Brendan Appe

Cambridge, MA UX + Visual Design @ IBM Joined almost 3 years ago

  • 2 stories
  • 20 comments
  • 9 upvotes
  • Posted to Modalz Modalz Modalz — We use too many damn modals, Oct 17, 2018

    We took some accessibility training here recently at IBM. The trainer was blind, and was bouncing around from site to site using a screen reader. When he landed on IBM's site, the screen reader started reading the large hero image, but was shortly cut off by some massive full screen modal. Mid sentence it started to pick up what was in the modal. He didn't realize that he was even in a modal until I told him. It wasn't until then I realized how disruptive and inaccessible they could be (on our own damn site, no less).

    24 points
  • Posted to Problem using Sketch libraries and exporting to Zeplin., in reply to Jignesh Lad , Sep 14, 2018

    Thanks, I managed to resolve the issue by disabling other plugins that I guess were messing up the Zeplin.

    0 points
  • Posted to Making long horizontal tables suck less with a scroll handle, in reply to James Matchett , Aug 17, 2018

    I agree, it's taking up quite a bit of horizontal space itself. Different placement/visual treatment could help.

    0 points
  • Posted to Swedish Web agency Kollegorna's new website, Aug 16, 2018

    I love the icon/illustration style! They're really vibrant and have a lot of energy to them.

    My biggest issue is with how work is being displayed. It's too tiny and feels crammed onto the homepage. Give the work some space to breath. Put it on it's own page and really allow each project to shine.

    1 point
  • Posted to Swedish Web agency Kollegorna's new website, in reply to Ken Em , Aug 16, 2018

    You mean outside of the giant X to the far right?

    1 point
  • Posted to MIT website redesign, in reply to Todd Cantley , Jul 27, 2018

    While I agree there are some hierarchy issues (the smaller sizes address this, making search the clear priority) I disagree with some of your other points.

    The page to me doesn’t feel too crowded at all, and I’m viewing it on a 13” macbook. There is a search to the left, and image to the right with a headline peaking from below indicating scroll to read more. It feels clean and rather simple what my options are here.

    The URLs are not pointless, their URLs are very tidy. You can easily see if a link is taking you to news, an alumni page, the library site, etc. It potentially obscuring the link is really a non-issue, move your mouse.

    The top nav disappearing could be problematic, but it seems they’ve done a good job ensuring most pages aren’t very long so maybe they found it unnecessary?

    Your last two points are fair, though I assumed “Join us in in building a better world” had to do with their community involvement/volunteering efforts, which was correct. I could see including that on the homepage a client demand and them doing the best they could with the real estate provided.

    0 points
  • Posted to Site Design: Emergence, Jul 23, 2018

    That illustration style for their folks starts to venture into the uncanny valley for me.

    12 points
  • Posted to Insomnia, Jul 11, 2018

    Is there something stressing you out we could help with? Otherwise I'd suggest talking to your doctor.

    Hang in there. Many of us have gone through similar spells of sleeplessness.

    10 points
  • Posted to How to be a mediocre UI/UX Designer — [Case Study], May 03, 2018

    Yup, I can relate.

    1 point
  • Posted to Anyone else having problems with Adobe products?, Dec 15, 2017

    I'm curious what issues you were having using illustrator? I use it fairly regularly and haven't had any real issues with it.

    I agree with what many have said, perhaps they have gotten too big. Their software feels bloated, but if you know what functionality you want to use it for and ignore the other 90% I think it works pretty well.

    0 points
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