work extremely rewarding. It's actually surprisingly difficult to make sure these boring user flows work well, especially in situations where they're difficult to ship. This skillset is valuable to some companies.

    Also, you should work on the style of your critique :)

    3 points
  • Posted to Show DN: Joel Califa is Sad — new portfolio!, in reply to Labib Rahman , Jul 11, 2017

    That's great to hear. Thanks for the kind words, Labib! :)

    0 points
  • Posted to Show DN: Joel Califa is Sad — new portfolio!, in reply to Vlad Danilov , Jul 10, 2017

    Hey, you're totally right!

    I'm using a generator on jekyll to output a srcset and serve different sized images for various breakpoints, but I never thought to further optimize those outputted images.

    On my todo list for next week :)

    3 points
  • Posted to Show DN: Joel Califa is Sad — new portfolio!, in reply to Cory Etzkorn , Jul 10, 2017

    It's a process!

    1 point
  • Posted to Show DN: Joel Califa is Sad — new portfolio!, Jul 10, 2017

    Hey DN!

    Today marks exactly 3 years since I first posted my portfolio to DN. To mark this occasion, I deleted it and replaced it with a new one!

    I started disliking the old site almost immediately, so I refreshed it for my most recent job search. As it stands, I don’t hate it quite yet.

    Tomorrow’s my first day at GitHub, so I’m stoked to start fresh. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the new site :)

    14 points
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