Zac Halbert

Zac Halbert

Product Designer Joined over 7 years ago via an invitation from Jared E.

  • 2 stories
  • Posted to 6 Months Designing With Figma, in reply to Denis Rojcyk , Aug 13, 2019

    Interesting perspective. Curious to see how you're doing in 5-10 years with this whole "learning new things is bad" strategy. For anyone else reading this, having made the switch, I lost perhaps 10-15% productivity for a day or two due to learning new shortcuts / way of handling components. All the old sketch files converted to figma perfectly, and within a week had regained any lost productivity and then some. After 8 months in figma, we're moving twice as fast as we were in sketch and don't have to muck around with things like Abstract to keep files in sync. Switching to figma reminds me of the switch from Adobe products to sketch when sketch was new. I remember people claiming that photoshop was perfectly fine back then too.

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  • Posted to how do I build a website without any CMS? any idea for a guideline? , Feb 17, 2015

    Go for a jekyll website if it's a simple marketing site or blog. It's a little more technical than using a CMS like wordpress, but there are huge benefits such as fast editing of content and easy deploys on github. Once you get the hang of it it's much nicer than using a proper CMS, and how I build all my sites now including my own.

    Also, might be a good in-between solution to check out, too.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: What is the hardest thing about being a freelance?, Jan 21, 2014

    The hardest thing for me is making the time to build the new client marketing machine. It's a grind for the first couple years while you get your name out there, but eventually gets easier. It took me a couple years to start getting enough project inquiries to keep me flush. It's even easier if you're diligent about being public (blogging, twitter, dribbble, etc), and asking old clients to refer you to friends and write reviews.

    Legal stuff is also a bit confusing, but with a good contract that spells out when you get paid, kill fees, rights, etc., you can rest easy. 99% of clients are awesome if you treat them right, and the contract is there for the 1%.

    You didn't ask this question, but the best part about it is being able to take your career in any direction you choose. This freedom is either awesome or terrifying depending on your personality :)

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