Toby Keller

Toby Keller

UI Director at Bletchley Park Joined over 4 years ago via an invitation from Dave T.

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  • 137 comments
  • 12 upvotes
  • Posted to Ask DN: Is Sketch stable with macOS Sierra?, in reply to Wenhuan Shang , Sep 26, 2016

    Same here. Sketch 40, suffering from almost constant flickering UI, disappearing edges, randomly resized text boundaries. A crash dialog when editing a pasted vector from Illustrator. Feels like Sketch circa 2014 all over again.

    1 point
  • Posted to Swift Playgrounds: Should we teach coding, or creativity?, Jun 17, 2016

    False dichotomy. Constraints breed creativity.

    9 points
  • Posted to New Logo and Identity for VSCO done In-house, Feb 11, 2016

    My biggest complaint about their app was the cryptic unlabeled icons used everywhere. This is just as cryptic

    1 point
  • Posted to Show DN: Invision Labs - Probably the best thing since Sketch, Feb 05, 2016

    I wish they'd dedicate half the energy to fixing bugs in their core app that they do to creating new features and products.

    0 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: How has Apple Pencil worked for you?, in reply to Alex Montague , Nov 23, 2015

    Post asked about the Pencil, not the iPad. Pencils are still mostly backordered. Makes sense there are few replies so far

    0 points
  • Posted to Google "G" logo is wonky, in reply to Kat Bak , Sep 03, 2015

    They brought it up by including the grid line animation… I'm just responding to the incongruity of showing off the grid geometry of a shape that doesn't map to their own grid!

    0 points
  • Posted to Google "G" logo is wonky, in reply to Kyle Decker , Sep 03, 2015

    I'm sure you're right… still kinda odd that they then presented it with this grid animation that seems to want to show off the shape's geometrical precision.

    I guess that's still what bugs me about this: it's not unapologetically imperfect or organic (like FF Meta, or the tilted "e" in the logotype); instead, everything else about the "G" sort of promises or implies precision and symmetry, then delivers an almost geometrically perfect shape, then just this one single, subtle aspect is not symmetrical. The curve of the G maps to a perfect circle; the stroke is precisely the same width throughout, no variation; the crossbar is perfectly centered on the yellow segment… but then there's the just slightly mismatched diagonal.

    I dunno. Not a big deal in the grand scheme, just struck me as off for such an otherwise symmetrical shape.

    1 point
  • Posted to Google "G" logo is wonky, in reply to Some Designer , Sep 02, 2015

    "Breaking the grid" is fine when it improves the visual perception of perfection. IMO this does not do that; the imperfection seems glaring to me. Evidently not to everyone though… which is ok.

    2 points
  • Posted to Google "G" logo is wonky, in reply to Palash Mukhopadhyay , Sep 02, 2015

    All well and good, if it appears to be perfect. This absolutely doesn't. I noticed the discrepancy in angles the first time I looked at the G, and watched the animation afterward, which confirmed what I saw.

    Humans are pattern-recognition machines. In this logo, there is a pattern: the red/yellow division is mirrored in the blue/green division; it's only natural then to assume the yellow/green division will be likewise mirrored in the end of the red terminal (which would mark the red/blue division, were it a full circle). Giving all the indications of a pattern and then having the pattern be slightly off isn't the same as visual alignment or visual kerning.

    1 point
  • Posted to Ask DN: Is there a way to force Sketch to stop using decimals in any of its measurements?, Jul 30, 2015

    Illustrator gets this right, with the "Align to Pixel Grid" option and a setting to turn this on/off by default for pasted paths.

    0 points
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