Allan White

Senior UX Designer Joined about 4 years ago

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  • Posted to AMA: Christopher Downer, Designer at Sketch, in reply to Christopher Downer , Oct 16, 2015

    I'm pretty sure the iWork apps have been following this same trend (from packages to binaries). Just the problems caused by email apps & web servers seeing a folder instead of a file have been sufficient to drive developers away from it.

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  • Posted to AMA: Christopher Downer, Designer at Sketch, in reply to Christopher Downer , Oct 16, 2015

    The hard way is the only way to true learning, right? Thanks for listening - I'm sure what you guys come up with will be amazing.

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  • Posted to AMA: Christopher Downer, Designer at Sketch, in reply to Christopher Downer , Oct 14, 2015

    See my question above as it relates to Symbol management. Flash (I know, haters) really did have the symbols concept done well. Just being able to transform a bunch of instances (scaling, opacity, even color) without disturbing the parent was magic.

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  • Posted to AMA: Christopher Downer, Designer at Sketch, in reply to Christopher Downer , Oct 14, 2015

    It would be really interesting (though may be technically impossible, as I think sketch files are binaries) to imagine a sketch file format that was a package, with internal files that could be managed by something like Git. Even if a package format was possible, not sure if you'd get anything like object-level management. A very knotty challenge.

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  • Posted to AMA: Christopher Downer, Designer at Sketch, in reply to florian fangohr , Oct 14, 2015

    Barring more modular style management, being able to globally find-and-replace attributes like style and color (like Fireworks had 15 years ago, which amazes me) would be really useful.

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  • Posted to AMA: Christopher Downer, Designer at Sketch, Oct 14, 2015

    Greetings Christopher, thanks for taking time to talk with the Sketch community. I've been using it off and on for about a year, and our UX team has just jumped on board.

    First, let me say that building software is hard, hard work. You guys have a built an amazing tool that has made a dent in the universe. So thank you!

    One main area I've been scratching my head about is the way object & text styles and symbols are managed. In many other apps (such as Adobe's and Apple's apps like Keynote/Pages), when you change an instance of something that's styled, it doesn't automatically update all the other items with that style; there's a "redefine/update style" step that the user initiates before cascading those style changes outward.

    Our team has been quite frustrated by this behavior - resizing something by a tiny bit will cause cascading changes, and this is contrary to the way styles are handled in most other design apps. The symbols concept suffers here too, coming (in name at least) from Flash/Illustrator, but behaving differently than expected.

    My question (not just to vent! =) is about the rationale around how styles should work. Is it by design, or is it the result of limitations (like time, or Obj-C or a framework)? Are we alone in this point of view? Do you have something better planned?

    Thanks again for the time, and best wishes for the future of BC. We're rooting for Sketch!

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