Sacha Greif

Sacha Greif

Creator at Sidebar Joined over 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 Ongoing debate over new Figma UI, in reply to Zsolt Kacso , Apr 09, 2019

    I would say the more familiar you are, the better it will work for you. So it's a spectrum going from designers working at Figma who are 100% familiar with the product and can manage fine with no borders whatsoever, all the way down to new users who have never opened a graphics app in their lives.

    I'd say most of us fall somewhere along that spectrum, but personally even as a regular Figma user I much prefer the old UI.

    3 points
  • Posted to Ongoing debate over new Figma UI, Apr 09, 2019

    If they've done testing then I trust them, but I personally think it's a step back in terms of usability and discoverability.

    I also think there's a real bias among designers once we get familiar with a UI, where removing stuff always looks "better" to us because we only see the visual improvements without perceiving the decrease in usability for users not as familiar with the product as we are.

    It's also the reason why so many logo redesign consist of taking a well-known mark and simplifying it or removing part of it. It seems like a natural evolution towards more "elegant" design, but at the same time slowly chips away at what made the mark successful in the first place…

    12 points
  • Posted to Stop dwelling on being design-led: Focus on the user, Mar 23, 2019

    "Stop doing meaningless platitude #1. Instead, do meaningless platitude #2"

    14 points
  • Posted to The Dribbble Experiment, Feb 27, 2019

    Great article! I learned a lot :)

    0 points
  • Posted to Nicky is an engineer, designer and developer based in New York., Feb 23, 2019

    OK now that's brutalism!

    13 points
  • Posted to So you say you want some brutalism?, in reply to Andrew Richardson , Feb 23, 2019

    "Usability" is relative. A ladder is less "usable" than an elevator, but they have different purposes and use cases.

    I think your critique is totally valid (and I'm not saying that's what you're doing), but I also want to push back against usability as a hammer to beat down any new or weird idea that doesn't conform to established patterns or expectations.

    19 points
  • 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…

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