Lubos Kmetko

Content Producer at Xfive Joined over 1 year ago

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  • Posted to Finally, Photoshop is dead for web and app design, in reply to Steven Cavins , May 22, 2017

    I admit that the title of the post was a clickbait, so I deserve this critique. But if you read the original post you could notice there was very little of Photoshop-shaming, rather it's about Adobe XD finally becoming usable on Windows.

    I'm afraid this is something hard to understand for a Mac user. I have a Mac but for various reasons I stay on Windows, one of them is to better understand what is to be a web designer/developer on Windows. I remember Sketch becoming popular for UI work in 2014 or so. Already at that time I thought it would be nice to have a similar tool on Windows. Just to learn that Sketch will never become available for Windows users. Since I design just occasionally, I wasn't really forced to switch to Mac/Sketch.

    Then Adobe XD came early in 2016, again only for Mac. So it's been another year of waiting for a Sketch-like tool on Windows. Just now XD is becoming usable on Windows even though it's still missing gradients, symbols and other things.

    In my opinion more effective tool has impact on quality because being effective means you can try or test more combinations in a shorter time. Also if some features which should increase design consistency (eg. artboards, symbols, text styles) are easy to use, you more likely will be using them. The same applies to features which are not present in Photoshop at all, like prototyping or easy sharing designs for feedback. Photoshop has always felt to me like I have ideas and I could do some good stuff but the tool hinders me in doing so.

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  • Posted to Finally, Photoshop is dead for web and app design, in reply to Anthony Fonte , May 19, 2017

    So you are on a Mac? Then you probably cannot understand what these times mean to Windows UI designers and what the article is about. On Mac you have a choice - Sketch, Adobe XD, Photoshop, Illustrator - as you said use whatever tool appropriate for the job.

    On Windows, until recently you were forced to use Photoshop or Illustrator for any UI work. But it's so much easier and faster to use Adobe XD. Please allow us, Windows users, a bit of excitement.

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  • Posted to Finally, Photoshop is dead for web and app design, in reply to Anthony Fonte , May 19, 2017

    Can you please explain what is a use case of Photoshop for a web or app designer using Sketch or Adobe XD? Except editing photos.

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  • Posted to Show DN: I redesigned Sidebar.io, in reply to Sacha Greif , Jul 12, 2016

    Yes, this new version works nice, thanks!

    I would consider moving the text "Email not displaying properly? View browser version." to the footer yet. Considering how often this could be the case nowadays, for the most readers it just takes precious space there and also breaks the design flow.

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  • Posted to Show DN: I redesigned Sidebar.io, Jul 11, 2016

    I like the new website however I only read newsletter so I will comment on that. I'm sure I will get use to the new version but I still think the previous newsletter design was better. Here are the reasons:

    • it was quicker to process information in it because there was less information - no images, only text links
    • text sizes was bigger yet all 5 links fitted my screen, now I only see 3 links and need to scroll
    • images don't add much value and only increase data transferred
    • the orange header is too big, without adding any value to regular reader

    I could scan previous newsletter and decide which links to open in about 5 seconds, now I need maybe 15. That's doesn't look like big difference but certainly processing the new newsletter feels much slower which isn't the win when it comes to interactions in inbox.

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  • Posted to Four Quick Interviews with Designers from the Future, Jun 02, 2016

    If you want to create your own designer superhero similar to these, check out new sets at https://www.heroized.com/

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  • Posted to Ridiculously heavy webpages..., in reply to Gareth Clubb , Mar 24, 2016

    This particular, badly optimized, website was pretty usable. But it's good to see your different perspective on Awwwards websites, sometimes I have similar feeling.

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  • Posted to Ridiculously heavy webpages..., in reply to Luc Pestille , Mar 23, 2016

    This is not so uncommon to see in otherwise top-notch websites. I've tested 29 winners of Awwwards Site of the Day in February for performance optimization and encountered a 16MB home page with a couple of photos saved as 3-4MB PNGs. Maybe when the site content is later managed by a person who doesn't know that much about performance optimization, this can happen. (I know this is not the case of DN, though.)

    Read or comment the story here https://www.designernews.co/stories/66162-web-performance-awards--february-2016

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  • Posted to Shitty UI/UX Analogies, in reply to Cecil Lancaster , Mar 17, 2016

    I'm not against analogies, just in the case of UX/UI I haven't seen a single one which would make it clearer than those simple definitions. If we remove U, we are left with Interface and Experience which by themselves are quite simple terms (definitely simpler than quantum physics).

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  • Posted to Shitty UI/UX Analogies, in reply to Cecil Lancaster , Mar 07, 2016

    Do we need these analogies at all? Not sure if they make anything clearer than, say, the terms definitions at Wikipedia.

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