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Caleb Sylvest

Caleb Sylvest

Dallas, TX Experience Designer at Spacetime Joined over 4 years ago Caleb has invited Anthony Garand

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  • Posted to What the hell happened with DN?, in reply to Scott Thomas , May 24, 2018

    Yeah, somewhere between 2 and 3 years ago

    2 points
  • Posted to What the hell happened with DN?, May 24, 2018

    DN took a turn for the worse when registration was opened to the public. Hate to say it, but from my view that's what happened.

    Personally, I was moderately involved in the earlier days but lost interest after open enrollment cause it just turned to crappy posts, poor self promotion, and cruft.

    I still peak at the homepage a few times a week, but probably spend <10 seconds scanning the headlines and moving on.

    39 points
  • Posted to Redesigning my company website. Which design should I choose?, in reply to Matt Willett , Apr 24, 2018

    Good questions!

    My goals starting off were:

    1. Content first. I want to drive the web direction based on content over decorative design. And expand on the core marketing aspects of our brand, such as Case Studies and Services.
    2. Simplify. Too many websites are going nuts with animations, parallax, videos, and fancy layouts. I want to go back to simple layouts that generally follow the natural flow of the web. Keep the fancy stuff to a minimum.
    3. Performant. I want the website to be fast beyond belief and crush through performant development. I left WordPress behind and built the new site with GatsbyJS. It's fast and offers some cool tech for free that will help with performance and ranking (PWA, service workers, etc. Stuff Google likes). Also using Tachyons for styles, limited JS additions, and very few images (outside of content images, like portfolio).
    4. Pro. I want to promote the Spacetime brand to the next level so it fits in with top-tier agencies in the industry. Comparables would be Octopus, Huge Inc, Instrument, MetaLab, Agence Me, Focus Lab, Thoughtbot, Fantasy. Not that we perform the same type of level of work, but at a glance the Spacetime brand appears to follow that type of standard.

    Option 1: This was a natural progression of our current brand and website. Followed some of the same design patterns and introduced new content. I do/did like it. I added some new things like introducing emojis and collage illustration. Which is fun, but maybe too whimsical?! Illustrative graphics can also be difficult to maintain because you can just whip out a new page if an illustration is needed. And then there's the file size to deal with too.

    Option 2: I did some digging and research on top agencies, like the ones listed above, to find commonalities. I think my findings would make for a good blog post. I threw out some of the whimsy and moved to a classic design aesthetic with a modern mix of light decoration. White, black, most color provided by content. Bright images, and people.

    Next Step? Love the input and would appreciate more. I will probably go the route of completing and publishing the version I have. Then come back when available to reformat closer to Option 2, if and when I have time.

    Thoughts?

    0 points
  • Posted to CSS Input Styles From CodePen, Mar 05, 2018

    Whoa cool. I popped this link open and somehow it scrolled me part way down the page... to one of my pens (the Morphing Input Field Button one). Quite a delightful surprise

    1 point
  • Posted to Host temporary static sites with a single click that expire in 24 hours., in reply to Eerik Kivistik , Jan 31, 2018

    Yeah, I'm not really sure. I'm trying to think what a use cases people would have.

    • Share a demo project
    • Host a site anonymously
    • Host something temporarily (hey if it works for Snapchat there must be a self-deleting use case for a webpage)
    • ¯_(ツ)_/¯
    0 points
  • Posted to Host temporary static sites with a single click that expire in 24 hours., in reply to Eerik Kivistik , Jan 31, 2018

    This is great. Love the idea!

    0 points
  • Posted to Show DN your 404, in reply to Michael Goldkamp , Jan 17, 2018

    Yeah, always thought I would go back and add scoring... but you know how things go.

    2 points
  • Posted to Show DN your 404, Jan 17, 2018

    This isn't my website, but I did build it for a client. Super secret hidden basketball game, check it:

    http://dudeperfect.com/404

    5 points
  • Posted to AMA: All About Text in Adobe XD, Dec 18, 2017

    Not to get snarky, but how does Adobe XD still not have Text Transform and Paragraph Spacing? Screw lorem ipsum, who care about that.

    Last time I used the beta was over a year ago and just couldn't continue because it didn't have the bare necessities to complete my day-to-day work, and apparently still is not capable of being a usable design tool.

    If Adobe wants to have any chance at XD becoming a tool people use, get on it! Half a dozen competitors have popped up this year already.

    2 points
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