Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas

UX/UI Designer Joined over 4 years ago

  • 10 stories
  • 223 comments
  • 137 upvotes
  • Posted to Don't Kill Yourself Hustling!, Feb 13, 2020

    Oddly hate the term hustle. However, burn out never fun regarding what job you are in. Most of the time the more you work the less you actually do productivity-wise. I can deal with 1-2 weeks of non-stop work, but after that, it's all downhill. One time I lost my cool putting dishes away and kick a metal bowl multiple times in front of my wife. I had multiple panic attacks in the past, or just drank. Exhaustion is never fun and never talk about in person.

    I never understood the bragging rights of saying how much you work. I did that when I was younger. Was I productive? Nope. All I knew was work. I found outlets through running, walking, growing veggies, planning baseball trips. I learned to take longer lunch breaks to take walks to decompress on busy weeks.

    0 points
  • Posted to How to Reduce Sketch File Size, Feb 07, 2020

    My largest sketch file is 266mb, which isn't bad compared to the days of photoshop. I rather learn how to reduce your png export files... I usually have to use a 3rd party tool to compress 80% of the file size.

    0 points
  • Posted to how to introduce yourself as ux designer, in reply to Philip A , Dec 06, 2019

    I learned the same thing over the years. At the end of the day, we are all web designers....

    or maybe I am a User-Centric Rockstar Product Interface Experience Designer and Writer!

    0 points
  • Posted to Does anyone use InVision DSM?, in reply to Lucian .es , Nov 27, 2019

    It's funny they went from the leading prototyping tool to non-existent due to Figma, XD, and Sketch. The last I heard was their tool beta launch to nothing.

    2 points
  • Posted to Don’t hire dribbblish designers, in reply to Matt Rintoul , Nov 14, 2019

    I had one of these "Dribbblers" on my team... I was very sad when he left. I learned a lot from his styling. Sure he struggled with complex designs, but god he can knock out marketing pages/materials out of the park.

    ...If only there was a position or a career that only focused only on design.

    5 points
  • Posted to How do you manage & schedule your own user tests / interviews?, in reply to Rey Alejandro , Oct 21, 2019

    Thanks for the smart tip about putting the calendly link after the survey and asking if they prefer phone or in-person chat. I never thought of giving them an option. We usually do a survey to collect and vet information, then schedule out.

    I just saw that airtable post last week... I was curious to try, but I am like should I introduce yet another tool for my client and team to understand.

    This time the client provided a list of vetted users, which were a mix of people that were aware they were on the list of not. I had to email them to introduce myself, once they approved and then ask about their availability. Seem to take 3-4 emails to get someone booked. 30 users, makes that task hard to follow.... at least for me it is.

    Follow up questions... - Have you run into users' trouble figuring out how to use Calendly? My users can range from 20-70. - is Whimsical sticky like Trello and sketch put together? I just watch their demo. Currently, I am trying to kept track of using Google Sheets. From scheduling to notes.

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  • Posted to How do you manage & schedule your own user tests / interviews?, in reply to Carolann Merchant , Oct 21, 2019

    Thanks for the tip about Calendly! I noted Intercom as well for when we deal with more product-based sites. I thought I was yelling into a void with no one responding.

    Sadly about usertesting.com its perfect for a generic audience. However, my client wants to focus on their current/repeating user base to understand their frustrations. The tricky part is that our user base spans from every region of the United States and internet access not always available.

    0 points
  • Posted to How to choose a font for a project, Oct 21, 2019

    Is there any easy way to compare paid fonts outside of screenshots and tossing them in your design file or mood board?

    0 points
  • Posted to Designing accessible color systems, Oct 17, 2019

    accessible-colors.com is by far my favorite checker. If allows you to adjust for boldness as well offer suggestions.

    0 points
  • Posted to User Persona Examples for SaaS Products, Oct 11, 2019

    I tend to avoid using people's names when building out personas for Saas products. I prefect user roles like Content Editor, Manager, Owner, Admin. It streamlines a lot and removes the confusion. However, you need to use the one mentioned in the article for the front-facing site.

    Although, I still avoid people's names because it always sounds cheesy.

    3 points
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