Al M

Designer Joined over 5 years ago

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  • Posted to What ToDo list are you using (more general, not only work)?, in reply to Tomas Martinez , Aug 12, 2017

    Keeping them separate prevents work creeping into your mind when you're not at work.

    1 point
  • Posted to Ask DN: Best links to learn illustration?, Aug 02, 2017

    I really enjoy Frannerd. Her stuff isn't so much digital but she has some really good videos about process, inspiration etc.

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  • Posted to How do you onboard a new member of your team?, Jul 26, 2017

    I was recently onboarded so can give you some perspective from the other side.

    1. It really helps if accounts are created before the new person starts, or at least anticipated. It took me weeks to be added on GitHub and months to have access to shared files. I felt like I was constantly badgering IT. Also, make sure if they have to sort out accounts themselves that you yourself know the procedure and who to contact.

    2. Introduce them to people! If they're working in a team make sure they're introduced to everybody, not just the designers. I found it so difficult to talk to someone when I didn't know their name, let alone what they did.

    3. Explain your acronyms! A wiki is good for this.

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  • Posted to MS Paint is here to stay, in reply to Kyle Case , Jul 26, 2017

    Did you even see the video? It looks pretty fun.

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  • Posted to Your Body Text Is Too Small, in reply to Dirk HCM van Boxtel , Apr 28, 2017

    Yeah, I struggled to get the team to understand that users expect to scroll at my previous job. The next step is going to be removing all images on mobile.

    1 point
  • Posted to Design challenges at Zendesk: As a designer, how would you approach this? , Feb 17, 2017

    I recently worked on a design exercise as a pre-requisite before an interview. I actually really appreciated having the opportunity to do this as I'm trying to go from more graphic/web design into product design. I have to admit I did put a lot of time into it and if I had kids or any other commitments outside of work I would have struggled. The exercise had me choose any software I wanted.

    I'm a bit on the fence. In my case, it gave me an opportunity to work on a product related task outside of my personal projects. I really did enjoy doing it and later walking through it with someone from the company. I imagine it's useful for applicants who are just starting out and perhaps don't have much to show in their portfolio. However, it was a lot of work to potentially not even get an interview. I'd struggle to do this for every job I applied for.

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  • Posted to Do you get more productive with music?, Feb 08, 2017

    I work in a noisy, open office so some kind of music is a must. The Minecraft soundtrack helps me work, actually!

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  • Posted to What do you think of LinkedIn's new look?, Feb 07, 2017

    I really dislike the progression indicator followed by the skeleton UI. It makes it feel so slow because there's such an emphasis put on both of those loading views.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Job title for Product Designer who writes Javascript?, Jan 26, 2017

    Aw man, I was looking at FarmLogs during my job search and totally wished you were based over in the UK. It looks like SUCH an interesting product to work on. How do you enjoy it?

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  • Posted to Is working for an agency really so awful?, in reply to Cosmin Madalin , Dec 24, 2016

    I think I will. Thank you!

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