Richard Sison

Richard Sison

Sydney, Australia Interaction Designer, Dabbler in Front-end Code and Stickler for Good Microcopy. Joined about 6 years ago via an invitation from Carlos M.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: alternatives?, Mar 25, 2019 is pretty good if you use Sketch.

    But for your information:

    All test participants are English-speaking and mostly US-based. You can filter responses based on sex (all, male, female) and age (18-70) when you place an order.

    Hope that helps!

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  • Posted to Best tool for creating digital service blueprints?, Mar 14, 2019

    I actually think Whimsical does the best job. Their most recent feature release was the Sticky Notes and it's perfect for creating Service Blueprints (provided you're doing the Practical Service Design method actually…)

    Between Mural and Realtimeboard (now Miro), it's just the most intuitive for me. It feels like Trello, but with an infinite canvas.

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  • Posted to What tools do you use for Sitemaps/information architecture?, Jan 30, 2019

    I'd highly recommend checking out Whimsical. It's a really intuitive tool for creating flowcharts and sitemaps. There are other awesome features about it (i.e. awesome at wireframes and sticky notes for remote workshops or collating the outcomes of an in-person workshop) but even if you're just interested in a tool to create diagrams, it's the best out there for me. I've tried Omnigraffle, MindNode and Sketch but they pale in comparison to Whimsical for this task overall.

    Also, depending on what stage you're at for the IA, I suppose you could use the Sticky Notes feature too. If you plan to be moving things around a lot, it might be more appropriate. Basically the Sticky Notes feature feels like moving Trello cards around, but you're not confined to columns like in Trello; you can have "buckets" anywhere on the infinite canvas.

    …And no, I don't work for Whimsical lol

    Oh and Lucidchartseems to be pretty popular among content folks too.

    Hope that helps!

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  • Posted to What do you look for in a note taking app?, in reply to Marc Perel , Jan 24, 2019

    I'm definitely interested enough to kick the tyres on this thing. But honestly I'm pretty reluctant to add another subscription on to the list. If the price is right we'll see… And I have no idea what "right" is. I just know that Evernote is $130AUD per year… and that is ridiculously high for what I use it for. Their free offering is good enough to keep around, but I don't use it as my primary note taking tool anymore just out of principle…

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  • Posted to What do you look for in a note taking app?, Jan 23, 2019

    Ok this looks freaking awesome. One of the features I used most in Evernote was the Quick note menubar dropdown and I always wished it had markdown support.

    Right now I'm using Stickies (macOS default) because I didn't want to have Evernote open just for the dropdown. I'd stopped using Evernote as my note taking tool in favour of Bear because of the price…

    Unfortunately Bear doesn't have a scratchpad though. I'd use Thought Train for a scratchpad alongside Bear as long as it wasn't a subscription and as long as it wasn't a memory hog.

    Looks good!

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  • Posted to Made a small tool for generating mailto links markup, Jan 14, 2019

    Simple and super helpful. It's not something I do very often, but I know the pain of having to do this manually. This'll definitely help out with that. Nice one!

    2 points
  • Posted to What's the best font manager right now? I'm tired of SkyFonts..., Oct 15, 2018

    +1 for FontExplorer X Pro. This is purely because that's what I've been used to and it's hard for me to switch to anything else.

    I tried RightFont but asked for a refund an hour after using it because of things I've come to rely on on FontExplorer Pro. Also tried Typeface but also didn't like it.

    FontExplorer is expensive and it isn't perfect, but I've been using it for over 10 years so a lot of it is familiarity to be honest.

    I'm sure RightFont and Typeface will be good enough for a lot of people. The price is pretty good too. FontBase looks pretty sweet too though I'm always wary on free products (especially for something so essential like font management).

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  • Posted to Dashboard UI Kit 3.0, in reply to Thomas Michael Semmler , Aug 14, 2018

    Yeah, I understand that sentiment. While I never use a UI kit as a building block for a design I'm working, I just love looking at how other designers put stuff together.

    TLDR: I use it for inspiration, not as a starting point.

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  • Posted to Good version control tools for designers, in reply to Tank Xu , Jul 17, 2018

    True, but not with asset extraction as far as I'm aware...? Didn't see it in the release notes from 73. But could've been eclipsed by the sketch data loss drama...

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  • Posted to Good version control tools for designers, in reply to Brian Moon , Jul 17, 2018

    Yeah nice. Flinto is fantastic but prefer it as an interaction prototyping tool rather than flow prototyping.

    The most annoying thing is its discrepancy with features vs Sketch (i.e. no inner shadow comes to mind…). It makes it difficult to keep things in sync and maintained.

    Do you find that or does it perform pretty well?

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