Grant Gold

Grant Gold

Graphics Editer, The New York Times Joined over 7 years ago via an invitation from Jordan B.

  • 26 stories
  • Posted to Jay Z's Tidal rips off Spotify UI, in reply to Tom Wood , Apr 01, 2015

    About a year and a half ago Spotify released an iOS app that basically "ripped off" the app we designed at rdio a year and a half before that. At first I felt sad when I saw the Spotify app, sad that people just copied and didn't try to find their own new way... But it doesn't matter. I'm sure many designers would argue against this, but your UI is not your product, it's the product of millions of decisions made by millions of people over the past 20+ years.

    So what if it looks the same... they all look the same, every designer is just an assembler of ideas they've seen in the past. Their ego can get in the way sometimes and make them think they made something up from nothing, but they didn't.. they just found an interesting combination, and I guarantee someone out there looks at their design and says "that's a rip-off of ____ that I designed years ago."

    There are no "rip-offs" in design. None of us invented this stuff.. we are ALL ripping it off.

    6 points
  • Posted to We've launched Cooking on iPad from The New York Times, Sep 17, 2014

    Sadly we're not U2, so you'll need to download it yourself.

    1 point
  • Posted to Ask DN: Should iOS app designers learn Swift and the Xcode in general?, in reply to Jeff Smith , Jul 26, 2014

    Very little. From what I know about Swift so far with reference to developing iOS apps is that it still requires understanding the underlying frameworks that are all written in objective-c because it will be quite some time before everything is ported over... it also seems very easy to learn and I don't think it will take much time to get into the new syntax.

    1 point
  • Posted to Ask DN: Should iOS app designers learn Swift and the Xcode in general?, Jul 25, 2014

    This year I finally made the resolution to learn a programming language… I've never coded before and started with Objective-C and Xcode since it fits most specifically to my current profession.

    It has been very difficult, but an amazing learning experience and I would highly recommend it to any experienced mobile designer.

    2 points
  • Posted to Results: DN Survey of Design Salaries 2014, Jul 24, 2014

    *Also keep in mind that the largest group of members of the AIGA are students and recent grads.

    8 points
  • Posted to Spotify Redesign, in reply to Henri Liriani , Apr 02, 2014

    After spending a solid year designing the overhauled rdio iOS app and trying to find new and inventive ways to make music apps new and exciting, it was very sad to come to the realization that other companies can just copy it (albeit, quite poorly).

    7 points
  • Posted to Beats Music launches, Jan 21, 2014

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  • Posted to Site Design: Mohawk Paper, Aug 16, 2013

    Startup website sample #1 No one is doing anything new.

    0 points
  • Posted to How many of you do some to a lot of work in mobile design specifically?, Jul 23, 2013

    Exclusively mobile product.

    0 points
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