Nelson Taruc

Nelson Taruc

This house, this street, Chicago! Design Director, Lextech Joined almost 5 years ago

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  • 24 upvotes
  • Posted to Do you read «Case studies» and find it useful?, Dec 05, 2018

    The case studies I find most useful are when a project failed, but the designers/entrepreneurs learned something useful from that failure. Real stories that dive deep into those pain points, rather than gloss over them.

    Case studies of "successful" projects, in which the designers followed some version of "design thinking" methodology, and came to a great result … they rarely share the bumps in the process that would make them worth reading.

    2 points
  • Posted to What tool did you used in your company to share a Design System internally?, in reply to Zhaoli Jin , Nov 13, 2018

    +1 Figma. I originally used Sketch + Zeplin + InVision DSM + Confluence, but I bit the bullet and converted it all to Figma. In retrospect, it was well worth the effort, because otherwise it was a synching nightmare.

    1 point
  • Posted to Designers who have become developers: how have you found the experience?, Oct 15, 2018

    I learned to code so I could effectively implement stuff I designed, to make it real in the way I intended. Over time, that had the added benefit of being able to communicate design to developers in terms they understand.

    I consider myself a full-time designer who knows how to code, but only in emergency situations (I currently work with really good developers).

    The way I learned is to design and build something for yourself, preferably a mobile app or web site you’ll use daily. Design, build and grow new dev skills as you iterate. Good luck!

    2 points
  • Posted to Figma's new Smart Selection feature makes arranging and adjusting selections much faster, in reply to Shea Lewis , Oct 12, 2018

    Agreed. I wasn't sure what to make of the feature at first, but after using it for a day, it's proven way more powerful and cooler than I expected. Kudos to Figma for how they implemented this feature.

    1 point
  • Posted to How effective are modern UX design methods?, in reply to Jamie Diamond , Oct 04, 2018

    I was going to post a response myself, but Jamie nailed it perfectly. The cost of designing the wrong thing can be quite high. Good UX research reduces that risk.

    1 point
  • Posted to UX Design should evolve to HX Design, in reply to Marian Voicu , Aug 21, 2018

    Yes, that's what we challenge our junior designers to do. We try not to pigeon-hole them into specific career paths. For example, we have a person who would be typically classified as a visual designer, but also enjoys industrial product design and 3-D modeling/prototyping. If that's the career path that person desires, we totally let them pursue it.

    0 points
  • Posted to UX Design should evolve to HX Design, in reply to Marian Voicu , Aug 20, 2018

    I don’t tell them. They tell me.

    2 points
  • Posted to UX Design should evolve to HX Design, Aug 20, 2018

    I tell the designers on our team that you can have whatever title you want on your business card or LinkedIn profile. At the end of the day, though, you're just a designer. No need to sweat the specifics.

    4 points
  • Posted to Is this spec work?, in reply to Selv Grimm , Aug 07, 2018

    In Basecamp's defense, they're a small, well-managed company, so they get a lot of responses when a design position opens up. They're not requiring anyone to make a video or do anything special when applying. That said, their process makes it easier to find applicants passionate enough about the company and creative enough to make their application stand out. Is that really bad practice?

    0 points
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