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Trackpad :) I find touchpad time wasting, i'd rather have a mouse if my hand will leave the keyboard anyway. I guess I got used to it in time because the old magic mouse was disconnecting easily and I was getting frustrated. Now, sometimes I even forget about the mouse even if I have it next to my computer. Wrist hurt is a possible outcome obviously, but I'm quite comfortable, could be related to desk/chair height as well. The desk is 5-10 cm higher than my chair and I usually place my macbook on the edge of the desk with a small gap that I can put my wrist in a slightly diagonal way.
Actually I even played Counter-Strike once with the trackpad when I forgot to take my mouse with me, wasn't my best game but nothing is impossible :D
Mouse + external keyboard when I use a second screen. Otherwise, trackpad.
It's one of the best teams I worked with, sound like a cliche but a company that makes you learn something everyday. Not remote but flexible WFH days and unlimited holiday policy.
This. Exactly the same thing what I told to a friend who spent 2 days on a task after a very positive interview and got frustrated after he was rejected.
If you're a freelancer, it's a different thing - but if it's a fulltime position at a company you really want to work for, then it should be ok unless you spend more than a day or two. It's also good for the designer to see what kind of tasks you're going to deal with when you get the job. It's annoying to get rejected even if you deliver something good, but well, shit happens.
I personally try to give tasks that wouldn't take more than a day. Sometimes it turns out (especially with less experienced designers) the designer comes up with a better design than I expect compared to her/his portfolio and I immediately stop my search to hire her/him.
The important bit is to measure if the position/company is worth your effort. If it's the right company, they'll pay you back in experiences that are more valuable than 8 hours of your life.
"Scale down images to fit Artboard" At last.
I used raindrop for a while, then they increased the price in a nonsense way so i switched to eagle recently and it's the best tool i've used so far.
While focusing on other things rather than your portfolio (like having a decent proposal and mentioning the value you can add for their business) is definitely a good advice, killing your portfolio isn't really a good one. You can still talk about how you're going to increase conversion rate with an online portfolio, and in fact, having proper case studies online increases your chance to be discovered by clients "out of nowhere".
I've worked as a freelancer for 2 years without a decent online portfolio (because of NDAs and clients not able to raise funds to launch the product), and it was such a pain to send them a 55mb pdf all the time. Then I updated my website and had 240% revenue increase in a year. Obviously, these things work differently for everyone.
Considering how many times Sketch crashed in the last few weeks because of Craft (it's up to date and it's not only me), I'd not really suggest that. I understand Invision team is busy with launching Studio, but we still need to use Sketch & Craft without restarting the app 10 times a day.
My annual InVision subscription ends in a week, so for a moment I thought about making the switch - then I discovered the 'handoff' feature is only available to companies but not to freelancers/small studios. $42/m? Thanks.
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