Matthew O'Connor

Matthew O'Connor

London Designer at Zego Joined over 4 years ago

  • 5 stories
  • Posted to It’s time we stop unsolicitedly redesigning Spotify - A list of non-profit organizations that could use your design chops instead., Oct 14, 2019

    I think it's simpler for a junior to tackle a Spotify redesign than a Non-profit.

    My thinking is because:

    • They know the tool

    • Everyone knows the tools

    • The feature set is pretty standardised

    • The brand is familiar, fun, and replicable

    • The content (album covers, name, artist, etc. meta data) is all easily obtainable and looks good.

    • They can show off their music taste whilst also designing

    I'm not saying doing a non-profit is not a better us of the time. But redesigning Spotify is a simpler task.

    8 points
  • Posted to DesignerNews is almost dead, in reply to Ken Em , Oct 08, 2019

    I get that spam and blatant self-promotion posts are crap and waste space on this site for decent content.

    But tool updates are important to post because of the discussion it creates.

    Saying that Figma have just mentioned their own Auto Layout features and also new prototyping features and theres barely any mention of it on here.

    0 points
  • Posted to Startup Lingo Bingo — For those eye rolling moments., Oct 03, 2019

    The copy made me eye roll ._.

    0 points
  • Posted to A Designers Review of Vectornator X iPad Pro, Sep 30, 2019

    I've been using Procreate for raster graphics on the iPad, and Adobe Draw for vectors.

    This looks like it might replace Adobe Draw.

    1 point
  • Posted to Auto layout in Figma is coming soon, in reply to Andrew C , Sep 27, 2019

    Would the image try to drop in to each symbol instead of on the art board?

    I think you'll get an indication of where the element you are dropping in will be placed.

    In the video they posted you see a blue bar indicating where the component will sit when you let go.

    0 points
  • Posted to Auto layout in Figma is coming soon, in reply to Andrew C , Sep 27, 2019

    That's not what Paul is talking about.

    In Figma it looks like you can make a button component with just text and a background shape (with padding). Then on the Button instance you can drag in any other component - in this case an icon - and it will understand that the component has padding and put the icon in the correct place.

    So this means you can make a simple button component and make it extendable with any icon on the fly, instead of having a button with an icon in your symbols panel.

    0 points
  • Posted to Auto layout in Figma is coming soon, in reply to Paul Hermann , Sep 25, 2019

    It does look that way.

    It looks like they have taken the same modular approach they did with adding colour styles, or shadow styles independently. So you can keep your master components clean, and just throw in any component inside and it will adhere to the frames padding (kinda like a box model).

    I played around with Sketch's new Auto Layout and whilst it works, you have to choose if you want the Symbol to grow left, right, up or down. Which I think was a mistake. As that means you'll have to make a Symbol for each movement type you want. Again increasing the permutations of symbols you need.

    This looks a lot more feature complete (as long as these all drop day 1).

    1 point
  • Posted to What do designers need?, Sep 19, 2019


    15 points
  • Posted to Office hours with the Head of Design at Palantir and more, in reply to Juozas Deksnys , Sep 12, 2019

    Please, leave you politically biased opinion offline, sir.

    This is only a thing people say when the politics doesn't align with their own

    1 point
  • Posted to Button Contrast Checker, in reply to João Figueiredo , Sep 12, 2019

    Isn't checking for contrast in the browser a little late?

    This fells like it should be done at the design stage.

    0 points
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