Kyle L

Kyle L

Portland OR Designer, Illustrator Joined over 6 years ago via an invitation from Josh L. Kyle has invited Matthew Spiel

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  • Posted to How do you accept client payments as freelance?, Dec 18, 2017

    Cushion app and Harvest both have a stripe integrations that look interesting:

    https://cushionapp.com/support/stripe

    https://www.getharvest.com/stripe

    0 points
  • Posted to I Love Your Comment, Dec 04, 2017

    When I see sites like this I see jealousy more than anything else. Who is really tired of compliments? Criticism plays a big role in the design process. It helps shape our design. But dribbble is not a platform where people are sharing in-process work.

    Designing and shipping things is hard work. Sometimes after you have labored through hours of design, critiques, and client calls, all you want is a "Congrats!"

    Sites like this are toxic, and full of contempt. Instead of giving a path forward they prevent people from wanting share, engage, or even have a conversation.

    Yes conversation is vital... But hey, "we aren't all tired of this", there is a place for this.

    9 points
  • Posted to Bootstrap Logos, Nov 16, 2017

    I know this project isn't for everyone but I have been designing logos for a long time. Some for fun. Some for projects that were rejected. Why not sell them to people who need a lower budget logo ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    0 points
  • Posted to How do you guys 'Save for Later' the Articles you like?, in reply to Cory Malnarick , Jul 06, 2017

    Comments are difficult to discern tone. This comment sounds condescending, but I am going to believe it is not.

    I don't think I have a habit problem. I like to save articles when I know I don't have time to read them. I found that pocket was overkill for how I was using it. When I discovered Inbox could do the same thing that I was using pocket for I gave it a try. It worked better for me. Now I have one less app and a better solution for my own need. This works for me, but I am not saying it is a better solution for anyone else. I am also not discrediting Pocket in any way, it's a great app and does an amazing job at many things. But I just wanted it for one thing.

    0 points
  • Posted to How do you guys 'Save for Later' the Articles you like?, in reply to Cory Malnarick , Jul 05, 2017

    That's fair. My main need is to surface articles later that I wanted to read. Google Inbox did a better job of this because I am already in it. With Pocket I would just forget about an article and rarely open the app ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    0 points
  • Posted to How do you guys 'Save for Later' the Articles you like?, Jul 05, 2017

    I used Pocket for a long time but once Google Inbox released their save feature I was hooked. Having articles in a folder of my inbox surfaces them for me a lot more then going into another app...

    The downside it giving more info to Google :(

    1 point
  • Posted to Podcast suggestions, in reply to Lucas Espin , Jan 20, 2017

    I agree with this. Once I started listening to Gimlet and NPR produced show I found is super hard to go back to shows with just a couple people talking. They are entertaining and informative.

    0 points
  • Posted to What is your podcast player?, in reply to Marc Edwards , Jan 20, 2017

    I am on Android, haven't found anything that beats Pocket Casts. If I was on IOS I would be on Overcast.

    2 points
  • Posted to Tell me about the design community in Denver vs Portland, in reply to Josh Carr , Jan 12, 2017

    Thanks Guys,

    I really appreciate the time you took for your thoughtful responses. This does give me more to go off of than just being a tourist in the city.

    Thanks!

    0 points
  • Posted to What's it like working for a remote design team? , Dec 16, 2016

    I have been working as a remote employee since 2012, and before that I was an independent freelancer before that.

    There are definitely a lot of pros and cons to consider.

    1. Not all remote teams are built the same. Just like there are different dynamics and cultures for in person jobs the same goes for a remote job.

    Places that have a remote culture or fully distributed team will be much more pleasant to work for. If everyone has to overcome the same communication barriers than your team has a better chance of coming together to set up a process that works for you. If you are one of the only remote teammates than your pain may not be felt across the board. The saying "out of site, out of mind" is very true if your team is in the office and you are not. Important decisions can be made over the "water cooler" or at lunch. When you are on a fully remote team you will feel more involved.

    1. Being intentional about communication and process is a must. For centrally located positions it is a lot easier to get spur of the moment feedback. As a remote employee tools like invision make life so much easier.

    2. Timezones can be a pain. The idea of a digital nomad is great but a lot of remote jobs still require overlap hours. The ability to hop on a call with a teammate to talk through something is huge. Async and threaded communication over slack and project management software is great but sometimes there is no replacement for hopping on a call. The other thing that may present challenges is if you are looking to work weird hours that don't align with the company you may have trouble finding some jobs.

    3. It can get lonely, I realized I didn't like working from home all day. I now go to a coworking space, where my friends work. If you are not introverted this may be a good option for you.

    4. If you are not good at communicating than remote life can be hard.

    5. In person meetups are so helpful. I have worked at places that I never met my coworkers face to face, I have also worked at companies that value retreats and meetups. Having in person interaction with people really helps.

    6. It can be challenging to level up or get promoted in some remote teams...

    All and all freedom and flexibility are awesome. I live in an area where the job market is not good for the kind of work that I want to do so this helps. But being remote is not perfect. I think a lot of people idealize it, there are definite cons and it can be very hard, it is definitely not for everyone. My wife and I are actually planning on moving to an area that there are more in-office jobs. I am happy not but I don't want to be a remote employee forever.

    Best of luck.

    2 points
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