Matthew O'Connor

Matthew O'Connor

Designer at flypay Joined almost 3 years ago

  • 4 stories
  • Posted to Alternatives to DN, in reply to James Lane , Nov 17, 2017

    No problem, I just saw this post, then her first two replies of "You're toxic" and thought maybe we don't need her. Defo not fair, but it is my (unrefined) opinion.

    I'm not trying to silence OP. I would have never told someone to leave with no reason. I'm just saying that - on a post about leaving for a better less toxic community - OPs want to leave is mutual.

    My opinion on contentious subjects is to leave if you feel offended. Either leave the post, the section, or the website. We are all hear of our own accord; all choosing to read what we are reading and comment what we are commenting.

    9 points
  • Posted to Alternatives to DN, in reply to Jrtorrents Dorman , Nov 17, 2017

    If you stare too long into the abyss the abyss stares back

    2 points
  • Posted to Alternatives to DN, in reply to James Lane , Nov 17, 2017

    Not at all.

    I haven't been on DN for a few days, wake up and see this post full with a vile OP spouting nonsense.

    If anyone says anything against her agenda they are instantly labeled toxic. Exhibit A: Some of her replies have just been a simple "Toxic", which is not very helpful to the conversation.

    Someone asked her for an example, because like me they haven't seen any of this. Not everyone checks DN every day and reads every post/comment. But nope, this is how she replies to a simple request:

    If you can't see, I can't explain. I spent the last decade explaining and educating males on their toxic behavior towards women, and I had it enough.

    Another weird comment:

    Why would anybody be respectful to people who are not showing respect back?

    With this logic if someone is being toxic you can be back. But anyone raised right will always be respectful, not just when someone respects them.

    So yeah I think DN would be better without people who argue like this. But most importantly if you are going to bring facts, and don't drop down to trolls levels. But it looks like she revels in this malarkey.

    This question of hers works anywhere apart from the forum she is on. Imagine walking into your bank and shouting "Anyone know a better bank?", obvs the people in there are not going to like it. If she asked this on twitter she would of had a better response.

    15 points
  • Posted to Alternatives to DN, Nov 17, 2017

    DN will be better once you are gone.

    13 points
  • Posted to Sketch 47 with Libraries —Sync and use Symbols across documents, in reply to Ravi Shanker , Oct 10, 2017

    always wait for the .1 update and the devs of the plugins you use to make their software work again.

    2 points
  • Posted to New Dropbox Brand, in reply to Vasjen Katro , Oct 04, 2017

    The design is not bad. In fact it is quite pretty (apart from the Aston Villa colours at the top).

    I think the key issue is that the tool it self is very utilitarian, which their old branding matched. They were very minimal with some nice drawing to fill in the space.

    Scrolling through the new site you see a cool spherical image that works with these big bold colours and fonts. Then you scroll to their interface and see a clean utilitarian interface and it feels off. It feels like I'm looking at a designer portfolio, showing off the dropbox mockup they made.

    I like branding that evolves more naturally and I believe this feels to forced and a far departure from the great branding work that has been happening over the years.

    1 point
  • Posted to Marvel Handoff, in reply to Murat Mutlu , Sep 19, 2017

    Hey Murat, Saw you had new jobs available at that company that "just copy what others are doing and have no products of their own" :). Any openings for designers coming up?

    p.s. my greatest achievement (outside of the work I have done) as a designer was getting featured on your blog:

    2 points
  • Posted to Introducing Freehand Inside InVision, in reply to Stephen Olmstead , Aug 02, 2017

    hhhnnnggg, I may have to drop all my tools for inVision.

    1 point
  • Posted to Does anyone else feel like mobile apps are too cheap to purchase?, in reply to Cristian Moisei , Jul 27, 2017

    On this iPad I have about 10 installed apps (all productivity and design apps, no games or crap), in folders, all accessible from the dock. Nothing on the main springboard page. This means I can open any of my apps with a swipe up form anywhere. That plus a further view of all open apps with another swipe up - and the old 5 fingers to swipe to the old apps - makes multi tasking much more fluid.

    The finder having an iCloud folder is the beauty for me. As any drawing I do can be saved to iCloud and become easily accessable from my laptops finder. The Adobe apps also have a push to your comp (that even opens closed apps) which is also snappy for handing off between design phases.

    I got into design because I can use a computer and started from the pure aesthetics side. I'm not a fan of paper, which is why I upgraded to a whiteboard desk, but the added need to digitally process that - with photos or redrawing in sketch - was a bit of a bottle neck. I also make a lot of mistakes, which means I have to redraw stuff and waste a lot of paper. That is mitigated with a digital workspace.

    I'm also excited to use this device whilst watching tv to doodle and learn to draw better. And I'm also playing around with building a custom typeface of my own hand writing in Adobe Illustrate. I have a typographic grid as an image layer and above that drawing in my handwriting as vectors.

    This is definitely not a tool for everyone, but it is fitting into my workflow/life simply and increasing my time designing a lot.

    1 point
  • Posted to Does anyone else feel like mobile apps are too cheap to purchase?, in reply to Cristian Moisei , Jul 27, 2017

    I would never spend that amount either. It was a work expense.

    I noticed my weakest part of my skills are the early design phases and with that I decided I needed to change things. This lined up with the iPad finally having a decent OS. Pre iOS 11 iPads were a large phone, but the future is finally looking more pro oriented. With an iPad specific doc, better multitasking, decent copy/paste support and finally a f'ing file manager!

    You could really tell in the last WWDC that Apple were sorry that they have been forgetting about the pro users.

    1 point
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