Richard Sison

Richard Sison

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

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  • 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
  • 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.

    2 points
  • 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...

    0 points
  • 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?

    0 points
  • Posted to Good version control tools for designers, in reply to Brian Moon , Jul 16, 2018

    Ah right. Regarding the library affecting all branches, I can't see any way around that other than trying to separate library updates before anyone else does their work?

    Are you using Invision for anything else other than designer-development handover…? Invision's core feature is its prototyping. The only one that comes close in that regarding (with a Sketch workflow) is Marvel. Marvel also has a handover functionality, though I can't speak to how good it is.

    If you're just trying to replace the Inspect feature though, Zeplin is much better in my opinion. Even with a paid Invision subscription, I have a Zeplin subscription for development handover. I'd recommend Zeplin if the only feature you need to use from Invision is Inspect.

    But Abstract is also going to be releasing a handover feature soon-ish. Which I'm guessing you're waiting for too.

    I'm keen to see what it's like. Though I still like having Zeplin as the platform for handover. My Sketch files (and Invision too) tend to be messier than is required for developers due to the versions that float around and the mini-deliverables to clients. Zeplin affords you an environment to keep things separate and clean for your developers. I like that about it.

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  • Posted to Good version control tools for designers, Jul 16, 2018

    I'm an Abstract user and while there have been some little bugs I've run into, it's fairly solid.

    Where does it fall short for your team or what answer are you looking for exactly?

    4 points
  • Posted to Best Email Clients 2018, Jun 28, 2018

    Newton mail is apparently meant to be amazing. But I just can't justify a subscription. Not yet at least. I use Postbox (Mac) for work and Spark for personal. I really like having separate mail clients for work and personal (the notifications badge gets out of control when everything is aggregated…)

    I've been a long time user of Postbox for Mac. It just suits how I like to use my work email. Its "Quick Move" feature is great for organising emails into folder quickly (though creating sub-folders is a bit of a task).

    I also like how Postbox renders my emails. For some reason, whenever I try to use bullets in Spark, sometimes it gets it right, sometimes it doesn't.

    0 points
  • Posted to Webflow or Sketch (with Marketch), Jun 14, 2018

    If you're already using Sketch and need to work out the handover process, Zeplin is my tool of choice over Invision's Inspect. I just feel it's a simpler, easier interface.

    I also find it's easier for developers to navigate as Zeplin has fewer artboards uploaded. Invision is a prototyping environment for us so it has a lot of wireframes and concepts which don't make it to Zeplin.

    Though if you're after an offline solution, Marketch hasn't been updated in ages. I much prefer Sketch Measure in a pinch if I'm having terrible connection.

    0 points
  • Posted to Made a guide on how to do good UX research, would love any feedback, May 31, 2018

    Mate, this is amazing! Instant bookmark.

    The suggestion for a site search is also a fantastic idea.

    Good job!

    0 points
  • Posted to What does your portfolio look like? (Personal site or PDF), May 25, 2018

    Hey mate,

    So a few things:

    • Quality of quantity: Aim for 5-8 of your strongest portfolio pieces which provide a good indication of the jobs you want to apply for. If you're applying for UX-related roles, make sure to provide details of the thought process, research and decisions that led to the end result (and what the results were if possible). If you're applying for visual roles, make sure the details stand out — though don't show every screen.
    • Format - PDF vs Website: This is a tricky one. When I was putting my portfolio together 10 months ago, it was the first portfolio I'd put together in 10 years. I assumed that the interview game had changed and websites were the norm. What I found out was that this wasn't really true (at least not in Australia). I ended up coding my own portfolio (which took a lot of effort) but all of the job applications had somewhere to upload a PDF — providing a link (especially a link with a password protection like mine) was actually more of an inconvenience than a PDF.

    TLDR: When it comes to portfolios, it's all about quality over quantity and in whatever format you're more efficient with.

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