Tim Silva

Tim Silva

San Francisco [timsilva.com] Designer @ Encide/Oath Joined almost 4 years ago

  • 6 stories
  • 65 comments
  • 170 upvotes
  • Posted to The Role of Prototyping in Design, Apr 09, 2019

    As a proponent of prototyping myself, I really appreciate this attempt to add structure to the practice. Can't agree more that it has to be okay to write code that won't be used in production, as this process is totally separate. Pure gold: “If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a prototype is worth 1,000 meetings.”

    1 point
  • Posted to The future of digital archiving, in reply to George Brown , Feb 21, 2019

    Was wondering the same. I currently use Google File Stream to stream my data archive natively within Finder. Really curious if there are some groundbreaking improvements, I will definitely keep an eye on this.

    1 point
  • Posted to Does vertical rhythm actually make text more legible? Has it been proven?, in reply to Eliot Slevin , Oct 19, 2018

    Classic haha. I ran some calculations and confirmed that .512367 = likes on Instagram + Dribbble, and upvotes on DN!

    I grew up watching the "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!" series. If you've never seen or heard of it before, you maybe enjoy it. ;) They poke fun at this stuff constantly and underscored the importance of having a skeptical mind.

    0 points
  • Posted to Does vertical rhythm actually make text more legible? Has it been proven?, in reply to Gavin McFarland , Oct 19, 2018

    Haha, I haven't thought about the golden ratio for years. Something about it always seemed off to me. In retrospect, it's clearly an extraordinary claim and after digging around for about 10 minutes, I can't seem to find an extraordinary evidence that it makes a measurable difference... Anyways, I've gotta run! I'm late for my astrology and palm reading session.

    4 points
  • Posted to Paul Macgregor - Works, in reply to Paul Macgregor , Oct 13, 2018

    Pardon my bluntness and overuse of exclamation marks, I just liked what I saw and wanted to see more and was frustrated with how hard it was for me to browse. I hope there's something of value you can extract from my reaction/feedback. The work itself is really top notch, I just want to be able to get around it without thinking too hard. Its accidentally a little bit too much like a puzzle.

    After another visit, I realized that the list of portfolio items is a barreling list. I didn't catch that before. While its cool that you got that to work, I think the list is short enough to where you don't need it to repeat.

    0 points
  • Posted to Student Portfolio Critique, Oct 13, 2018

    On the desktop, I'm really digging those hover effects on the portfolio items. So smooth. The actual deep-dives and case studies are so thoughtful and complete. I know how long it can take to gather, fix up, and add notes to all of those assets. The actual quality of the work you've done is overwhelming, you should have no problem getting your foot in the door for interviews with this strong of a portfolio and a engaging about page.

    I will say that the right-floating burger menu is something I've never seen before. The animations are functionality are all well executed, but because of the unconventional location, it almost looks like a glitch to me, I was hesitant to click it. When scaled down to the responsive size, you still have "ethan", "menu", and "about" as links. Why not just have "menu" only since the other two links are already in the dark modal that pops up? Just a thought.

    0 points
  • Posted to Paul Macgregor - Works, Oct 13, 2018

    Nice domain. The navigation is massively confusing though! The Works page and the About page are totally different. About offers a traditional scrolling experience, while the Works page I have been unable to figure out after 5 minutes of experimenting. SO confusing! So you hover over the titles in the list (which you cannot scroll through), and a preview image appears. I still cannot figure out how to scroll the works list, I thought that clicking might work, and it sort of does because it will animate to that list item, but once the animation finishes, it goes back to what I thought was the home screen. Seriously, once I clicked on a few of them, I thought that I had returned to the home screen! After 4 or 5 clicks, I realized that the detailed portfolio pages look exactly like the home page, but you have to scroll first to be able to see the work. This makes the user have to pay really close attention to just navigate through the site, not good. Not to mention, users don't have a clear way of viewing the entire list.

    2 points
  • Posted to Uber’s Undoing Part I: Whipping Boy, in reply to Jim Silverman , Oct 11, 2018

    LOL, its just like when everyone clearly misunderstood the good old "the best interface is no interface" saying.

    2 points
  • Posted to Need some advice, starting a new stage in my life. , in reply to Jamie Lovelace , Aug 31, 2018

    If you decide to go this route, I will vouch for codecademy. I learned JavaScript back in 2012, and that changed everything for me. Coding seems to not be for everyone, but if you give it a try and enjoy it, you'll be okay. If not, the other advice here about using other tools or specializing in UX/IU seems reasonable.

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