Moe Amaya

Moe Amaya

San Francisco, CA Joined about 3 years ago

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  • Posted to What are the design related websites you visit at least once a week besides DN?, in reply to Olivier F , Feb 25, 2018

    Spectrum has an active frontend community that has a lot of these conversations.

    There also a lot helpful folks on twitter like and

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  • Posted to Show DN: New product design portfolio , in reply to adrian io , Feb 14, 2018

    Appreciate the feedback Adrian. Quite a few comments that the links are confusing, and I need to add hover effects, oops. But yea CSS Gradient isn't quite finished and I accidentally shipped with the link enabled.

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  • Posted to New Portfolio: Dixon & Moe, in reply to adrian io , Oct 25, 2017

    Thanks for the making a gif to show the issue Adrian! Really helps us out a whole heap.

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  • Posted to Show DN: Best Architecture Software List, in reply to Sam Solomon , Oct 14, 2017

    Yea that's the way we normalize prices across the products. It's not obvious, but we wrote a note about that at the bottom.

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  • Posted to Show DN: Best Architecture Software List, in reply to Jon Myers , Oct 13, 2017

    Thanks for keeping up with us and giving us your well articulated feedback.

    The audience for this product is 100% architects, but we posted it on DN since this audience appreciates time spent on web design and animations (unfortunately architects could care less).

    Yea so as you clearly elucidated, we're struggling with a clear identity seeing as we have multiple products and lots of random content.

    To respond to your UX concerns, this page is really for people looking for "Architecture Software". It's heavily SEO optimized so most of the traffic will be looking for something that's on this page, and not trying to find a call to action at the end (at least that's the intention).

    Then the homepage you clicked to is a single page describing our newest and now primary product, the Project Management tool for architects. Seeing as it's only a single page and there aren't any links on this page, hopefully it's straightforward enough for folks landing directly.

    All that justification aside, you're the first person to actually spend time to tell us there's some weird flows going on but I'm sure you're not the first to deal with them. We'll certainly take a closer look at how we limit or control the trajectories between pages.

    Thanks Jon!

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  • Posted to Show DN: Best Architecture Software List, in reply to Yitong Zhang , Oct 12, 2017

    Good catch. Once all the people were animating it looked way too "it's a small world" like a creepy, robot puppet diorama. But was fun to figure out how to make those puppets extra creepy.

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  • Posted to The Engine — built by MIT, in reply to PJ Rosa , Sep 20, 2017

    I thought I recognized the work! His instagram is also insane:

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  • Posted to What environment should I use to create a new portfolio website?, Jul 06, 2017

    You've been getting a lot of great responses in here and I tend to agree with the majority: either Semplice (Wordpress) or Webflow.

    Semplice: Based on fact you are willing to learn and already know a bit of HTML, CSS, I would encourage you to give Semplice a try first. Being built around Wordpress, the code you produce ends up being mostly HTML and CSS (with a bit of php) but that means you can then look under the hood and make further tweaks if you need to. Moreover the skills you learn using a WP-foundation are transferrable and reusable in the future. That said the best portfolios that use Semplice tend to be more geared toward art direction or brand design and less UI/UX, so make sure your imagery is strong.

    Webflow: Their drag-n-drop designer tool is embarrassingly easy to use—like Tony Gines mentioned you'll be finished with your portfolio before you even would have started your Semplice install. Yet the main drawback for me is a strong one: it's still a proprietary tool. Again the benefit with Wordpress is that it's open source, you can break open the code and see how things work, and while Webflow outputs HTML and CSS, the generation of that code is hidden away from you. But ultimately, if you're not too worried about that drawback, I do highly recommend Webflow and all the tools they've built including the CMS.

    If you have any other questions, I am putting together a resource for finding the right service or website to create a portfolio at (still a WIP).

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  • Posted to Show DN: We created a mac app for free stock photos, May 23, 2017

    This is great William + Panda Team!!

    Kinda a silly technical question, but how are you guys doing the flickr/google images grid?

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  • Posted to Best 3D modeling software for 2D work?, Feb 18, 2017

    If you want to get nice clean vector line output, I'd recommend Rhinoceros. They have a command called "make2d" which does as it sounds, turns a 3d object into a flattened 2D vector. My favorite part of that feature is it also creates "hidden lines" and puts them on a separate layer so when you import into illustrator you can dash them or color them differently.

    Also as an example I used Rhino to create these isometric illustrations:

    Finally, if you're just looking for more precision and want vector output (and don't want to spend much cash), I'd say stick with Sketchup. You can export as a .dxf file and import into Illustrator with no problems.

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