Be nice. Or else.
I don't find it aesthetically unpleasing, but something about the vivid boldness of those gradients doesn't align with the awesomely calming footer, and other elements on the page. It's for sure different than the other dime-a-dozen SaaS sites out there, including their competitors. So in that regard, I presume it's memorable for their target audience.
Firstly, that Monster Gallery link is awesome! I imagine that's how my daughters see their creations as they're drawing them with the world's dullest crayon.
Secondly, that Jared Spool tweet is a stretch for me, but I understand the spirit in which it was intended. The ways my role as a designer has spilled into other areas within an organization has been really interesting, empowering and at times, super frustrating. There aren't many roles that at it's core can be applied to so many areas of a business. It's distilling down for me to simple problem solving, and that's I think how it ends up being helpful in so many areas. The stuff that was harder for me and took tons of reps to get better at are taking a back seat to simply communicating ideas.
That or maybe I'm just super opinionated and don't know when to shut it. ;P
I dig this because it's from the perspective of highlighting valuable resources out there to working designers. It's not just a catch-all listicle or "should designers _____" twitter jags.
Needs more Santa Claude...
I'm super glad I found this, Peter. Looks like it's old news now, but it's gonna save me at least an hour today making a quick one-sheeter. Cheers!
The app looks great and +1 for not needing to sigup to view. The quick lists of all the top 10s and IMDB popular stuff are great too.
After signing up, I noticed a couple things:
I'd like to be able to control the Fill property's alpha value with the same keystrokes as Layer Opacity, but add "Shift", much like how Photoshop handled it.
This has been my favorite inspo site for a couple years. However, seems to go dormant for weeks on end sometimes with no new content, then a bunch all at once.
It looks nicer now, but the site prevents CMD+Click to open in a new tab, which is not ideal for a gallery site.
Valiocon! Because it's near my home, is always fun and it has the right balance of speakers. Drew Wilson focusses on bringing in speakers who are currently doing stuff, rather than just talking about doing stuff. I've been to other large and well-known confs and been underwhelmed. Many speakers recycle the same content that you could typically find right on their blog or Twitter account. I've been to 3 or 4 Valiocons and never felt that way about any of the speakers. Good stuff!