Beni Gartenmann

Beni Gartenmann

Switzerland Freelance Software Designer & Developer Joined almost 6 years ago

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  • Posted to A Utility-First CSS Framework for Rapid UI Development, in reply to Roman Pohorecki , Nov 02, 2017

    I get your argument, but Tailwind has got you covered ;) Did you see the second example about the component-friendliness? There‘s even a whole section about extracting components in the documentation: https://tailwindcss.com/docs/extracting-components/ I think the @apply directive is very powerful. This, together with the high ability of customization, clearly sets it apart from other atomic css solutions.

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  • Posted to What do you think about this idea?, Jun 22, 2017

    Hi Caleb, Thanks for sharing your idea and putting together the concept! Some of my thoughts after watching your first episode:

    • I would learn more if it was a design that's used in real world scenarios. As you mentioned at the end of the episode, a real product page would need a lot more content beyond just big images. How do world class designers balance between clean and slick looking pages and selling stuff?
    • The artists you mentioned each had their own painting style, recreating the works involves learning the styles. I think you could put a bit more emphasis on this aspect, like what styles/technics are being used, when and how to use these technics.
    • I know you want to limit the length of these episodes, but it felt a bit rushed... maybe you could recreate one work over multiple episodes, allowing you to go deeper on certain technics?

    I hope this helps :)

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  • Posted to Show DN: Portfolio - Jake Cooper Design, in reply to Jake Cooper , May 11, 2017

    Thanks for your reply and recommendation! Definitely going to check out the two books.

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  • Posted to Show DN: Portfolio - Jake Cooper Design, May 11, 2017

    Hi Jake, I really like your website! I think you did a great job communicating what you do and what value you can bring to the table. I also like your honest and authentic copywriting on your "About" page and communicating your prices upfront – that's much like I tried to do it for my own website. I'm a developer and designer myself, but I still need to work on my positioning and the communication on my website – less about what (and how) I do and more about what problems I solve for my clients... Thanks for sharing with us and keep up the good work!

    P.S. There's a small typo in your "Why I started JCD" text --> "and discusser her goals".

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  • Posted to Show DN: Colin Keany Portfolio 2017, Apr 05, 2017

    Really nice site! Like all the little details and animations.

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  • Posted to Why we don't sell hours (Do you?), in reply to Drew McDonald , Mar 28, 2017

    I have a similar approach. Also work in 2 weeks cycle for a fixed price. At the beginning, I define what goes into these 2 weeks – together with the client, based on his requirements. What I'm able to deliver in this time is of course based on my experience. If the clients don't do their part, it's possible that I'm not able to deliver all the things, but I'm still getting paid. Because I also have blocked the time from my schedule to fully commit my time and focus to this project.

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  • Posted to Getting to know CSS Grid Layout, Mar 14, 2017

    Nice and short overview of the possibilities we will get with CSS Grid, well done! I'm really looking forward to using it in the near future :)

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  • Posted to How can I indicate in a web app that you can right click?, in reply to Eliot Slevin , Feb 28, 2017

    We worked on an app for doctors in my previous company, too. What we learned is, that doctors often are power user. And that it's critical to them to work fast and efficiently. So they preferred keyboard shortcuts, this way they didn't have to reach for the mouse. Maybe this is an alternative to consider? Of course this needs to be explained in a way too. Cover it in onboarding and also provide an in-app "cheatsheet" for keyboard shortcuts could be the best solution for that. Hope this helps!

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  • Posted to Macbook Pro advice??, Dec 19, 2016

    I recently upgraded to the new MacBook Pro 15-inch with TouchBar. I decided to buy the base model (2.6GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD). I upgraded from a mid-2011 MacBook Air 13-inch, 1.8GHz i7, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, which served me well for the past years.

    Regarding the TouchBar: It doesn't get in the way (no esc-key didn't bother me), but I don't use it very much... often there are too many taps necessary... maybe this changes over time.

    Until now I did not buy any dongle for my new MacBook Pro and hadn't any problems so far. But to be honest I don't have an external monitor yet and I do have another MacMini at home. So for me it was a no-brainer to upgrade to the latest MacBook Pro!

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  • Posted to What sketchbook and pen do you use?, Nov 21, 2016

    Whenever possible I use a digital solution, for the last couple years it's been Paper by FiftyThree with Pencil by FiftyThree - https://www.fiftythree.com When working directly with clients or a digital solution is not appropriate I tend to use whatever is available, Post-Its, loose paper, sharpies, pencils...

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