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Joe Alfonso

Joe Alfonso

Seattle Interface Prototyper / Designer Joined about 4 years ago Joe has invited Carlos Santiago

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  • Posted to I am thinking about going from Sketch to Figma.. Any inputs about that?, Jun 20, 2018

    I just made the same switch 2 weeks ago as a personal challenge to learn a new too.

    One of the big things I like is the additional Open Type text features. It's really nice when doing table design and is you have a certain use cases that aren't super common, but are nice to be able to address when they do come up.

    For me personally, I've found the performance to be better than Sketch recently.

    The lack of plugin integration, especially for auto-filling in image content is missed I will say and can slow you down a ton if you have a high volume of images. I've started to create image libraries which have added time but also value. So it's a wash right no, but Sketch is still much more popular with integrations.

    Sketch cloud never worked for me, so sharing was a challenge, Figma makes collaborating, commenting and viewing easier without requiring a login.

    Figma also mirrors on devices more more reliably in my opinion which is super big for me, as I like to see what I'm working on will look like when applied.

    Recently I saw a friend and we worked together. He didn't have a laptop so he used the web version of figma on a chromebook. It wasn't ideal, but it worked. The device ambiguity is really nice when working with people who don't have access to high end equipment.

    Best of luck and I hope you enjoy it.

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  • Posted to Ask DN : What are the core problems while working with Type for any project?, Jun 07, 2018

    I recently made the switch to FIgma for some work due to a more robust typeface and Opentype toolset. Having the options for vertical alignment, proportional and tabular characters is really nice too.

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  • Posted to It's 2018 and Material Design still uses a floppy disk as a Save icon, Jun 01, 2018

    Fair point, but do you have any solutions you would propose? Any shared affordances or mental models that people might have developed?

    In reference to one of the discussions in here, instant saving is still something very new to people. Seeing the save explicitly happen creates a security for the user and assures them. I work with teachers and students, and even though we instantly save, and have informed the users, having an explicit "saving..." state almost always tests better. A little off topic of the icon case, but having a save function, at least for now, is still very valuable. Of course after a while products needs to dictate this change and press through the discomfort and feedback, knowing when and where to remove it is difficult. It's a gradual change like anything else.

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  • Posted to Used Flinto and After Effects, both, to create this. Source files in comment., in reply to Sahil Dave , Mar 24, 2018

    Nice explanation and thought process, just wanted to point out though that 36dp is good for the button but the tappable target should be 48dp on Android. Depending on density it's 44px for the web under a11y and Apple, 48px for Windows and 7mm on physical devices.

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  • Posted to iMac Pro Now Available, in reply to Marc Edwards , Dec 15, 2017

    They want a box like the cheese grater Mac Pros

    Opening up those boxes was a dream. They were some of the nicest cases to mess around with.

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  • Posted to Why you shouldn’t UX test by gender, in reply to Andrew C , Oct 14, 2017

    That's what I was thinking. I've only ever see it use as a segment in demographic data. Seems like a made up problem for an article.

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  • Posted to Have you ever paid for something with Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency? , Sep 14, 2017

    Interesting you bring this up. I just saw one in a local pizza parlor in Jersey City a month ago. I didn't pay, but I thought it was an interesting location for one. Nothing else about the place indicates they would have such a modern way to pay. Great pizza too!

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  • Posted to How to become a better designer, in reply to Ken M (No, not that one) , Jul 17, 2017

    I'm so confused. I feel like it's a bot.

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  • Posted to Any rock climbers out there?, Jun 26, 2017

    Been climbing for a while and a fellow designer. Would love to talk.

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  • Posted to My new website about hip hop, in reply to Thomas Michael Semmler , Jun 22, 2017

    Damn Thomas, this is great. I read this all just for personal learning.

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