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Wesley Lauka

Wesley Lauka

UX Designer at Amazon Joined over 4 years ago via an invitation from Kelly S. Wesley has invited Phillip Tularak, Adam Ferch

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  • Posted to How to Share a Design System in Sketch , Nov 11, 2016

    Are there any self-hosted solutions doing similar things to what Brand.ai is accomplishing?

    The inability to sync symbols between files is definitly one of the hardest parts about collaborating with sketch.

    0 points
  • Posted to What are designers using to create prototype animations for iOS?, in reply to Phil Rau , Feb 18, 2015

    Hype is fantastic. I don't know why it doesn't get as much attention as some of the others.

    Having timeline based capabilities ( especially at the property level like AE) is a life saver for moving fast. You can still write as much javascript as you want and hook it into hype. I feel like it's a great medium between something like After Effects and Framer.js, lets you move back and forth on the spectrum during the prototyping exercise.

    other great things about Hype:

    • will watch assets and update them if you change it externally

    • easy to embed in other html/css/js projects

    • scene/page transitions are cake, super helpful for doing mobile flows

    • in the end, you can "innerHTML" any object from inside Hype.

    2 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: Where's your go to place for published research?, Aug 04, 2014

    Having a subscription to ACM's Digital Library is usually a great resource. You'll be searching papers from all the big conferences at that point: CHI, CSCW, SIGGRAPH, along with plenty of good journals.

    Thats usually where I start, and then the normal research paper dance of following up on authors.

    3 points
  • Posted to My holiday gift wishlist, in reply to S . , Dec 03, 2013

    this is great! thanks for sharing. Some good treasures in there. The Palette series looks awesome.

    1 point
  • Posted to Ask DN: Looking for some recommendations on books that have inspired you recently, Nov 23, 2013

    Ambient Commons

    by Malcolm McCullough

    Recently being back in the spring, but I do keep coming back to passages. Definitely on the academic side, but a great read on the 'architectures of attention'. If you have any interest in embodied/situated cognition or how we should be harnessing the context of the environment in design, it is an engaging reflection on the subject. Plus, McCullough, as always, is a great writer.

    Thinking Fast and Slow

    by Daniel Kahneman

    Still the best book of the year. If you haven't read it do so now. All about what really goes into decision making, risk assessment, value biases, etc from the nobel prize winner who did the actual research. Given the subject matter, Incredibly easy to read too.

    4 points
  • Posted to The True Nature of Introverts, Apr 04, 2013

    +1 to Susan Cain's book ( Quiet ). It is excellent. Worth a read for anyone, whether they consider themselves introverted or not. She does a great job not only of presenting the research through stories, but also diving into practical areas where the misaligned ideals are really causing problems, such as education.

    0 points
  • Posted to ASK DN: What are the best pens for sketching?, Mar 25, 2013

    Sticking with gel pen, the Uniball Signo line is great too, very similar to the Hi-Tec-C. 0.28 can be scratchy, but 0.38 is great, nice roll on all kinds of paper. http://www.jetpens.com/Uni-ball-Signo-UM-151-Gel-Ink-Pen-0.38-mm-Black/pd/306

    As for ballpoint. OHTO makes some nice pens. The needle-point on jetpens writes almost like a velvety pencil. And, the size makes it super easy to carry everywhere. http://www.jetpens.com/Ohto-Needle-Point-Slim-Line-03-Ballpoint-Pen-0.3-mm-Black-Body/pd/6728

    Then to round it off, you always need a good fineliner! http://www.jetpens.com/Uni-Pin-Pen-01-Pigment-Ink-0.28-mm-Black-Ink/pd/7281

    this is going to evolve into everyone's favorite items on jetpens isn't it?

    2 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: What tools do you use daily to improve workflow?, Mar 03, 2013

    A few color pickers have been posted already, but I switched to Frank DeLoupe ( http://jumpzero.com/frank/ ) recently, and have not been happier. Simple and straight forward, great "loupe" overlay, nice history and color modes, and can jump right into photoshop or to the clipboard. The color preview in the eyedropper on the menu bar is the perfect little touch too.

    0 points
  • Posted to World IA Day Ann Arbor 2013 - The Morning Sessions , Feb 09, 2013

    Youtube live stream from the 4 amazing talk this morning at World IA Day. Some very relevant and thought provoking ideas for design of anykind. Peter Morvile on the Architecture of Information, Andrew Hintion on Context Design, Daniel Eizans on Designing with Distributed Content, and a lesson from ProQuest on Design Collaborating with Digital Analytics.

    0 points
  • Posted to What the best CSS Grid today?, in reply to Jeff Escalante , Jan 29, 2013

    http://semantic.gs/ is great if you're using a preprocessor. I have not seen another that is as small, simple, and straightforward. Also, very easy to adapt.

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