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Nathan Cooper

Nathan Cooper

Portland, OR UX, IxD, FED @ Bright.md Joined over 3 years ago Nathan has invited Kari Fournier

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  • Posted to SoundCloud Laying Off Almost Half Its Staff, in reply to Stephen Weir , Jul 11, 2017

    I'm curious, what type of music does your friend produce?

    I listen to a lot of (neurofunk) drum & bass - e.g., Noisia, Mefjus, Current Value - and for that genre, SoundCloud is absolutely the best platform to me as a listener imo.

    I can only speak as a fan of that genre, but nearly every day SoundCloud is like Christmas to me. Producers release lots of 'in progress' (ID) tracks, and then follow it up with full-length previews. I really like the constant stream of new music from many of my favorite producers.

    For lesser known artists, I'm sure it's unfortunately easy to get lost in a sea of noise.

    As a designer, I love the player UI and real-time commenting. With the waveform as the 'slider' it serves both as a large and effective UI on mobile - much better than trying to move the dot on the Spotify player for example. Additionally, having it begin in the center of the screen (on mobile), there's a generous amount of space to touch and drag it to a new section in the track.

    The waveform also helps you remember, find, and go back to your favorite parts in a track or podcast (where I find it especially useful). I would love it if Spotify were to 'borrow' this design.

    The time-based comment system is really appealing to. I enjoy seeing how people react to sections of tracks, specific sounds, and the community in general.

    It would be a really sad day for me if SoundCloud ever has to close it's doors for good.

    Edit: formatting

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  • Posted to Redditors design worst volume sliders possible, Jun 08, 2017

    Those gave me an idea for a skee-ball volume 'game'. 100(%) would be the easiest, Mute would be the most difficult.

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  • Posted to Government Logos From Best to Worst, Mar 22, 2017

    I like the US Air Force logo. However I don't like that font. I think a condensed font would look better here, imo.

    US Air Force

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  • Posted to Single designers in teams, how do you get design mentorship or coaching?, Mar 20, 2017

    In a similar position at a startup. I love that I own design, but I'd like someone to bounce ideas off of and collaborate with.

    It is challenging, but in its own way rewarding. I won't do it again though, unless I'm working for myself.

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  • Posted to Super trippy infinite zoom illustration – O.Z.O.R.A Festival, Feb 16, 2017

    Has anyone attended, or planning to attend, this festival? I'm going to be near there for LET IT ROLL. I think I might attend it for a couple days.

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  • Posted to Best subtitles editor app for Mac, Feb 14, 2017

    Hi, I'm curious, I've never heard of this format, what medium is it for?

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  • Posted to Do you get more productive with music?, in reply to Zane Riley , Feb 09, 2017

    Thanks so much, you're absolutely welcome. I update it almost daily.

    I am very active on SoundCloud, where I find new tracks. My SoundCloud

    I also repost tracks to my G+ Neurofunk Community

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  • Posted to Do you get more productive with music?, in reply to David Thorn , Feb 09, 2017

    I'm only familiar with Gydra, from that label, but I will check out the podcast. Thanks!

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  • Posted to Do you get more productive with music?, Feb 08, 2017

    I would find it difficult to work without listening to music. Does it make me more productive? I don't know, but I feel more engaged when I do.

    I listen to a lot of neurofunk drum & bass, e.g., Noisia, Current Value, Mefjus, Hybris, Phace, etc. Here's a link to my Spotify playlist.

    If you're a fan of this style and want to discover new music, I highly suggestion listening to Noisia Radio. Here's a link to the Dutch trios weekly Friday show on SoundCloud.

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  • Posted to Should Designers Have Laptop Stickers?, Nov 14, 2016

    Here's my custom Pac Man decal that incorporates the Apple logo.

    Imgur

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