JR Halchak

JR Halchak

Front-End Web Developer and Graphic Designer Joined over 7 years ago

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  • Posted to Pentagram Case Study on the Slack Rebrand, Jan 20, 2019

    I can't NOT see a swastika in the negative space.

    1 point
  • Posted to Share your side project that became full time job, in reply to Felix Cruz , Dec 27, 2018

    I'm assuming Kirill is the designer co-founder at unsplash

    3 points
  • Posted to Remote workers, what are your biggest struggles currently?, Oct 08, 2018

    Man this post got blown up by spam but for me the #1 con is that the vast majority of companies are still not remote/distributed first... or results-only environments. Even the ones who will hire remote workers.

    I've worked fully remote and am currently ~99% remote (I drive in every few weeks) but I moved from design into software engineering a few years ago.

    2 of my last three gigs have been on-site oriented companies. This means that they're expecting specific hours. The bonus for them is, you work remotely so you're probably on and available all the time — what's the difference to you working all evening and weekend if you're already "on-location?".

    Since they're on-site they probably use Skype or something instead of one of the hundreds of other, better, tools. But that's only for group meetings, decisions will still be made at the water cooler or the boss' office.

    There's no need to track decisions in a central location because we can just "shout over our desks" to confirm what we're doing.

    Remote work is seen as a life perk in and of itself, and something odd that they allow because the person was good for the job (or something). Not as something that can help organize the work and make employees productive.

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  • Posted to iPhone Xs Website, in reply to Nelson Abalos Jr , Sep 18, 2018

    But they are scrolljacking.

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  • Posted to Remote Work Study 2018: The Anywhere Workers, in reply to John P , Aug 20, 2018

    I'm no longer a designer as I went the engineering route but I've worked between 90-100% remotely for the past couple years and what you describe is a common problem I have on the other end.

    It sounds like your team isn't remote-as-first-class-citizens or results-only. I may be wrong, but it sounds like you're a local team who has added on a few remote guys after the fact.

    Remote's not for everyone, but it helps when the company works like a remote team, even locally. My problems have always been lack of decision tracking (water-cooler decision making), unlogged communication, not understanding how to have remote meetings, not using the tools available to centralize planning/decisions/etc.

    All of those things are beneficial to an onsite-only team but they can kill remote workers. Honestly my main problem is the company starts to treat you (as a remote worker) like your hours are 12AM-11:59PM. But I like the flexibility.

    If it's taking you twice (or fifteen times) as long to explain things and you regulary get "Internet/power's out" happening then maybe you just did get a bad bunch though... or they need to communicate better and move to a better location.

    I'm a remote and results-only apologist and zealot though so take it with a grain of salt.

    1 point
  • Posted to deathtobullshit.com, in reply to Nic Trent , Aug 27, 2015

    This is one of the best websites I've seen in a long time. The pop-up box that makes you call yourself a racist if you close it made me (literally) LOL.

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  • Posted to Modest Modal: Modal plugin that leaves the styling up to the designer. [jQuery], Aug 27, 2015

    Sort of a self plug, apologies. Honestly looking for some feedback though.

    I've always hated how modal plugins had all these built-in themes and class names and all that jazz.

    So I created a modal plugin that literally just pops up content in a centered box over an overlay. You can pass in custom styles or classes to override that too.

    Just curious what you guys think.

    Let me know, whether you hate it, love it, or have any feedback.

    0 points
  • Posted to Quickly import an SVG into Photoshop with Sketch, Sep 25, 2014

    I just randomly discovered this a couple days ago. I didn't expect much but it ended up working beautifully.

    I prefer Photoshop's web exporting although I imagine I should be using actual SVGs more often.

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  • Posted to Housing anywhere hates mobile web, in reply to Tim Gauthier , Apr 07, 2014

    Lol'd at 'or something clever.'

    I think this is actually sort of respectable in some weird way. Better to have no mobile experience than a bad one? With "Anywhere" in your name though, hard to score points with this.

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