Matthew Blode

Matthew Blode

Designer & Front-end Developer Joined over 4 years ago

  • 45 stories
  • Posted to Portfolio Update, Jul 08, 2019

    Ha. Ha.

    3 points
  • Posted to Hacker News client inspired by Designer News, in reply to Ömer Akyürek , Jun 08, 2019

    Left aligned like the YouTube layout 5 years ago? Or left aligned compared to a second column?

    0 points
  • Posted to Hacker News client inspired by Designer News, in reply to Andrew C , Jun 08, 2019

    I tweaked it a bit last night to have a relatively higher density. Hacker News has an incredibly dense layout with 9px fonts, tiny touch targets (none worse than the comment up vote arrow on DN), and long stretches of text.

    I've been using HN for a few years now and the density also causes me to skim and miss a lot of interesting stories. Having a breathable post that is more akin to product hunt, Facebook, or Reddit has helped me to explore more content. This is my experience while I have been using it for the past couple weeks.

    0 points
  • Posted to Why do you think this community has died?, in reply to Steven Cavins , May 23, 2019

    Nice work!

    1 point
  • Posted to Using a static site generator at scale, Apr 06, 2019

    Jekyll is pretty great but if there are a ton of articles or posts, Hugo ( is much more performant than Jekyll which uses Ruby instead of Go.

    Alternatively, you should definitely look into Craft CMS ( which is incredible for managing content and is extremely flexible. I've helped to build Craft sites that were deployed to 1 million unique users per month with 100s of pages of content. It is a far better developer and authoring experience than Wordpress.

    Static site generators are great and lightning fast, however, the author needs to have some knowledge with markdown or coding to deploy content and it can be a slower, less flexible setup than using a CMS.

    2 points
  • Posted to Affinity Publisher Beta download, Aug 30, 2018

    The Great War between Adobe and Affinity reigns on and I’m actually so excited! I’ve been waiting patiently since late 2015 for Publisher. We can only hope this software is good enough so that we never have to use that terrible terrible, horrible, no good, very bad InDesign again. God I hope competition will help that product improve its user experience. (But I doubt it)!

    1 point
  • Posted to How do you feel about the Designer News search experience?, Aug 02, 2018

    I really wish there was a way to do a "Posts from:"

    • All Time
    • Past Year
    • Past Month
    • Past Week
    • Past Day
    • Past Hour

    And a "Sort by:"

    • Relevance
    • Top
    • New
    • Comments
    14 points
  • Posted to Do you use website builders for your porfilio?, Jul 11, 2018

    I use Sketch App, VSCode, and Craft CMS. But I recommend using Webflow for designers wanting to build an entirely custom website without the need to learn how to code.

    0 points
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