Richard Sison

Richard Sison

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

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  • Posted to Myscout | All in one Design Assets Management tool, Apr 08, 2019

    Any indication on pricing post-beta? I understand it's free now but curious on what it'd cost after that. Even just a range… Like if it'll be in the range of $5/10/15/More USD per month.

    With all of my subscriptions at the moment it's my biggest consideration for a tool like this.

    0 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: Usertesting.com alternatives?, in reply to Blake Simkins , Mar 29, 2019

    Yep, I used it for a website prototype and it's fine. It's just the InVision prototype in a wrapper so whatever device you're designing for should be fine (…except for watch UIs I guess)

    But one annoying thing is that you can't set multiple paths for the same task. The links still work, but as far as I know, you can't define multiple paths for when the sequence/goal is slightly different.

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  • Posted to Do you all agree that studio's or agencies should have pricing upfront?, Mar 26, 2019

    This is such a tricky one and honestly, I do understand the intention. But generally speaking, I disagree with showing pricing.

    That said, it would be valuable for clients to have an idea of some sort of price range just to know what to expect (and if it's even in the ballpark of asking further questions). Because they'll see your portfolio and may be interested in pursuing further discussion, and they'll want to know (ideally without a phone call) whether it's in the range for them to even consider (like are you in the 5k, 10k, 50k, 100k or higher range).

    Obviously I get the industry's apprehension (for all of the reasons in the comments and more), but I do see it from the prospective clients' perspective — and it's tricky.

    0 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: Usertesting.com alternatives?, Mar 25, 2019

    Maze.design 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!

    6 points
  • 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.

    2 points
  • 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!

    1 point
  • 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!

    0 points
  • 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).

    -1 points
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