Alexander J. O'Connell

Alexander J. O'Connell

San Francisco unknown Joined about 6 years ago via an invitation from Marco S.

  • 3 stories
  • 43 comments
  • 36 upvotes
  • Posted to DesignSystems.com 2.0, in reply to Mattan Ingram , Apr 16, 2019

    Design systems are most important at scale, and particularly for teams who need to collaborate.

    If you're a one man band, you can use Figma for free. It makes sense for them to cater to their paying customers, being that they're a business with bills to pay and goals to achieve.

    So getting back to the actual topic at hand; this is a completely on-brand marketing platform, extremely well designed & crafted, and contains some really interesting and thoughtful articles.

    Plus Inter really shines here. That's what you get with @rsms on your team!

    1 point
  • Posted to TOKYO 2020 UNVEILS GAMES PICTOGRAMS, in reply to Radley Marx , Mar 13, 2019

    Thanks for that - some inspiring work here.

    0 points
  • Posted to Blocs 3 - New Visual Web Design Tool, Nov 24, 2018

    This looks like a really well designed tool, and an incredible achievement by one person. Well done & good luck!

    2 points
  • Posted to What's your favourite design newsletter?, Oct 17, 2018

    For those interested in branding & identity: Under Consideration: Brand New. Enjoy this every week.

    https://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/

    0 points
  • Posted to Should I learn prototyping in After Effects or apps like Flinto, Apr 24, 2018

    I'm always surprised in these threads when no-one mentions Origami (origami.design).

    The learning curve is quite steep, but persevere and you will reap the benefits of a hugely versatile tool.

    The team at Facebook are doing a fantastic job of taking this forward and continue to provide easy to use, pre-built components for standard elements in iOS & Android. Plenty of examples/documentation and a very helpful community on Facebook too.

    Unlike AE you can create tangible, on-device prototypes that you can use in your hands, and there's a lot to be said for that as opposed to staging things on a timeline.

    If you want fine-grained control over all aspects of your prototype (and you do, don't you?), either Origami or Framer are your best bets, IMHO.

    I've tried Framer several times in the past but I suck at Javascript and end up being buried in code I don't really understand. I find Origami's approach through a visual logic language refreshing, easier to parse (as a visual thinker) and really satisfying to use.

    All the same, I agree with many here that AE is hugely powerful and you can't go too far wrong learning it. (except that you may be forced to use the rest of Adobe Creative Suite too.. ouch).

    Edit: it's also FREE!

    2 points
  • Posted to Sketch 47 with Libraries —Sync and use Symbols across documents, in reply to Judah Guttmann , Oct 10, 2017

    Couldn't agree more. Sketch Libraries are awesome, and the beta has been solid (as Sketch releases go!), but being unable to widen the Overrides menu is crazy.

    I've kept the structure as minimal as possible, partly because of this constraint - but still can hardly see beyond the first level in the sidebar. It's a guessing game.

    Also having issues with some symbols which appear to contain far more overrides than they actually possess.

    There's a lot of planning & organisation involved in structuring Libraries, which means a lot of renaming & re-structuring. This menu, and the fact that symbol names do not update across documents (why?!) - are the biggest frustrations at present.

    7 points
  • Posted to Seeking beta testers for Milanote, the notes app for creative work., Dec 20, 2016

    Something like this is insanely overdue. Congratulations on your launch Ollie. Brilliantly executed and designed throughout.

    4 points
  • Posted to What is a good workflow for working with a macbook plus a desktop mac ?, Nov 10, 2015

    I've worked with two Macs for several years now. Currently a 13" MBA & a 15" MBP. And, yes, a Thunderbolt display.

    I've tried all sorts of things in the past, syncing everything via Dropbox - sometimes to good effect, other times a disastrous PITA. Often, it's just not worth trying to be so clever.

    You'll need to install your favourite software on both machines - which will take a while. With Adobe CC and the App Store it's easier than it used to be, though.

    If you store your work in Dropbox already, there's no reason (besides a dodgy internet connection) your work should ever be out of date.

    My top tips would be: - Symlink your Desktop folder on both machines to a 'Desktop' folder in Dropbox. - Do the same with your Downloads folder. - Make a few Alias links on your Desktop so you can drop stuff in the right places quickly.

    0 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: What are some quality Newsletters you enjoy receiving?, Sep 04, 2015

    Brand New - Under Consideration

    0 points
  • Posted to Show DN: Post your desktops, Jul 23, 2015

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