Ben Gifford

Ben Gifford

New York City Cowboy Joined about 2 years ago

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  • Posted to Top 10 most deadly CSS mistakes made by new and experienced designers, in reply to Taylor Palmer , Jul 30, 2019

    That's not quite fair: the author didn't recommend that, and was instead attempting to illustrate the challenge of a system where there are multiple possible—and allowed—ways of achieving the same perceived end result.

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  • Posted to GitHub for photos. Create the stock photos together., Jul 11, 2019

    I still can't tell if icons8 is serious, or just a very well-funded troll.

    AI enhanced imagery 1

    AI enhanced imagery 1

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  • Posted to Abstract raises $30M, Mar 22, 2019

    Zzzzz

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  • Posted to Sketch, maker of popular design tool, just landed $20 million in funding, in reply to Andrew C , Mar 20, 2019

    This is they way I've felt. There's a lot of hype on here about Figma, but I'm hard pressed to find serious design teams (read: large, tech titans) that aren't heavily—if not near exclusively—on Sketch.

    That being said, having tried Figma after a couple of these responses, I will say there are some things that I'm really liking, but also a few big gaps. Hard to say yet if they hype is warranted. we'll see how it pans out …

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  • Posted to Sketch, maker of popular design tool, just landed $20 million in funding, in reply to Nelson Taruc , Mar 20, 2019

    Thank you for the excellent answer.

    I like the idea of a tool that's more integrated—having to involve other parties for more robust prototyping or discussion/collaboration is cumbersome at best.

    I've decided to take the workflow for a spin on the design of a new component we need that has a number of states and interactions. So far I'm very happy with the prototyping and collaboration, while the jury is still out on speed of workflow (for me, that's a heavy reliance on data, layer styles, and components-within-components).

    I appreciate the nudge.

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  • Posted to Sketch, maker of popular design tool, just landed $20 million in funding, in reply to Ashish Bogawat , Mar 15, 2019

    Everyone keeps saying that Sketch is playing catch up. As someone who tried Figma ages ago, could you explain to me how its now better than Sketch?

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  • Posted to While learning design, I collected 100+ design tools. Please add what's missing:, Feb 15, 2019

    Wow, I had no idea we had so many tools at our disposal. Thank you for putting this list together.

    I'd love to know what the "charter" of this project is … is it to collect any and all available tools used by designers? To provide a curated list of "industry standard" tools?

    Also: what are the boundaries? Are workshop techniques considered tools? What about analytical software?

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  • Posted to While learning design, I collected 100+ design tools. Please add what's missing:, in reply to Brian Moon , Feb 15, 2019

    Yeah, you can do that yourself.

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  • Posted to Moose Photo Creator: A Tool to Create Realistic Stock Photos for Your Story, Jan 25, 2019

    Well, this is … weird.

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  • Posted to React is for Designers, in reply to Anmol Bahl , Aug 29, 2018

    Art changed radically as new “technologies”—think mirrors, camera obscura, chemicals—were adopted by artists looking to strengthen their ability to tell their stories. At the time, many of those techniques were controversial, but looking back, we see a steady continuity of evolution.

    I would argue that it’s critically important for us, as designers, to be constantly assessing our tools and our attachment to them, asking whether they’re still the best ones for serving our audience and allowing us to accomplish our goals.

    Nothing to do with unicorn-ism, more to do with the pure function of design: as an interpreter and communicator seeking.

    Know your currency, yes … but a designer’s currency is their ability to solve a problem, regardless of tool. Some will be more effective with Sketch, others with React, others with paper only.

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