Alex Hoffman

Alex Hoffman

Denver, CO Product Designer Joined 12 months ago

  • 2 stories
  • Posted to Now I'm in deep shit, Jun 23, 2017

    I recently switched companies for very similar reasons. I was at a startup that got acquired and slowly but surely, the parent company was making poor decisions and I was getting left in the dust. They had a team of designers in another state that I just couldn't seem to be apart of...I wasn't learning shit, I was working from home 3 days a week and probably only putting in about 2 days of actual work for the whole week...I wouldn't say it was my comfort zone, but it was cushy as it could get. I hate to be captain hindsight, but looking for red flags and not ignoring them is key to keeping your career in a safe position.

    That being said: I've heard something (basically blowing smoke out my ass right now but this wouldn't surprise me), something like 75% of designers applying for jobs don't have portfolios. I hadn't updated mine in two years but it was enough to get me an interview and I brought my laptop to show off some more recent projects. That being said, having a portfolio is keeping your resume from getting thrown directly into the trash can and you automatically have an advantage over a ton of other designers applying.

    I think you are on the right path, doing things to learn stuff everyday is super duper important. It's basically the whild whild west of prototyping applications right now, and if you don't know how to prototype on several different levels of fidelity, you'll probably be f**ked in the next year or two.

    The other thing is, f**k applying for jobs on LinkedIn. At the very least, try to find the application on the companies marketing website. That being said, most jobs are taken by people who get referred for the job. It's a much easier and safer recruiting technique, go out and talk to some people.

    Again, I think you're on the right path, maybe it's just a matter of discipline.

    Good luck!

    3 points
  • Posted to Creating Gesture-Based Gradients and Shipping Fast with React Native, Jun 16, 2017

    Well, it seemed cool until I dragged both dots to the very top and now the UI has completely disappeared and I can't seem to drag them down without activating the notifications. Tried restarting it but it remembers what I did so...¯_(ツ)_/¯

    1 point
  • Posted to What is React? -- an illustrated intro (React course for Designers update 2), Jun 08, 2017

    Awesome article, I'm really excited to see more

    0 points
  • Posted to What do you do to crank the engine?, in reply to Devon Latzen , May 23, 2017

    +1 to everything Devon said.

    I have a few things I do that are creative that I sort of...reserve for myself. One being calligraphy, I find it helps reinvigorate me with creativity without having to be worried about making something that will be seen and critiqued by others.

    Big fan of inspiration, I love to read and there's so much good content getting pumped into DN and Medium.

    Learn a new tool or skill. Sometimes I just need a break from my day-to-day work and a great way to still feel productive is to try and learn a new tool or skill. There's so many new prototyping applications, maybe dive into something you've been curious about learning but haven't had the time or need to learn.

    Take some time off. I've seen this happen to so many people where they just forget they have a life outside of work. You never really realized how stressed out you really are until you relieve some of that stress.

    Hope that helps :)

    1 point
  • Posted to InVision Question, May 17, 2017

    When you click "Share" in the modal, at the bottom, it says "Link options" I would just share it that way and password protect it.

    0 points
  • Posted to Site Design: Envelope, May 15, 2017

    You URL structure sucks. Making me hit back 5 times for scrolling is absurd. I don't care how nice your design is, the experience sucks.

    1 point
  • Posted to I want to use Framer, in reply to Constantine Sad , May 09, 2017

    I don't disagree with you whatsoever, it's still programming, it's just using a visual programming instead of actually writing out code, even more so, things like conditions, loops, variables, etc...designers should know these things!

    I guess what I was arguing is someone who doesn't come from a coding background might pickup Origami faster than trying to learn some javascript or coffeescript.

    0 points
  • Posted to I want to use Framer, in reply to John P , May 08, 2017

    I feel the same way, unless you're already familiar with front-end development you'll probably just end up spending far more time trying to learn than actually producing. I still haven't sat down and really given the time it deserves to give it a fair review, but Origami by Facebook looks promising in terms of having Maximum Control while still staying away from having to actually write code.

    0 points
  • Posted to Sketch Confetti: Plugin to generate confetti, in reply to Oliver Swig , May 01, 2017

    After testing, it doesn't do an amazing job, but it does do exactly what it's supposed to do. If anything this is a great starting point and for the more anal designers like myself, I'll just move them around a little to my liking.

    0 points
  • Posted to FREE Webinar - Turn your designs into React components, Apr 17, 2017

    I'd be interested in checking that out!

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