Michael Ortali

Miami Founder @ www.creativelist.io, Previously @Pinterest, @YouTube, @Google, @Yahoo! Joined about 1 month ago

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  • Posted to Remember CSS Zen Garden?, Feb 24, 2017

    For anyone who was doing web development before 2010, this website was a source of inspiration and a place where anyone could find and learn new techniques on how to bend technology to accomplish specific design goals. It's pretty cool to see the site up and running again.

    2 points
  • Posted to Is there any tool just for automatic payment reminders?, in reply to Sandeep Sharma , Feb 23, 2017

    You're welcome!

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  • Posted to Frontpage revamp: CreativeList, in reply to Marcel van Werkhoven , Feb 23, 2017

    @Marcel: Thanks! Totally agree on the search bar. It definitely feels more blended in the content than in the previous version. I'll continue to tweak it until this looks better. Airbnb has a similar background pattern, but their shadows / colors are darker and their design is a bit more flat. Will have to investigate on that one. Thanks again!

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  • Posted to Is there any tool just for automatic payment reminders?, Feb 15, 2017

    Via Stripe:

    For payment reminders, you can use Stripe. You will have to create a subscription with a plan (at $0).

    When the subscription is about to renew (basically when you want to send a payment reminder), stripe will send a webhook (I believe it will be invoice.created). At this time, you can send the email to your customer. When the customer has paid the bill, just cancel the subscription.

    Via CRM:

    You could also get similar results by setting an automated trigger on Customer.io by setting an attribute on your customer (e.g. "invoice_sent"). Other systems like Intercom support this as well. I believe all those emails, to comply with CAN-SPAM Act, are required to provide an unsubscribe at the bottom.

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  • Posted to The Beginning of your Design Career, Feb 15, 2017

    Julie Zhuo is a Product Design VP @ Facebook. Every week she answer a reader's question on The Looking Glass. She will also be talking at the O'Reilly Design Conference in San Francisco.

    0 points
  • Posted to Do you use any HTML or CSS pre-processor? Why?, Feb 14, 2017

    It depends.

    As the name states: adding a pre-processor means you will add latency into your workflow.

    At first it takes milliseconds, but as your application grows, it can take seconds then minutes to complete. Every time you will want to preview a change, the system you are using will have to pre-process the code into something the browser can understand.

    Before using a pre-processor, the best is always to assess the issues you are facing. For instance with "classic" CSS:

    • How do you automatically support vendor properties?
    • How do you support namespaced classes?
    • How to quickly change a primary action color?
    • How do you share sets of properties?

    By assessing the issues you are facing, you will be able to see whether or not to use a specific pre-processor. Now to answer to your question, I use Sass as a CSS preprocessor because the benefits outweigh (syntax is closed to CSS, modularization, shared variables, namespacing, vendor properties, functions). There are others (stylus, less) which provide similar features.


    Note: I don't use a HTML pre-processor.

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  • Posted to How to get more freelance projects?, in reply to Femke vs , Feb 13, 2017

    Just listened to the podcast. Loved it!

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  • Posted to YouTube redesign / AB Testing?, Feb 11, 2017

    (disclosure: I was the tech lead working on the YouTube redesign in 2011 and 2012)

    YouTube, like any web properties, are often subject to change, and those changes are carefully reviewed, measured, and assessed before a full roll out. It means that if you see some changes, those might never become part of the product - it's just a trial to see how consumers will react and the evolution of their internal metrics.

    6 points
  • Posted to Site Design: Klosinski, Feb 11, 2017

    Minimalist UI, the content is organized in a fung shui fashion - with each part carefully placed. Really love it.

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  • Posted to How to get more freelance projects?, Feb 10, 2017

    Couple months ago, I launched a platform named CreativeList (www.creativelist.io). It aims to do exactly what you've been asking as it's a search engine specialized for creative professionals (includes designers, and many others). It facilitates how clients find creative talent.

    It's short, but I finally wrote an introduction on Medium: https://medium.com/creativelist/introducing-creativelist-7bcf00fbe337#.9lwojas67 to explain this a bit more.

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