M. W.

UX Designer / Graphic Designer / Coder Joined almost 2 years ago

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  • Posted to Material Design is a political choice, in reply to P.J. Onori , Jun 13, 2018

    Solutions that are pre-designed, with the use of factual, project-specific data (both analytical and user research) will probably always (should be, if done correctly) be better than out of the box solutions. The problem is that developers take the frameworks as the perfect choice, very often not willing to alter this choice. And I doubt those frameworks are "the culmination of countless hours of research, iteration, evolution"... let's not go too far with this. It's just iteration within developers. They work OK but they are not perfection or even close. They are the starting points, not the end of the design process for particular environments. They will never be.

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  • Posted to Material Design is a political choice, in reply to Todd F , Jun 13, 2018

    Yeah and then we come up with thousands of apps and websites looking basically the same - just like frameworks the developers used to build them. Developers MAKE but solutions need to be designed and unfortunately, it turns out that in this race of economic optimization the design stages are omitted. One of the symptoms are the job ads like "UX Developer" where you have 50% of UX Design and 50% of coder/developer tasks in the description. YEAH, SURE. And then we have all the drawbacks of solutions not being designed but just produced - bad UX, illogical, data-driven interface, elements of the UI done "because it's faster to implement", etc. Good things are designed, not just made, remember that. You will learn it eventually, arguing the idiocy of developers being able to design or design being something that can be avoided.

    I would say that making frameworks "do the job of good design" is like saying CMS templates do the job of a developer - why code something, why program? You install a CMS, a template and off we go. Wonderful, right?

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  • Posted to Design Thinking!, Jun 11, 2018

    What does it have to do with Design Thinking, actually?

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  • Posted to Ask DN: If you don't like or don't want to code can you help me understand why?, in reply to Marcel van Werkhoven , Jun 07, 2018

    There's a bit of a difference between having code experience and actually building stuff yourself from HTML+CSS+JS. You wouldn't want a builder to design the block of flats you will be living in, right? Let people do what they are supposed to do.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: If you don't like or don't want to code can you help me understand why?, Jun 07, 2018

    I am a designer who codes, or used to code. Why I wanted to stop doing such tasks? Three things: 1. I had to choose paths to improve and they are not coding, these are Design Thinking, User Experience Design, User Interface Design. They are broad themselves and about design so I ceased to take coding responsibilities both at main job and freelancing. 2. Its boring. In the beginning, when I was learning it and learning Bootstrap, it was fun but as time moved on, it turned out it's boring. And... 3. There's this LESS/SASS etc. and I decided not to learn all that (instead, I chose things from #1). And if I don't develop something, I guess I'm not that good and professional at it anyway so just knowing it on the lower-intermediate level will help me be a good designer but not a good coder. Plus I just don't want to be a coder. I want to be a full stack designer. Full stack designer in terms of the way from preliminary concept to final handoff project, not full stack designer in a way that I design and code (this is the idiocy of contemporary job ads).

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  • Posted to Spirit is out now for Mac, in reply to Tony Gines , May 17, 2018

    Yeah well, Affinity is exceptionally low-cost, thought about it but then thought about Adobe and Corel : / I guess this is the new, startup culture, that makes prices like 10 bucks a month or 50 bucks overall. Nice.

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  • Posted to Spirit is out now for Mac, in reply to Tony Gines , May 16, 2018

    15 bucks a month can't be 30-50 one-time. It would be 200-300 bucks one-time.

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  • Posted to Adobe XD Free Starter Plan & May Update, May 15, 2018

    This is why we love competition!

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  • Posted to Figma Styles are here, May 10, 2018

    I'd rather they debugged the tool itself. The shortcuts are pain in the ass.

    3 points
  • Posted to Pen or pencil when sketching?, May 04, 2018

    Graphite stick! My latest discovery in a small stationery store.

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