Brian Hinton

Brian Hinton

Florida, United States Director of UX / UI Joined over 5 years ago

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  • Posted to Webflow raises $72M in Series A round, led by Accel, Aug 09, 2019

    Maybe their social media presence, and customer support will improve now.

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  • Posted to Figma Plugins, in reply to Denis Rojcyk , Aug 02, 2019

    I had a similar experience. I tested the pre-release version of Sketch, and I even supported the communities growth as an Admin on Team Sketch back when it was on Slack. But the performance, and kludgy API resulting in plugins breaking with every version update made me look around. Now with Figma it's a universally accessible platform. It just makes sense to spend my money with them.

    2 points
  • Posted to Figma Plugins, in reply to Norm Sheeran , Aug 02, 2019

    You can save any Figma file offline. I've heard that they are developing working offline, but I have no clue when it's planned. And with the Figma API no file is "locked in". You can extract anything within your document to anywhere with a little effort.

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  • Posted to Figma Plugins, in reply to Norm Sheeran , Aug 02, 2019

    It's already being done. Hadron, Framer, Phase, etc. In reality this has been tried for so many years that I'm getting tired of the attempts to "visually code". I want the ability to interface my design tool with code, but not be limited by the restraints of code. I personally love Figma for that flexibility within it's API. I imagine just as Photoshop still is used that all tools will continue to grow, and expand with an ever growing market -- each has it's place.

    1 point
  • Posted to Forgive Me for My Oppressive Lack of Settings, Mar 11, 2019

    Good read. Flexibility is definitely a balance.

    1 point
  • Posted to Redesigning Github repository page, in reply to Marc Edwards , Mar 04, 2019

    I do think some good points are made. But the points are lost in the final version that is actually worse.

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  • Posted to Nicky is an engineer, designer and developer based in New York., Feb 25, 2019

    Inventive for sure. Not readable at all. But it does seem to be a WIP (based on the top...um row in the spreadsheet).

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  • Posted to Ageism in Tech: Why Older Designers Are Better Than Younger Designers, Feb 19, 2019

    A good designer is more than simply age. It's general wisdom, and patience. The ability to communicate, and more importantly listen. As the author says these traits are present at any age, but in general come with time. I'd include an additional point, that with the world's demographic is shifting to 40+ years of age (really older), it's more important than ever to really put a concerted effort into understanding, and catering to the older generations. I've known quite a few agencies that have hired designers over 50 to achieve that perspective. The world isn't young, but varied. Companies should start realizing this, or risk losing grasp of their world presence.

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  • Posted to Figma launches its enterprise tier, which comes with Shared Fonts, unlimited teams, enhanced security, and more, in reply to Pol Kuijken , Feb 03, 2019

    Try using Figma to build a component for a button with horizontally centered icon & text inside of it. This shouldn't be an issue in 2019, but here we are.

    I do think stacks are great. But I can do that fairly easily in Figma with grids and constraints.

    That sounds amazing, and I would love to do the same, but unfortunately, that seems like a luxury only afforded to big companies with virtually unlimited resources. I'm having a hard time imagining smaller companies being able to dedicate the necessary engineer and designer resources required for building this out.

    Very true. That’s the nice thing about Figma. It’s much more incremental. I’ve started with color, and text being defined by Figma. And the advantage with Figma is that you aren’t locked into any single ecosystem that could go the path of jQuery. And designers don’t all have to no how to work with code to modify parts of the system.

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  • Posted to Figma launches its enterprise tier, which comes with Shared Fonts, unlimited teams, enhanced security, and more, in reply to Pol Kuijken , Jan 30, 2019

    Read data in Sketch

    This has always been possible with plugins.

    Stacks in Framer X

    Still don't see this as that much of a benefit, and you are locked into a technical approach of designing instead of freeform. I don't really understand the love of Stacks. Sketch had similar functionality in plugin form, and the larger benefit of the feature is similar to dynamic grids.

    Figma did release exclusive features recently (e.g. API, dynamic grids,...) but ultimately those didn't materialize in significant benefits in daily use

    I can tell you that a number of organizations are using the Figma API to build rapid prototyping with React. Saw some great demos at a conference.

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