Koos Looijesteijn

Berlin Expert Design Lead Joined about 1 year ago

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  • Posted to What is this style called? , in reply to Niels B , Nov 16, 2018

    Khoi Vinh called that the monoculture of SV or something

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  • Posted to Do you use design decision logs?, Nov 08, 2018

    Not as much as I’d like to. I often spec designs on Confluence, one feature per page. Those pages often have discarded versions and the rationale behind the decisions. But after an interview with Ray Dalio convinced me everyone should log all important decisions: - to be more aware of the decisions we otherwise often make subconsciously - to not fool ourselves into thinking we’re smart by ignoring bad decisions we’ve made in the past - to learn what decision making process work well

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  • Posted to Making custom fonts: how and why—It's easier than I thought!, in reply to Johannes Neumeier , Oct 29, 2018

    Hi Johannes, thanks for your comments. I'm sorry the post didn't live up to your expectations. When coming up with the title, I hoped that those who know the difference between font and typeface would know what it would be about and those who don't would be pleasantly surprised it wasn't about creating whole new typefaces but about something they can apply themselves.

    My post doesn't recommend taking an existing font and outlining it in its entirety and then presenting or selling it as a new, original design on its own. That I would find unethical. Taking glyphs and combining or modifying them in other ways then putting them on straight lines is extremelycommon though. My post only recommends saving part of such designs as a separate font file instead of an image. The visual end result can be the same, the only differences are in how accessible a web page would be and how the page is put together from a technical point of view. Neither of which should affect the original typeface designer's moral rights, in my opinion. Unless their terms of use clearly prohibit that. Would be a hard sell, I guess!

    As for the legal aspect, you're raising an issue I haven't spent enough time with. In fact, I should add something to the post to make readers aware of that. I did check Wikipedia though, where I read that in several countries, including the USA, typefaces aren't protected by copyright law. There fonts are considered and protected like software. I assume that means that converting a font to another vector format removes that protection. Just like copying and modifying parts of, say, Amazon's checkout flow for a retail website's interaction design is allowed, but copying copyright protected Javascript is not.

    The SIL License you're referring to could be quite problematic to many designers:

    Original Version" refers to the collection of Font Software components as distributed by the Copyright Holder(s).

    "Modified Version" refers to any derivative made by adding to, deleting, or substituting — in part or in whole — any of the components of the Original Version, by changing formats or by porting the Font Software to a new environment.


    2) Original or Modified Versions of the Font Software may be bundled, redistributed and/or sold with any software, provided that each copy contains the above copyright notice and this license.

    That could even apply to the practice of outlining a document before sending it to a print shop. Which is actually what some DRM protected fonts require and is recommended by their publishers! How do you see that?

    Thanks again!

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  • Posted to How can I improve this Big Timer app for workshops?, in reply to Jesse Martin , Oct 20, 2018

    I didn't forget about this and finally got around fixing it. I decided to make a custom font for it, because I couldn't find a number font matching what I was looking for. I just wrote a blog post about the process. I haven't updated the app yet though.

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  • Posted to My big tool comparison: Sketch, Figma, Adobe XD, UXPin and InVision Studio., in reply to Alex Hazel , Aug 17, 2018

    Hi Alex, what parts specifically are outdated?

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  • Posted to My big tool comparison: Sketch, Figma, Adobe XD, UXPin and InVision Studio., Aug 17, 2018

    Thanks to the feedback I got here and elsewhere, I was able to correct mistakes. I also included a bit more on animation in the post.

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  • Posted to My big tool comparison: Sketch, Figma, Adobe XD, UXPin and InVision Studio., in reply to Darren Treat , Aug 17, 2018

    I guess you mean Figma and InVision Studio having Electron apps and not real native apps? Contrary to what I expected, I haven't found that to affect performance. In fact, Sketch (about which they say there's no Windows version because they can only make it perform well on Mac) seems to be the slowest with files with lots of screens, especially when zooming and panning. Opening a design in Figma can take several seconds, but I do that only a few times a day.

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  • Posted to My big tool comparison: Sketch, Figma, Adobe XD, UXPin and InVision Studio., in reply to Charles Patterson , Aug 17, 2018

    Sure, let's continue in DMs!

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  • Posted to Learn how a Microsoft designer built an internal Icon Library in his spare time, in reply to Jackie Chui , Aug 17, 2018

    Haha nice, it seems you had a good time doing it. I was a bit grumpy when I read it and thought why the hell does a company of that size need somebody to do a project that big in their spare time. I take it back though.

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  • Posted to My big tool comparison: Sketch, Figma, Adobe XD, UXPin and InVision Studio., in reply to Charles Patterson , Aug 17, 2018

    Thanks Charles! I can see how you wouldn't agree with my verdict, but I was still on Version 0.94.20 from July 24. Would you recommend using InVision Studio today on production work?

    Keyframe animation is in the feature comparison table, but I could highlight that in the text better.

    Is there anything that I missed that would affect my recommendations?

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