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Wes Oudshoorn

Wes Oudshoorn

Co-founder at AppSignal Joined over 5 years ago via an invitation from Max S.

  • 25 stories
  • 317 comments
  • 9 upvotes
  • Posted to The New Dropbox, in reply to David Hariri , Oct 03, 2017

    I think Dropbox is losing ground because storage is commoditized. Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Amazon Clouddrive.

    You can try to win by having a superior UX experience, or at least be something different. WeTransfer is an example of wildly successful filesharing by just adding a great (design) experience.

    In this redesign, Dropbox is letting their brand to the speaking. I wish they would've worked harder on letting the content of my drive do the speaking. Google Photos is an amazingly nice product. I would like to see more products like that instead of these crazy redesigns.

    16 points
  • Posted to Airbnb Vacation - Seamless Trip Planning Done Right, Jun 16, 2017

    Honestly, the Trello board looked much easier than the busy proposed interface.

    Also, planning vacations with about 50 million things in 10 days is not the way a lot of people in Europe do their vacations :)

    Some of the most valuable tools you have as a product manager is saying "no" and this is a feature that would probably complicate the core experience of AirBnB to the point where their unique value gets lost.

    2 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: Headshot on my resume? , Mar 07, 2017

    Here in The Netherlands, it is pretty acceptable to put a picture on your resume. I think it puts a face to the name, which I find easier when interviewing people.

    I know that we should not judge people by their gender / appearance. Although "blind interviews processes" are a way to limit that, I think that we should be professionals as well and make a conscious effort to make hiring decisions based on merit and culture fit.

    3 points
  • Posted to Stacks: Flexbox for Sketch App (hands on demo), Feb 24, 2017

    Looks amazing, although...

    It almost feels like it's starting to get easier to design in the browser rather than emulating 99% of browser behaviour in a design tool.

    13 points
  • Posted to Dear Client, We Need To Talk, in reply to Lior Frenkel , Feb 20, 2017

    Hi Lior, thanks for your reply.

    I've just read the piece again and I think my main critique still stands. Every "principle" has a great point, but is buried in negatives. It would make me nervous as one of your customers, afraid to do something wrong.

    You see, I've had clients that didn't appreciate my creative work. And I've had clients who've hurt my feelings. Then there's those that pissed me off. I've had projects terminated earlier than expected. And clients that didn't pay for my work. Those that didn't return my calls.

    Hiring a creative isn't like buying a TV or a car.

    Maybe you aren't interested in a high quality end product

    It's disrespectful.

    Please don't ask to see my work every other hour, and I'd ask you not to micro-manage me. I cannot focus when you are looking over my shoulder 24/7. It's stifling.

    Please don't ask me for "A Logo" or "A Viral Video".

    3 points
  • Posted to Dear Client, We Need To Talk, Feb 20, 2017

    One of the things I find hard to read about this article, is that the writer takes the role of the victim. The rules he lays out for his clients are focussed on a better working relationship, but are focussed on his terms, and all that could go wrong if the client does not obey to them.

    • Make sure you have enough money
    • Respect my creative process
    • Just let me do my work, my way
    • Communicate on my terms

    Now it is not wrong to have standards of being "professional" with your clients. But this focusses on all the things that could go wrong, while not inspiring potential clients about the outcome, about all the beautiful stuff that could happen in a great working relationship.

    No we're not products. We're tools. And sometimes the best ROI is a cheap tool, creating something that has been done before, with a pretty fixed scope, price, and less creativity than tackling big problems. And if you're not that kind a designer, that's fine - just say no to those projects. But I know plenty of designers that make a great living, have great client relationships, and don't mind getting a text instead of email from their clients.

    12 points
  • Posted to What is the one thing that vastly improved the way you work?, Jan 17, 2017

    Stopped commenting on DN.

    4 points
  • Posted to How many designs do you usually present to the client?, Jan 13, 2017

    Screw that. I'm showing one. Imagine going to the doctor and getting three different diagnoses or treatment options. NO. Just tell me what's wrong and tell me how to fix it to the best of your ability.

    13 points
  • Posted to What are your biggest obstacles?, Jan 13, 2017

    Energy and plans throughout the day that would benefit a 5 hour night of sleep.

    A natural sleep rhythm of 9 hour nights of sleep.

    Juggling urgent stuff (getting shit done) with long-term stuff (investing in myself).

    Netflix, Twitter and facebook.

    4 points
  • Posted to Sponsor: Indeed Prime — One Job Application, Immediate Exposure to Top Tech Companies, in reply to Max Lind , Jan 10, 2017

    Cool and thanks Maxwell, I was just like severely confused why you'd want 100s of companies calling you. Especially if you have any talent and a lot of companies actually want to talk to you.

    0 points
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