George Bartz

UI/UX Designer and Front-End Developer Joined about 8 years ago

  • 6 stories
  • Posted to DesignerNews is almost dead, Oct 09, 2019

    I'll throw my two cents in.

    Between 2016 and 2018 (I know that is fairly late to the game of DN), I was a daily visitor that looked forward to the new, and relevant content. The discussions were insightful and always left me with a new perspective on a given topic. In 2019, all of that slowly faded away and so did a good amount of users.

    Assumption #1

    The top players stopped contributing to the site over a period of time which had a greater effect than could have been expected. I remember seeing stats for reddit that showed a small fraction of redditors generate the majority of the content and discussions that drive engagement.

    Assumption #2

    Moderation/moderators are key to the success of a community. I think DesignerNews got hit by the perfect storm of system changes, a loss of the key contributors to the site, and a lack of proper moderation. This opened the doors for the flood of self-promotion and surface level content that gets old after a month or two.

    Assumption #3

    People have to make money. It's no secret that DN made it's money through the job board. As long as enough people were visiting the site, job board impressions and visits were enough to keep the employers happy. If the revenue stream is happy then DN is successful. If the business model is to keep the job boards full, the content portion of the site will ultimately fail.


    The top contributors matured as designers and found new areas to focus on. I think once you get past a certain level in your career, you care less about the trends and updates that used to inspire you and they are solving bigger, much more specific design problems. Where I am now, I don't necessarily care about the latest trends or the best tool to build a design system. I want to know how you overcame roadblocks to implementing a design system. Those questions aren't answered in "Best Design Systems of 2019." They are answered in deep discussions with experienced designers who want to share their stories and help others.

    How can DN get back to it's roots?

    I'd say go private again, shrink the user base, and get a team of moderators involved to seed discussions. This would push a lot of the self-promo, thoughtless content out, and could bring back designers that bring authentic content to the site. A random AMA and banning Medium articles is a quick win that doesn't have much impact on the culture.

    I really do hope for the best but it's going to take a big change to see a big change.

    Until then, I've gone back to the tried and true RSS feed. I found that it's hard to find a good discussion online so I cut the middle man and curated my feeds directly from the source.

    3 points
  • Posted to Evolving the Firefox Brand , Jul 31, 2018

    I think system 2 is the smarter move. Not that one looks better than the other but system 2 can evolve with future design trends and will be more functional overall. The icons can be flattened out if things need to be simplified or built into 3d objects in the world of VR/AR. I think system 2 is more unique overall. The disconnected lines with the tapered edge will be a nice differentiator while system 1 seems more trendy and current style. Also, the master icon will be a nice evolution from the current Firefox logo which will keep some of that brand history.

    Either way, they both look great!

    0 points
  • Posted to Stellar Base Redesign, Mar 14, 2018

    It's extremely similar to Collaborative Fund but, in my opinion, not as effective. Being a new studio, the site needs more content. Whether that is case studies, talking about process, values, etc to help validate the team/studio. The site clearly states what you do but not the why or how.

    Aside from that, it's a clean layout with nice typography. Being that it's such a type heavy site, you may want to adjust padding/widths or add   for certain blocks to get rid of orphans.

    2 points
  • Posted to Streamline UX Icons, in reply to Adam Fisher-Cox , Jan 25, 2018

    I was wondering the same thing when I saw them. Regardless, it's an amazing set of icons/illustrations.

    0 points
  • Posted to Best ever Graphic Designer job post?, in reply to Jim Silverman , Jan 22, 2018

    There are multiple job listings.

    1 point
  • Posted to Best ever Graphic Designer job post?, in reply to Peter B. , Jan 22, 2018

    It's real! The link to the actual application is in the image description.

    0 points
  • Posted to Can IBM Plex topple Helvetica?, Dec 08, 2017

    I doubt it will topple Helvetica. They are two different typefaces with distinct styles. And as someone else referenced, Helvetica has it's own brand and history that will never be replaced.

    Side note: I'm working on a project and noticed that Plex Sans and Open Sans have similar characteristics. If Open Sans and Ubuntu had a baby it would be Plex Sans.

    1 point
  • Posted to Where did that groovy Dropbox branding go?, Nov 25, 2017

    Saw this commercial this weekend. It was the first time seeing dropbox advertise on TV too.

    1 point
  • Posted to What are your thoughts on Kickstarter's revamp?, Nov 22, 2017

    I don't know where I'm supposed to look. The site has no hierarchy or identity anymore.

    1 point
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