Sarah Mills

Head of Design at Consensys Joined almost 6 years ago Sarah has invited Nguyet Vuong

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Icons for "the stoplight colors", Aug 02, 2014

    My initial thought was a series of faces—smiling, straight mouth, frowning, freaking out? However, they may not have the right tone for your users.

    My second thought was to indicate a metric—if your audience would respond to metrics, is there a way to incorporate an actual percentage? Or a dial similar to a speedometer?

    The problems with that are 1. very hard to have it stand alone/make sense immediately without the other statuses to compare and 2. may not be semantically representing what is actually going on.

    So I am back at faces :\

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  • Posted to "New" Design Observer , Jul 02, 2014

    This is breaking my brain—even a print designer would be able to pick an appropriate typeface. I just...I feel like this has to be a test or or practical joke or something.

    WHO DOES non-responsive redesigns?!

    [edited] Now I am absolutely sure it is a joke/PR stunt. There are just too many subtle design "jokes" going on, and the FastCo article kind of seals it: they know people won't like it, yes it looks like print, and they want people to talk about it. Mission accomplished.

    1 point
  • Posted to Ask DN: How do you make icon sets?, Apr 24, 2014

    I use Illustrator to make and export them as svgs, and then the Icomoon app (http://icomoon.io/) to make a font to use on the web. For gaining an understanding of what works and what doesn't, I just browse The Noun Project—some are genius and then some things just aren't meant to be icons.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: When designing, do you consider colorblind people?, Apr 14, 2014

    I installed this: http://michelf.ca/projects/sim-daltonism/ and I can quickly run through all the different types of colorblindness while I am designing and making color choices.

    If you have any government clients in the US (and usually gov contractors, non-profits, anything funded by the state) you must be aware of and adhering to Section 508 requirements.

    However, it's just a good idea in general—you would never want to intentionally exclude someone. If someone's screenreader can't get through your site, that is often lost $ and a negative brand impact.

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  • Posted to What is a Computer Science degree worth?, in reply to Matt Scorte , Apr 10, 2014

    You're right, clients for the most part will be most impressed with "So-and-so worked on the Coca-Cola campaign"—they wouldn't know if you had a degree or not (unless they stalked you on LinkedIn), BUT your ability to speak to things outside your area of expertise makes a difference. Having a deeper understanding of what a client does (for instance, using your biochemistry class knowledge for a health sciences client) allows you to better help them.

    I mean, it's a pretty universal truth in my experience—the more subjects you know about, the more you have to pull from to do your job better. To be able to speak in depth about any type of design movement or typography, you have to know history. To speak about UX you have to know psychology AND logic (and a whole lot of other things).

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  • Posted to What is a Computer Science degree worth?, Apr 09, 2014

    I can't speak to computer science, but I can say that my experience (and that of other designer friends) has been that the higher you go in your career and the bigger the clients get, the more essential a college (in my case I mean liberal arts) education becomes.

    I was an art major, but daily in my job I have to refer back to classes I took in science, government, philosophy, creative writing, logic (lord it is killing me), and more obviously, psychology.

    Could I have saved some money? Sure, and experience in this industry counts for more than a degree. However, an ability to relate to my peers, superiors, and clients through shared education has made me infinitely more valuable.

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  • Posted to Site Design: FiveThirtyEight, in reply to Jasper vd M , Mar 17, 2014

    I think more people (at least in the US) have heard of Nate Silver than a Dutch radio station, so I guess they'll have to take it up with him :)

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  • Posted to Show DN: Meet the new Geisha , in reply to Ahmet Sulek , Feb 25, 2014

    Cool. In the spirit of honest feedback, and I am sure it wasn't your intention, but: I am finding the name/branding problematic (though it doesn't appear anyone else is), combined with the feedback text of "How can I serve you better?" and the mascot illustration...I would really like to use this and add the extension, but I am finding it kind of offensive. Specifically in regards to perpetuating an asian female submissive stereotype—as designers we have to be cognizant of cultural implications of our designs and I like to think, inclusive of everyone.

    Anyway, best of luck, it seems like a really useful tool.

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  • Posted to Show DN: Meet the new Geisha , Feb 24, 2014

    Hi Ahmet and William, awesome app! I was just curious, because I can't find the answer on the site, why you named it "Geisha"?

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