Adam Hopwood

Designer Joined about 1 year ago

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  • Posted to How do you handoff your animation to developers? , Nov 08, 2016

    Haven't used it in a commercial context but Flinto has built in animation curve presents (RK4 & UIKit) which are more easily translatable into code.

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  • Posted to How do you improve as a designer?, Nov 07, 2016

    My development so far has been fueled by trial and error and learning from my mistakes

    For me learning through trial and error - getting things wrong - is massively valuable. So many people learn how to do things from others but don't know why they do it or why it's an important part of a design process.

    Find a way to do this in a safe space (admittedly hard for a freelancer!).

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  • Posted to Designing Bonfire, in reply to Dan Strogiy , Oct 28, 2016

    Brilliant work Dan! Sometimes having a sole designer working on a product has it's benefits and it's clearly paid off here. Really consistent, fresh approach throughout.

    I've seen quite a few processes like this revealed lately (very similar to my own!). It's almost like there's a set industry process starting to emerge...

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  • Posted to AMA: Ryan Lucas, Subform, Oct 26, 2016

    Hi Ryan,

    I'm really interested in Subform, I totally get what you're trying to do and see the need for it. We need tools which treat interfaces as living movable, ever changing things rather than static images.

    I like how you've tried to take inspiration from other disciplines (industrial design, architecture ect.) who have been dealing with some of the problems we face in digital product design today for decades.

    What other techniques or processes, apart from tools, do you think we could take from other disciplines which would benefit the design of digital products?

    As a separate question, how big do you think the market for Subform is? And what kind of designer in what context do you think it's most useful?

    I really hope you guys get the backing you need.

    Good luck!

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  • Posted to Pixar animators spent 5 years making thisbeautiful short film in their spare time , Oct 24, 2016

    Awesome short film. Really powerful story..

    But did anyone think the art/animation style still felt a little PG-13 for a more adult story? Still felt very traditional Pixar.

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  • Posted to Top 10 Best Design Agencies, Oct 17, 2016

    These clickbaity, rage inducing posts looking to rile the community to create traffic for their site are pretty blatant. Let's not pretend this is anything but that.

    In an effort to make a positive contribution to this thread. Anyone got an actual list of 'Top' design agencies?

    eConsultancy publish this list every year. Some surprising entrants - seems to be ordered by income.

    http://digitalagencies.econsultancy.com/

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  • Posted to ASK DN: What's your favorite design talk?, Oct 05, 2016

    Love anything by Mike Monteiro but this one in particular:

    Webstock ‘13: Mike Monteiro - How Designers Destroyed the World

    Straight talking, ballsy, to the point.

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  • Posted to Prototyping tool Atomic.io announces V2, Sep 29, 2016

    So - never used Atomic before. Looks great.

    Where does this sit on the Prototyping landscape?

    Seems like Invision + Principle - my current preferred setup.

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  • Posted to Sketch art boards for web and mobile?, Sep 27, 2016

    This made me look up screen resolution statistics.

    https://deviceatlas.com/blog/most-used-smartphone-screen-resolutions-in-2016

    According to this we should definitely still be considering ~320px width!

    I expect they're just responding to demand though.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: How do you build your portfolio?, Sep 02, 2016

    I seem to be in the minority, but I went down the Squarespace route after having a custom built site for years. I've now taken it down as it was so out of date!

    I think wether it's worth investing the time in custom built site (which of course we'd all like to do) all depends on how much you're relying on your web presence to drive your career opportunities. For me, I use it once every few years when I'm ready to look for new opportunities (I'm full time employed). The region I work in isn't terribly competitive so I've never had to spend the time crafting a custom portfolio. Off the shelf made sense to me as I just needed a delivery method for what people are looking for, my work, which was only going to be used for a short period of time.

    For a freelancer or someone reliant on personal brand, making the investment makes much more sense as it should be actively working for you in generating leads and hopefully achieving an ROI on the time put into it.

    Of course, there's also many people who just love putting the time into it as a labour of love - and fair play to them.

    All comes down to return on investment for me though.

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