Philip A

Designer Joined over 2 years ago

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  • 48 upvotes
  • Posted to We need to calm our technology down, in reply to Joseph Barrientos , Jun 19, 2019

    A crucial point the author makes is that notifications should be more opt-in vs opt-out. Finding the preferences is one thing, but if notifications were opt-in, the need to find preferences is greatly diminished.

    I really like the idea of opt-in notifications for "non-crucial" type alerts. Having someone like an Instagram photo from 4 years ago probably doesn't need a notification. That should probably be opt-in. But someone sending you a DM should probably be opt-out.

    Better defaults is what will work better here, not just making it easy to find preferences/settings. It also means that if you send fewer notifications, the ones that get sent will be more likely to be actioned/opened.

    1 point
  • Posted to As a Product Designer, what are your essential tools?, Jun 18, 2019

    FIGMA HTML CSS PEN/PAPER

    That's basically it. There are other 'tools' that are used just to help support this workflow (Preview and Photos app on macOS, Git) but really, it's those 4 things. It's amazing just how far those few tools can take almost any web design.

    7 points
  • Posted to The perils of functional CSS, Jun 11, 2019

    The article was reasonable until the conclusion. "In summary, functional CSS doesn’t make much sense to me, as a front-end developer." It sounds like a statement speaking on behalf of font-end developers. I work with front-end developers who really enjoy using functional CSS. Functional CSS just doesn't make sense to you, personally.

    Also: "I don’t think it’s a coincidence that back-end developers have written most functional CSS libraries." How did they come up with that one? Adam Morse is a designer and tachyons is one of the main functional CSS libraries. I'm active in the tachyons slack channel and there was a poll a while ago showing a reasonable 60/40ish split between people in #general. The fact that functional CSS resonates with designers should be something we should take note of and think about.

    Functional CSS is powerful for many reasons. One of them is being able to just "add a bit of padding" or "make that text orange" without having to dig into the CSS files and write new CSS. You can just whack "pa2" or "orange" to the HTML and be done with it. And there's no confusion for the next designer/developer when they edit the HTML.

    Sigh I could go on but I'll stop. I think most people who criticise functional CSS should use it for a good 6 months and see how it changes their workflow. That's what I did before forming an opinion.

    6 points
  • Posted to New Dribbble Features, in reply to Joseph Barrientos , May 30, 2019

    This 100%. Go right now and look at ANY popular shot. I guarantee 90%+ of the comments are just "Great shot!". There isn't no real sense of community.

    But I guess shipping more features will fix this!

    1 point
  • Posted to Welcome Overflow 1.0!, May 29, 2019

    The images don't seem to load in Safari for me, quite strange.

    0 points
  • Posted to What's going on with DesignerNews?, in reply to Radley Marx , May 03, 2019

    I've suggested this before. DN needs this.

    0 points
  • Posted to So this downvote bombing thing is interesting ..., in reply to Matthew Hollingsworth , Apr 25, 2019

    On hacker news you can't downvote until you have a certain amount of karma but you can upvote without karma.

    3 points
  • Posted to Designers who are 40 plus, how are you..., in reply to Tom Wood , Apr 15, 2019

    I disagree (but upvoted because you made a worthwhile contribution, that's how it works).

    Senior/Experienced programmers are a specific type of programmer that you can hire for. You get much more experience and knowledge compared to a young graduate programmer, but they cost more. It's a tradeoff.

    I think the same will be true of the design industry (if it isn't already). Knowing how much I've grown in the last 5 years (let alone the next 10-20 years) points me to the fact that "Senior Designers" are very plausible, just as "Senior Programmers" are.

    0 points
  • Posted to Designers who are 40 plus, how are you..., in reply to Steve O'Connor , Apr 15, 2019

    Obviously a different industry but Hayao Miyazaki is a great example of a "creative" person whose age has done nothing but increase their ability to create new things.

    1 point
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