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matt michelson

matt michelson

designer @ stable/kernel Joined over 3 years ago

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  • Posted to Does anyone else feel guilty for being a product designer?, in reply to John P , Oct 02, 2018

    I'm sorry if I gave the impression that I was trying to make other people feel bad for their achievements. I think the impulse to want to help your community is venerable, and to have these doubts about ethically operating in this economic system is natural and encouraging. I'm not denigrating survival; it's hard enough as it is. But if you have the luxury of time to spend thinking about how you can be helping people, you have the time to help people, even if it's only in small personal ways to start. I'm not suggesting that product design is the way to do this, but rather that product designers tend to have developed a strong sense of empathy, intelligence, and awareness of how systems work that can be used in a lot of ways big and small to enrich our communities and our neighborhoods.

    You likely won't find this sort of satisfaction in your work no matter who you're working for, but that's okay — we get plenty of opportunities to volunteer our time and talent, whether we have the time and resources to do so immediately or need to get situated first.

    3 points
  • Posted to Does anyone else feel guilty for being a product designer?, in reply to John P , Oct 02, 2018

    This is a false choice. You can care about the world, your community, and the people living in it while still making ends meet. The idea that we all must become pure selfish rational actors in order to meekly survive is one of the reasons capital has been able to perpetuate itself and concentrate wealth over generations, by pitting working folks against one another. OP's feelings are legitimate and widely shared by many working in this field, and we'd do better to support and encourage ourselves to do more than settle for meager self-preservation when we're smart, empathetic, and capable of great things.

    2 points
  • Posted to Uber rebrand, Sep 17, 2018

    Would have loved to see something less linear - maybe emphasize the curvature of the U, compositionally, to suggest a change of direction without being quite so brutally straightjacketed and blocky. The humanist vibe of the photography and vector illustration clash with the heavy black box minimalism, but i agree with others here that it's a functional palate cleanser.

    0 points
  • Posted to Disillusioned with lack of user research, in reply to Wouter Ramaker , Aug 06, 2018

    This is very good advice. And OP, don't worry, this is a much more common problem than you may think! Every UX designer I know struggles with the problem of trying to justify their decisions scientifically, when it sometimes feels more like we're field medics than surgeons in an operating theater...

    3 points
  • Posted to Angle 2: a massive Sketch Library of 500 vector devices, in reply to Richard Sison , Feb 27, 2018

    For what it's worth, if that's your concern, this upgrade was only $30 for owners of the previous version. Personally, I've found these really useful!

    0 points
  • Posted to Pantone Color of the Year - Ultra Violet, Dec 13, 2017

    this is legendary, but i was hoping for something more exotic.

    0 points
  • Posted to Dive into the details of iOS 11: Is Apple still detail-oriented?, in reply to John P , Sep 19, 2017

    Most people are happy with IKEA until year 2-3 rolls around and their dresser starts falling apart. But it's maybe telling that the IKEA metaphor is pretty on-point for modern apple hardware, planned obsolescence and two-year replacement cycles and all.

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  • Posted to Riangle - Portfolio, in reply to Ken Em , Aug 03, 2017

    There is a lot of animation for animation's sake and it makes the whole affair feel a bit too try-hard. I second other comments about feeling claustrophobic.

    0 points
  • Posted to Games UX: PUBG, in reply to Tristam Goch , Aug 03, 2017

    wrong

    2 points
  • Posted to How to get a job as a Product Designer, Jul 20, 2017

    I agree that would be useful, but that would also be an entirely different post. I clicked this link expecting to roll my eyes but I actually thought it was a pretty accurate, clear, and useful set of reminders for the next time I refresh my stuff.

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