Darren Krape

Seattle, WA Sr. UX Designer at Amazon Joined over 5 years ago

  • 2 stories
  • 69 comments
  • 113 upvotes
  • Posted to How i used my product skills to increase revenue from a side project, Oct 07, 2019

    Good post. It was great to see your process and how they led to results.

    One quick suggestion: At the start of your article, mention what your business is and probably also link to your Etsy storefront. When I first started reading, I didn't actually know what your business was.

    1 point
  • Posted to DesignerNews is almost dead, Oct 07, 2019

    Where do you go now for community like this?

    I've joined a few Slack channels, but mostly they've been regional or otherwise not quite a good fit.

    2 points
  • Posted to New site design., Aug 29, 2019

    Great design. I particularly love the color choices.

    1 point
  • Posted to The Original Kindle Was Crazy, Aug 10, 2019

    Love seeing early versions of products.

    Great reminder of how importation iteration and evolution is with product design. Getting it right is early is important, but more important is often getting something out there, seeing how it is working, improving it, then rinse and repeat.

    2 points
  • Posted to Sketch for Teams beta is out now, in reply to Adam Fisher-Cox , Jul 26, 2019

    Specifically:

    Will I need a Sketch License to use Sketch for Teams? If you join Sketch for Teams as a contributor, you’ll get access to the Mac app (along with regular updates) as part of your team’s subscription. In other words, no more license keys!

    0 points
  • Posted to 3 Good Practices to Display An Empty State, Jul 26, 2019

    Pretty decent article actually. I like showing the three points in the examples in the end too.

    A few thoughts:

    1. That is one creepy looking subway car. Not sure the point of that image relating to the rest of the image, but it sets a weird tone.
    2. Not sure adding "visuality" is more important than #3. Also, I'm not sure any of the examples actually "[draw] a strong image or pattern in users’ minds on how to use the feature".
    3. The "Try Free Now" at the end comes out of nowhere. If you want people to click it to check out your service, you should probably add some context.
    0 points
  • Posted to Design studio for startups, in reply to Brian Moon , Jul 26, 2019

    I had the same feeling.

    Additionally, the chat process to get a quote had two main issues:

    1. It felt very slow. After every question I had to wait several seconds while it showed the "..." typing animation. Obviously, no one is actually typing (though maybe some people would be fooled), so this is unnecessary. I could have gotten through the same flow with progressive check-boxes in half the time.
    2. The person filling this out probably won't know exactly what they need, but this gives the sense that each of the items are uniquely priced out (e.g., color consulting costs $X), which seems excessive.
    1 point
  • Posted to Portfolio Decks: Yay or Nay?, in reply to Fred Zaw , Apr 02, 2019

    This is my experience, both from interviewing other designers and applying for roles myself.

    When I'm applying for roles, I certainly like having a prepared portfolio desk to go through for several reasons: It helps guide the conversation better than going through a less structured website, I can focus attention much more strongly on specific elements/screens/points, and (importantly) it works offline and is very reliable across computers, connections, etc.

    When I'm involved in hiring, I generally find designers that have spent the time to do a dedicated deck have a better portfolio review for the reasons I noted above.

    Of course, these tools will suit different people in different ways, so I certainly don't think my approach is the only, or even best.

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  • Posted to Does anyone have experience, good or bad, buying Refurbished Apple products?, Mar 25, 2019

    I bought an iPad Mini several years ago and it looked pretty indistinguishable from a new while being a decent bit cheaper (I'd have to check the difference). The warranty may have been different, but I've generally found Apple products to be so reliable that I wasn't worried. Overall, it was definitely a good experience and would recommend it.

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