Koos Looijesteijn

Berlin Joined almost 3 years ago

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  • Posted to Strings: A writer-friendly tool for editing your app’s copy, in reply to Jasper Platz , Aug 07, 2020

    Hi Jasper, that looks very promising! What I miss for it to become useful for me:

    • Integration with Figma
    • Translations

    What I think could be a problem (and why I really want Figma integration) is that the strings are not shown in context. Let's say we use 'Go' as a call to action in several places and then realize that's not a very good button label. How do we know which ones to change to "Sign up now" and "Send"?

    About the commit messages: in my experience people find it difficult to write good commit messages. To be honest, I would also find it difficult to come up with a more useful example than used in the video: 'Demo test' without spending a significant amount of time on commit messages. Perhaps the default message should not be editable? Perhaps the default message could provide context to the developer? Perhaps the default message should have the same pattern that it has already, but authors can add an additional, optional comment that is used in the second line of the commit message?

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  • Posted to Can you review my website?, Aug 03, 2020

    Hey Mark, because it's already 2 months ago that you asked this and there's nothing specific you're asking for, here a few first impressions:

    • Your name is not to be found on the website, which I find really strange for a personal website. Also you mention you work for a leading agency, but not which one, which makes it not so relevant to me.
    • "I noticed that there are little blogs with a focus on the visual aspect of design that educate designers to create more beauty. I hope to fill that gap. " I love that focused goal, but I don't really see it reflected in your posts.
    • The post preview images are mostly meaningless to me. I'd rather have more posts in the archive. Lazy loading images may help if you want to reduce page load time.
    • All in all it looks like quickly put together using a template (you don't need 'topics' with the small number of posts, "Receive an email when we have new knowledge?" doesn't look like it's written by you,
    • You could make more attractive post titles that are shorter and tell the reader what's in it for them. I don't care that you read a book a week and that you cancelled your Medium subscription ;-)
    • No RSS mentioned, so I'm not adding you to my feeds!
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  • Posted to Big Timer: the best countdown timer for workshops?, in reply to Raluca Partenie , Jan 07, 2020

    No :)

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  • Posted to I redesigned Wikipedia to be more readable, let me know what you think!, Aug 13, 2019

    If you create a Wikipedia account, you can choose the mobile style as a default. That one is much less cluttered. You can also add custom CSS there so you don’t need that plugin.

    I tried to figure out what the design process is at Wikipedia. I still don’t fully understand it, but it involves a lot of consensus building and making little changes. Looks like design by committee, where the committee is hundreds if not thousands of volunteers.

    I found the reason for why there’s no max-width applied to the main body text on two discussion pages. A few people didn’t like it for reasons unrelated to legibility (‘I have a huge 21” screen and want to use all of it’—this was several years ago).

    Just like in many other projects, the real design challenge is not about the graphic design, but about putting a user-centered design process in place.

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  • Posted to What do you call this type of interaction?, Apr 30, 2019

    I can’t see the image, but going by your description, “pannable canvas” or “endless canvas” perhaps?

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  • Posted to Any research or case study for dark mode UI?, Apr 11, 2019

    Consider that your users may use nightshift/f.lux because they don’t want to look at blue light in the evening. I also found that especially dark blues tend to look very different with those modes enabled. It really becomes greenish, even when you’re used to the white balance shift.

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  • Posted to How Do You Abbreviate "Yesterday" in Your Designs?, Mar 13, 2019

    To me they’re all confusing! Perhaps something like ‘12h ago?’

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  • Posted to As a UI designer, I want to start writing. But where do I start?, in reply to Alex Camp , Jan 31, 2019

    You’re welcome!

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  • Posted to As a UI designer, I want to start writing. But where do I start?, Jan 26, 2019

    Hi Alex, what do you want to actieve with your writing? If it’s content marketing, if makes sense to write to the interests of your target group. I write mainly for myself and to just share whatever I’ve learned recently. The for myself part works best when I publish it in some form, because it makes me more careful to check sources, see the other side of things and it forces me to be precise in my writing and thus thinking.

    As for topics I’d like designers to write about: less about tools and outcomes, more about ethics, collaboration, future visions, inclusiveness, design as a profession, aesthetics and applied behavior psychology.

    For my own writing I use my notes app to collect ideas. I let them sit there for a while and whenever I have time, I go through them and pick one that I believe I can write something about from a perspective I haven’t seen before.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: I'd like your feedback on a bottom navbar proof-of-concept, Jan 19, 2019

    I think the usefulness of the concept depends on the application and users, so I’d try to do a bunch of tests with actual people.

    My impression: 1. If the tabs look like tabs I guess they’re familiar enough. Right now they look like actions, the plus button in the center adds to that. 2. I find it counterintuitive to scroll up to get the bottom nav.

    I like the creativity in the solution to work around that awful iOS Safari behavior. I don’t think it solves the problem you’re stating though. In the initial solution with the standard bottom nav, they’re a clear indication for users where to tap. In your new solution there isn’t. Another problem you had with the initial solution was that there are two actions necessary that aren’t 100% intuitive, because the buttons jump. With the new solutions you haven’t really solved that: it still requires 2 actions and the behavior of the nav appearing and disappearing is likely less predictable as it’s not standard iOS Safari behavior.

    But that’s just me.

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