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