Sacha Greif

Sacha Greif

Creator at Sidebar Joined about 6 years ago via an invitation from Allan G. Sacha has invited Jeff Escalante, Adam Howell, Moiz Syed, Kevin Suttle, Alex Boerstler and 2 others

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  • Posted to Take the State of CSS 2019 Survey, in reply to Tamas Kertesz , Feb 14, 2019

    Thanks! We use, developed by Raphael (the other member of the StateOfX team).

    0 points
  • Posted to Take the State of CSS 2019 Survey, Feb 14, 2019

    After the success of the State of JavaScript survey (, we've decided to take on the other half of the front-end equation!

    I think this is going to be very interesting, especially with all the new developments in CSS lately…

    3 points
  • Posted to Figma Feedback Design Hangout, Jan 12, 2019

    You might want to post that to the Figma Spectrum as well if you haven't done so already?

    3 points
  • Posted to Designers for Open Source?, in reply to Varun Arora , Jan 09, 2019

    There are a whole lot of things in the world that don't appeal to designers, but that doesn't mean designers can't have a hugely vital role in improving them.

    Yes, because they're paid to care about them, usually as part of large corporations that also pay countless other people to define requirements, manage projects, and write code to turn the designer's vision into reality.

    If you take all that support structure away and tell a designer to spend their free time learning the intricacies of a project they don't use just so they can contribute back to it, I'm not sure how successful you'll be.

    Also I know it comes from a good intention, but there's still something a little arrogant about thinking that just because you have "designer" in your job title, you automatically have the ability to make an existing product better…

    0 points
  • Posted to A space of trust: how great working relationships make for great websites, Jan 08, 2019

    I thought this was an interesting case study, thanks for posting it. It's tough to say if this is a successful design: on one hand the visual design is amazing; on the other hand it's also very generic and doesn't communicate much about the product.

    For example, the symbols for the company's two main products are just purple and green spheres. The illustrations in general also have a lot of random lines and numbers that look great but don't actually communicate any content.

    In my experience this is the kind of result you get when not enough work is put in during the content phase. It shows in the site's copy, which is full of meaningless marketing-speak like "Ringba was designed to push the limits of innovation.". So I would put the blame on the client for not having a clear vision of their message to begin with more than on the designer on this one.

    Sorry if my analysis seems harsh but I think projects like these are a great learning opportunity since they illustrate the fact that design shouldn't just be about visuals.

    EDIT: I should add that it's also possible that the product itself is not very differentiated from the competition and that the company has decided to make visual design their differentiating factor; in which case the designers are doing the best they can to make a lackluster product more appealing, and you can't really blame them for the genericness of the result.

    5 points
  • Posted to Designers for Open Source?, Jan 08, 2019

    Open-source is based on the concept that the users of a project contribute back to it, so projects that don't target or appeal to designers in some way tend to not have great visual design.

    I don't think there's much you can do to change that, and I'm not even sure it's a real problem to be honest.

    1 point
  • Posted to Slimvoice: Insanely simple invoicing., Jan 07, 2019

    Personally I've been using Manta. It's not perfect, but I really like the fact that it's free, open-source, and it's a desktop app.

    1 point
  • Posted to How much does a website cost in 2019?, in reply to Moe Amaya , Jan 05, 2019

    You could do volunteer work for non-profits and then provide an estimate of how much that would've cost for a paying client?

    4 points
  • Posted to How much does a website cost in 2019?, Jan 05, 2019

    In my experience the only way to make this kind of tool actually useful is to also provide actual case studies of real-world sites along with a cost breakdown, so that potential clients can find the closest match to what they have in mind and go from there. But for some reason nobody seems to want to do that…

    5 points
  • Posted to New year, new CSS-Tricks redesign – 2019, Jan 02, 2019

    Apart from the weirdly omnipresent ads I really like it. Not the most readable layout ever, but has a ton of character.

    (But seriously I counted 10 different ads on the homepage, from banner ads to text links to sponsors to job boards… I get that you have to pay your bills, but geez…)

    4 points
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