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Andy Merskin

Andy Merskin

Denver Senior Designer & Developer Joined over 4 years ago

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  • Posted to Apple updates MacBook Pro with faster performance and new features for pros, in reply to Brian Hinton , Jul 12, 2018

    Yup, there's no way I'm considering it until the keyboard is confirmed better or changed altogether. I'm not messing around with $2000+.

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  • Posted to Apple updates MacBook Pro with faster performance and new features for pros, in reply to Todd Cantley , Jul 12, 2018

    13-inch: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 / 655

    15-inch: Radeon Pro 555X / 560X (4GB) w/ dynamic switching to Intel UHD Graphics 630

    2 points
  • Posted to An alternative to the Hamburger Menu: The Link Bar, Jul 03, 2018

    I mean, sometimes people want a hotdog link instead of a burger at a BBQ. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    7 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: If you don't like or don't want to code can you help me understand why?, in reply to Johan Ronsse , Jun 11, 2018

    Oh absolutely, I'd agree. But assuming the OP is getting into the web stack, the broader frameworks and way of working changes frequently, which has a significant effect on working in teams and the way developers approach and reason about their code.

    A baseline knowledge of HTML / CSS / JS is absolutely necessary to navigate the changing climate with confidence, though. :)

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  • Posted to What was your first design tool? This one was mine., Jun 11, 2018

    Hmm, this one's tricky to answer for me...

    When I was around 8 or 9, I attempted to prototype my own operating system using Broderbund PrintMaster 3, as it allowed HTML linking between "pages", even if it was meant for greeting cards and such.

    For designing, prototyping, and building actual applications I started with The Games Factory by Clickteam, and eventually moved to Multimedia Fusion 1.5 Pro which had more capabilities and better suited for applications. At around age 14, I started attempting to build the equivalent to Valve's Steam or the Mac App Store for Windows apps using MMF 1.5, and even tried my hand at creating an alternative markup language for vendors to create custom marketing pages for their apps.

    Sadly I found that MMF wasn't quite powerful enough to pull something like that off, despite it having some pretty great networking plugins. But in terms of UI design, grids, layout tools, etc. blended with a visual, event-based programming system, it was amazing to learn on!

    Clickteam is responsible for making me a UI/UX designer today.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: If you don't like or don't want to code can you help me understand why?, in reply to Maiken v V. , Jun 07, 2018

    I think with the stack changing so much, it's wiser to pick a technology and run with it for a while, even if it's considered "outdated". So if you want to pick up Vue.js right now, and for some reason in 2-3 years it loses its popularity... eh ¯_(ツ)_/¯ keep using it!

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  • Posted to What's your team's design stack?, May 30, 2018

    For my current client, we use:

    • Illustrator (yes, for UI design, and yes, we prefer it over Sketch or anything else!)
    • InDesign for decks / books
    • Tumult Hype 3 (for clickable, high-fid, guided demos)
    • InVision (for quickly testing click paths)
    • In-house design/image presentation webapp
    • Cornerstone (for SVN to store design assets / projects)

    General tools: - JIRA, Confluence, HipChat (the Atlassian stack) - Google Drive / Docs / Sheets

    Other tools, depending on the client: - Sketch - InVision - Marvel

    The nice thing is, since our team of 50+ designers have so many clients, it's really up to our smaller teams to decide what we like best and use it, for the most part. We have a lot of flexibility in choosing our tools here, aside from storage or anything cloud-based (which does limit our options, due to security and audits).

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  • Posted to What's your team's design stack?, in reply to Thiago Duarte , May 30, 2018

    Any qualms with Box? Our team is considering using it, potentially migrating away from an internal SVN server to store our assets (thank the lawd).

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