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Thomas Michael Semmler

Thomas Michael Semmler

Vienna, Austria UI Engineer. I'm a bit mean sometimes Joined about 3 years ago

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  • Posted to How do I find design jobs with positive, social impact?, in reply to jj moi , Nov 06, 2018

    I think this is probably the actual only thing you can do, with potential positive impact.

    2 points
  • Posted to Design Portfolio Bingo, Oct 29, 2018

    It's funny because it's true

    0 points
  • Posted to ATTN MODS: What is being done to stop the flood of sports spam currently underway on DN?, Oct 08, 2018

    Well, I agree with you. And I also agree with you realising that this site is only here for generating traffic. Designers are, absurdly enough, very easy to target and to harvest.

    4 points
  • Posted to Does anyone else feel guilty for being a product designer?, Oct 02, 2018

    ...making the rich richer and not actually improving the lives of others

    You are and everyone is. This is not exclusive to working in tech or design. It is how capitalism works. Unless you get paid in direct relation to what you have provided in value for the company, you will always just make the rich richer.

    Also understand, that this "I want a work to improve the lives of others" is also a narrative that you have absorbed. In our grid of values it may align as a more noble goal, but the actual truth of it all is that whatever you do will rely on the exploitation of other beings and you are also being exploited.

    This sounds very grim, but try not to attach any value to what I am saying. I teach meditation and mindfulness and one very helpful thing you learn is to detach your ego from the narratives you tell yourself, the mind-chatter that is almost like white noise in your mind. You might not even consciously realise that you are doing that, but we all do.

    If you want to live a good life you learn to detach from values that you have absorbed from other people and you find your own values. You become egoistic, meaning you ask how you personally feel about this / think about something first - you think about yourself first and then you decide how you act. The world would be a better place if we would truly start to think about ourselves first, because nobody is truly doing it. Putting yourself first means understanding what you are thinking and acknowledging all parts of yourself.

    You can only share what you have cultivated. If you can't love yourself, you cannot love somebody else. If you want to improve the lives of others, you have to improve your own life first. You cannot give what you don't have.

    You can start working at a company with different values but ultimately, those companies were also just made to make one person or a small group of people richer. Those might not be bad people just because they want to be rich. Realise that money is also aligned in your value system somewhere. What does it really matter, if you make other people rich? It does not add or remove something from your life, yet there is a part in your mind that tells you that it is bad - and this part is coming from the outside not from your inside.

    As designers we are somewhat paid to mainfest human approval in something mostly visual - either approval from the people we design something for, or the people who pay us to design something. But all of this is related to finding out what will be liked what will be approved. So we are already equipped with a mind that is primed for absorbing narratives. You need to detach from that, otherwise your life will be always be directed by others.

    28 points
  • Posted to ColorPick web tool to customize colors, in reply to Kamushken Roman , Oct 01, 2018

    Can you explain why you think this is needed? It is a tool to "create a color palette", yet you think it should provide an already created color palette? Seems a bit odd.

    1 point
  • Posted to Is it just me, or the dark theme on Mojave really sucks?, Oct 01, 2018

    it looks like any lazy interface from the early 2010's.

    I don't know why they had to add those hard lights and borders, there is really no reason for that in my opinion. I don't have issues with other apps not considering the dark mode - I am used to basically the opposite, where as I use dark mode anywhere I can but the OS has no dark mode. What truly bothers me is that it looks just so damn ugly and old, and inconsistent as well. Some party are supposed to look 3-dimensional, whereas others are just plain flat.

    0 points
  • Posted to Have you upgraded to macOS Mojave?, Sep 26, 2018

    the dark mode is a bit strange - it has those dark borders and light inset box shadows that makes it look like it's from 2009.

    0 points
  • Posted to Random agency website generator, Sep 26, 2018

    where is the lie?

    1 point
  • Posted to Denys Loveiko Portfolio, Sep 21, 2018

    Apparently I am getting to that age where motion like this makes me nauseous.

    -2 points
  • Posted to Stop Using Select Menus For Known User Input, Sep 21, 2018

    This is a complex matter and it is not just solved be "just use an autocomplete text input".

    Many things can go wrong with this:

    • the list of options is not very small, you force the user to go from a "selecting / taping" action to a "keyboard input" action.
    • the person is forced into your phrasing or understanding of concepts. If your label doesn't describe the invisible list of contents accurately and appropriately enough, your users might search for something that they can never find
    • the person might have troubles typing but might be fine just taping a few options
    • selects input-types are treated differently by the OS. Whereas there is no native autocomplete that behaves consistently throughout OS' or that we as developers have enough control over.

    This post highlights more a different thing you should not do - assume users share the same mental model for something.

    If this form's users are not just Americans, but say, europeans, and there is a state field, then that might mean different things to different people. To people from India, it might mean "state", to people from Germany it might mean their country, because that is the word that is being used to refer to it - but in actuality, you wanted their province. That problem would have ben solved easily with a select, that prompts the user whatever is available and lets them know what kind of state you want from them.


    TLDR: There is a place for selects and a place for autocompleted text inputs, neither are bad or good, they are contextually appropriate and effective, or not. But one does not replace the other in general, not even in most cases. It's bad to think of a possible solution as in general better then the other one.

    2 points
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