Joel Califa

Joel Califa

Community Staff Brooklyn Senior Product Designer at GitHub Joined almost 5 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 Alternatives to DN, in reply to Mattan Ingram , Nov 17, 2017

    Mattan, it seems like you may have missed several top comments I deleted. Here's one of them:


    5 points
  • Posted to Designer News trolls get checked by HUGE names in the design community, in reply to Mattan Ingram , Nov 17, 2017

    awful comment

    4 points
  • Posted to Helen Tran — Product Designer, in reply to Paco Lara , Nov 15, 2017

    I wonder why I've never seen a similar reaction to:


    Helen has some fantastic content in here that showcases her considerable experience and point of view, but for some reason many of the comments here focus not on the work, but on Helen's character and looks. Just... what? Why does anyone here think that's ok?

    There are portfolio critiques on DN almost every day and so many portfolios showcase their authors' personalities alongside their skills. Many stray much closer to "ego" than what is ultimately a very fun, playful site. I've never seen the words "model," "beautiful," "dating profile," "vain," or "ego" thrown around for a man's portfolio as they have throughout this thread.

    Instead of getting defensive and denying any bias, think about whether you'd ever look at van Schneider's website and think "dating profile." Regardless of your intentions, this behavior is pervasive and absolutely toxic to the women in our industry. Have you noticed there isn't a single comment by a woman on this thread? On most threads on DN? Why do you think that is?

    Cut this shit out.

    65 points
  • Posted to Within 2018 — A leadership retreat for women in design, in reply to Sean Schraeder , Oct 27, 2017

    So let me get this straight. There is a positive event for women. You are not a white man and you don't know why they would need their own conference, but for some reason felt it was important for you to tear this event down throughout this thread because of some abstract principle?

    And you still don't think women need their own events?

    5 points
  • Posted to Within 2018 — A leadership retreat for women in design, in reply to Sean Schraeder , Oct 27, 2017

    Sean, Christina has given you reasons for women-only events. She's also given you every chance to answer a really simple question, and you haven't done it. Maybe take a moment to answer why white men need to be able to organize exclusionary events as well?

    2 points
  • Posted to Google Is Really Good at Design, in reply to Jon Myers , Oct 13, 2017

    You think Joshua Topolsky is trying to get a job at Google?

    22 points
  • Posted to What Ayahuasca Taught Me About Design, Oct 07, 2017

    This is the most Medium blog post title I've ever seen. It's well written and interesting but connecting these thoughts (personas have gaps because people are complex, flow state is good, people process reality w/ biases) to ayahuasca is such a streeeetch.

    5 points
  • Posted to Section 32 by Ueno, in reply to Chris Aalid , Sep 24, 2017


    1 point
  • 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
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