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Derek Nguyen

South Korea Designer & coding enthusiast Joined almost 3 years ago

  • 6 stories
  • 41 comments
  • 43 upvotes
  • Posted to First Rule of Stealing Websites., in reply to Leon K , Jan 08, 2019

    The owner of https://mintdsgn.co completely lifts the code of https://works.pm, but they link images in 'work' section directly to the original's. The owner of the original site (OP) replaced all those links with memes, so if you click on the work section, select a page, wait for it to load then scroll down a bit, all you see is memes.

    11 points
  • Posted to Flat Design vs. Traditional Design: Comparative Experimental Study, Jan 02, 2019

    Our study has shown that flat design is inferior to traditional design in most of the aspects we analysed.

    After taking a quick look at the research, I'm not sure the results are definitive:

    • The first task pitchs traditional fonts (Helvetica, Arial, Tahoma) against flat fonts (Helvetica Neue Condense/Light/Ultra Light), asking users to search for a word in 3 paragraphs of text. It seems that researchers include thinner fonts as an element of 'flat design', which I don't agree with. Bad typography ruins all design, be it flat or not.

    • The second task asks users to find an icon in a 9x9 grid. I think it's unfair, because it removes all context such as icon's positioning in a design (is the icon inside a button? does it live next to some text?). This might make for an interesting game, but it reveals nothing insightful about how flat icons may perform in a real design.

    • The third task asks user to find clickable and non-clickable areas of 2 completely different websites, one of which is a landing page for an app, the other is a booking service. They also have different amount of clickables/non-clickable areas.

    • There were only 20 participants of the same age group from the same university. IMO it's too small.

    4 points
  • Posted to Syncing one design library between Sketch and Figma?, Nov 07, 2018

    I've never done it before, but if I were to do it, I'd make Figma my single source of truth & perhaps write a sketch plugin to sync figma's library to sketch's. Doing it the other way around (using Abstract like you suggested) would be much more tedious, because as far as I know there's no way to programmatically update Figma library, meaning you'd have to sync to Figma manually

    3 points
  • Posted to Bandcamp vs. the Giants a.k.a Spotify, Youtube Music, Apple Music & more, Jun 07, 2018

    Have you got the chance to check out the new Youtube Music service?

    0 points
  • Posted to Bandcamp vs. the Giants a.k.a Spotify, Youtube Music, Apple Music & more, in reply to Kelsey Legault , Jun 07, 2018

    Oohhh hope you folks enjoyed it! Bandcamp is a fascinating company which there’re still a lot more I’d like to write about. Would love to have a conversation with you folks somehow!

    1 point
  • Posted to Bandcamp vs. the Giants a.k.a Spotify, Youtube Music, Apple Music & more, in reply to Jesse C. , Jun 06, 2018

    Yeah, that happened to me once or twice as well. Labels renegotiate their deals, or artists just pull off in protest of something. Rare, but super annoying.

    Have to rely on the good old mp3 collection!

    1 point
  • Posted to Bandcamp vs. the Giants a.k.a Spotify, Youtube Music, Apple Music & more, in reply to Dirk HCM van Boxtel , Jun 05, 2018

    LOL

    They’ve already been branded as sellouts, might as well cash in!

    1 point
  • Posted to Native Sketch Dark Mode Confirmed, in reply to Nick M , Jun 05, 2018

    Oh they could have — I think they just choose to focus on things they deem more important to users.

    11 points
  • Posted to Bandcamp vs. the Giants a.k.a Spotify, Youtube Music, Apple Music & more, in reply to David Pacheco , Jun 05, 2018

    I’m glad you enjoyed the article! It’s interesting that you’d use Youtube for discovery (through music channels & related videos I’m guessing?) I thought that Soundcloud’d be a better place for that, it seems to be dominated with EDM artists.

    1 point
  • Posted to Bandcamp vs. the Giants a.k.a Spotify, Youtube Music, Apple Music & more, in reply to Dirk HCM van Boxtel , Jun 05, 2018

    You’re absolutely right — convenience sells, the number said that much. Spotify has seen huge growth in the past few years.

    When writing this article, I also wondered what would had happened if Spotify set the monthly fee higher.

    Had they set their subscription fee at $30/month, I think (a) they would had difficulty penetrating the market, (b) other competitors could had easily offered a lower price and (c) the big labels would had asked for even larger cuts.

    Streaming is here to stay, artists will just have to accept that they’ll earn pennies from it and find more ways to earn money (which is much more difficult for indie artists.)

    2 points
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