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Mississauga (near Toronto) Creative Director at www.veriday.com Joined over 6 years ago via an invitation from Hunter O.
so much love for all you do Norm. it's installed, and working great!
with any new software, especially when it's a design app like these, there's always going to be a period of time where you HAVE to unlearn a few things from your previous 'software of choice'.
for me, it was photoshop.
the process didn't take long at all for me. Within a few days of tinkering on Figma, i pretty much abandoned photoshop for everything but what it was originally intended..photo manipulation. All design work from that point on I did in Figma.
I'm not saying your experience will be similar to mine. All I can say is that for my purposes (web design, app design, portal design, web-apps etc) it's been a dream come true. Our main issues prior to Figma was distributed dev teams, and how to support them (design-wise) in the best way. Figma solved that instantly with being able to quickly create, share the link, and work directly with a distant dev team (well...not that distant...my buddies were on the other side of the city at a client, and it saved me from dragging my ass all the way over there every day)
when i designed things in photoshop, i was essentially sending them a 'picture' of what i wanted. not the real thing. now with Figma, i can share the link, and they can click on the component, see the markup, CSS or whatever, and instantly use it.
beats the hell out of any other program in that regard.
anyhow, 'your mileage may vary' as they say... I'll admit to being a HUGE figma fan-boy, but i totally get where you're coming from. I resisted Sketch for a LONG time...to the point where when i was 'thinking' about it, it just seemed to steep a hill to climb... all the plugins, all the new commands...yechhhh... i felt that the world had kind of passed my by... and that my over-reliance on photoshop had kind of fenced me in to becoming obsolete. I'd noticed that new UI kits and cool new photoshop plugins had essentially died out... no one was producing much of that any more...
then, a few years ago now, i stumbled on Figma...and it was like (to me) discovering design all over again.
without a doubt the best one I've come across as well. I find it a bit pricey, but there's really nothing else that comes close to this one.
:) you wouldn't believe the grin on my face right now... so happy to be remembered :)
I'm doing just great!
My wife and I (when we met, we'd only been married a year or two) just celebrated our 20th-anniversary last week. My kids are both teenagers now.
I'm with quite a few of the same people I was working with back when we meet at AIGA, doing software design and consulting... the work has been very rewarding, as I've gotten to learn UI/UX over the years, and am able to balance both the Creative Director work (marketing, brand etc) of the company, along with doing some UI/UX work on our product line which has been a tremendous amount of fun.
How about yourself? How's the family?
damn...did i miss you?
no new question here anyhow, just wanted to say thanks for all you've done for the past 2 decades or more now... can't even begin to tell you how much it's all appreciated :)
I had the opportunity to meet you WAY back when, at AIGA in Miami, at the Eden Roc... I think we spoke a few times, and I was the one that spotted you that first night as you were checking in... i confess, as a design geek, the main reason I even went to that event was to get chance to chat with you and see your presentation...
and damn..I still tell people about it to this day.
as i recall, there was some kind of technical glitch, and things weren't working right, so you just started talking to us.... i think it opened up with 'so i was out scoring some crack, and left my baby in the back of the car...and the car was stolen..'
DAMN.... did that ever get everyone's attention.
it was an excellent introduction into the idea of having your website tell a proper story...and it definitely made a huge impression.
anyhow, once again...thanks for everything Jeffery. From the first moment I saw 'steal these icons' and the ad graveyard, i've been a huge fan :)
it's possible the way it formatted kinda ruined the experience ;)
but I stand by the post ... it's Monty Python for goodness sakes :)
a great little sketch inside the movie 'Life of Brian'. just shows how funny it is when there are splits and factions within a community and how easy it is to 'turn' on each other lol... figma vs sketch vs this vs that ... etc etc...
really? an article from the conservative daily news? I've never quite thought of a place like that being a hotbed for insightful design-related information ...
just signed up for the email course :)
lol, you're free to use whatever floats yer boat dude :) I prefer figma, but that just cuz it meshes perfectly with our workflow here... but if Sketch is your thing, go nuts :)
but seriously...fuck those XD guys ;)
it all just reminds me of 'the peoples front of judea'
REG: Listen. The only people we hate more than the Romans are the fucking Judean People's Front. P.F.J.: Yeah... JUDITH: Splitters. P.F.J.: Splitters... FRANCIS: And the Judean Popular People's Front. P.F.J.: Yeah. Oh, yeah. Splitters. Splitters... LORETTA: And the People's Front of Judea. P.F.J.:Yeah. Splitters. Splitters... REG: What? LORETTA: The People's Front of Judea. Splitters. REG: We're the People's Front of Judea! LORETTA: Oh. I thought we were the Popular Front. REG: People's Front! C-huh. FRANCIS: Whatever happened to the Popular Front, Reg? REG: He's over there. P.F.J.: Splitter!
for the uninitiated ;) https://youtu.be/WboggjN_G-4
some years ago, i felt the same way about photoshop compared to Sketch. Why go with Sketch when I've been working with adobe stuff for 20+ years?
suddenly Sketch took off, and i stubbornly stuck with photoshop...
I can remember a point when i started thinking... have i gotten old? am i still relevant? everyone seems to have moved over to Sketch while I'm still using this old photoshop... shit, folks stopped making plugins and stuff for it! all the new plugins and addons were going with Sketch.... THAT was the moment i knew i'd let things go to far...
but by then i felt that it was too big a mountain to climb?...how can i get started NOW in Sketch?...it's all getting too complicated...
not long after that I tried Figma, and it felt like a new lease on life for an old designer :) it's been a few years now, and I still can't believe how incredible a program Figma is... although I've learned my lesson, and am always keeping my eyes open for new apps as well :)
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