Sarah Groff-Palermo

Sarah Groff-Palermo

Data + Design Joined over 8 years ago via an invitation from Allan G. Sarah has invited Leslie Tom, S C, Brenda Jin, Andrew Natt, Jack Lawson and 1 other

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  • Posted to, in reply to Jim Silverman , Nov 20, 2013

    This is what happens when you find out about the .gy domain at the bar.

    1 point
  • Posted to, Nov 20, 2013

    Using wordnik to make metaphors more fun.

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  • Posted to Debate: Are Hollow Icons Harder to Understand?, Oct 04, 2013

    I thought no, but then I did the poll, and like nearly everyone else, found the solid easier except in the case of the chat bubble. Surprising.

    I suspect it has something to do with the total number of lines, since all the others already had cutouts, etc.

    1 point
  • Posted to ASK DN: those of you using Bootstrap, why do you do it?, in reply to Matthew R. Miller , Aug 28, 2013

    I'm pretty sure you can just output the components/markup you need, though?

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  • Posted to ASK DN: those of you using Bootstrap, why do you do it?, Aug 27, 2013

    Basic grid already created; basic responsive features; you can use as little or as much as is useful. Why not?

    4 points
  • Posted to Designers: Magic mouse or magic trackpad?, May 28, 2013

    Wacom++ + magic trackpad for when I want the gestures (web browsing mostly)

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  • Posted to Show DN: Readr, a free Tumblr theme, Apr 25, 2013

    It looks nice, but I think the implementation of the bulleted lists could be improved a bit. Logically, it doesn't make much sense for the bullets to sit outside the content area (as defined by the primary text).

    But overall, very nice!

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  • Posted to Feature Requests: Let's talk about Designer News., Mar 09, 2013

    Next / previous page mapped to the arrow keys. Best thing Tumblr ever invented and now I miss it everywhere else.

    1 point
  • Posted to Avoid the Pains of Pagination, Feb 22, 2013

    This is a really well-thought-out article. I appreciate that rather than positing an single answer for every situation, it makes a number of suggestions.

    My fave is arrow pagination. After a good Timblr binge, I am always sad when then arrows don't work elsewhere. Arrow pagination forever!

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Significance of design education?, Feb 20, 2013

    Great question.

    My degree is in literary and critical theory, and originally I was going to grow up to be a writer and work in publishing. Now I am the head of user experience for a small company, which means I do a lot of the graphic design too.

    I have fallen into this job by job and step by step. When I was the managing editor of a small press, I needed to be able to work with our Quark files, then I started laying out books with the help of our designer, just for speed. When I left publishing to be an advertising pm, I learned what UX was and thought "I can do that" and had a boss who was awesome enough to let me try and coworkers who were willing to help.

    I went to a bigger agency and learned more. I wound up at a design studio full of trained designers and learned even more. Each step I was expected to make higher fidelity wireframes, till by the end I was creating designs within a pre-established system. This was helpful because it meant I had to replicate good design and extend it, but I had a framework. That combined with very high expectations meant I spent about 18 months freaking out and working hard and finally now I know enough about design to do a good job.

    That said I do feel always a little behind my colleagues in design understanding. I would never be right for a job that didn't draw on my strengths in UX. I spend a lot of my free time shoring up my design knowledge with books and personal projects and sometimes continuing ed classes. I can see the value in the education and confidence & knowledge it engenders.

    I'm not necessarily sorry about my winding path because I have had a chance to do a lot of fun things and learn a ton (and that gives me some confidence of a different sort — I know I can always "figure it out"), but if someone knows they want to be a designer and they have the opportunity to go to design school, they should.

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