Be nice. Or else.
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Yes the way I replied was petty. If you read the rest of this thread you’ll see I already said so.
It really isn’t as rude in my opinion. Design Twitter already has a reputation, beginning designers don’t. I have no power over the design community the way he does, and the design community is not all on Twitter. I am calling out in specific how I’m disappointed in designer behavior on Twitter (mine included!).
I'm still getting tripled comment notifications on my profile page, and after going back to the page the latest comment shown is from 2 years ago. Let's fix the broken stuff too!
I mostly agree with your sentiments here. I wouldn't say I'm physically angry over it, more lightly offended and calling it out in a stupid way. In the real world I would probably have had a healthier reaction than I did on Twitter, and I agree it is unfortunate that these otherwise great tools and communities can create such ease of anger and outrage.
I still think we should point out when people can have a healthier way of sharing an opinion, and fortunately more thoughtful designers than I did so.
I don't have any design heroes, just designers whose work and personalities I respect to varying degrees. I think it is important to remember that as you said these are all still fallible people (I'm not sure I would go so far to say everyone is shitty people). But I know lots of fallible people who don't put down others who are just trying to improve themselves.
It's also a bit contradictory to my own beliefs that the design community has gotten too soft and overreacts to any kind of criticism that is not floated in a cloud of puffy compliments and excuses. For example I disagree with many of Eli Schiff's critiques on design, but I find Design Twitter's reaction to him to be far more pathetic and hypocritical.
We need more level headed designers like you who can engage with someone without dividing everything into good and evil. So thanks for that!
I agree my reply was petty, I was pissed at how he is putting down designers trying to get started and replied without thinking. I own my mistakes and don’t delete them to pretend they didn’t happen.
Considering some very well respected designers replied to him and called him out on it more eloquently than I did, I would say THEY CARE.
This guy is a role model for a lot of designers and I think it’s unfortunate that he displays such a dismissive and callous attitude.
How does he have a point? I have met fantastic designers and gotten great references at design meet ups and I would never call those people “hopeless” or “desperate” like he did.
Furthermore he blocked me, I don’t block people who take issue with one of my opinions.
I said “Jesus, why do I follow you? Design Twitter sucks.” Not my proudest tweet, but far from a horrible insult. Other designers like Jessica Hische were more eloquent than I was in calling him out.
When the guy who created Semplice Tweets stuff like this I really don't want to have much to do with his work. Of course he blocked me on Twitter when I reacted to it, fortunately a number of other designers I actually respect called him out on it (probably in a healthier way than I did).
I have the same hesitations regarding building a whole design system in Framer when so few tools, plugins, etc are available for it the way they are for Sketch or even Figma.
I also am falling in love with Vue, and as much as I am fine with React I like the direction tools like Hadron are going in where they don't tie themselves to a specific framework.
That is fascinating, although I'm not sure the designers will appreciate if I call their color palette the "crushed bug palette".
I do like the idea of natural dyes. It's being used in relatively "flat"design but brings a much less digital feel to it.
What do we call this new color palette that sites like this, Dropbox, and others such as https://www.emcap.com/ are using?
They're kind of earthy and fleshy, and not very saturated.
I'm still trying to decide if I like this color trend. It makes me think of paint?
I wonder Framer handles trying a variety of different approaches to a design by duplicating artboards. In the real world my Sketch or Figma docs never look like the perfect ones you see in marketing websites where every page is done once and linked up into a beautiful prototype. In reality you end up with 5 duplicates of the same artboard with different approaches to a particular component.
I'm waiting for a tool that provides something like artboard "alternates" where I can use the same artboard but switch it out with different versions of the same concept. That way my canvas remains clean and makes it easier to prototype with the various alternates.
Be nice. Or else.
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