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Thoughts on switching from a product design role to engineering after 15 years

I recently had my first child and as a result, I’m thinking more about the future than I normally would. I realize this is probably the wrong response and maintaining presence is more important than ever but I can’t seem to help it now that I’m responsible for someone other than…

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Building an app for designers to gather UI feedback

Hey everyone, I’ve built a chrome extension to get feedback on any UI: http://pilotui.com/ My team is currently using it to shorten the feedback loop between designers and devs by reporting bugs, layout changes, etc. …

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Why do all design tools cost money?

I was thinking about the difference between the open source front-end community and the design community. Almost all of the tools developers use are free. People build massive projects just to push the whole community forward, for free. Why is it that I'm constantly being…

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How to deal with a situation when client can't let go old brand name?

So, I am working on this interesting project. it's pretty much a business transformation project. New branding, new website, new website features to deal with clients online, new marketing strategy, new business tools. A lot of stuff. The business name change wasn't part of the…

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8pt Grid -- when do you break it?

Does anyone else have troubles where they are trying really hard to perfectly follow 8pt system but then sometimes the line-height or padding just doesn't fit quite right? I find this is especially the case on mobile. Like i almost always end up having a 12px font option. What…

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Design Mentorship - thoughts on fulfilling a growing need and stewarding our…

I've had a lot of thoughts lately about design mentorship and how it seems like it's a growing need that is unique to the field. Is it just me or are senior/lead designers given more expectation to set aside time to mentor junior designs than other professions like engineering…

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What's the best way to build responsive design in sketch, step-by-step?

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Design title levels like: Designer 1, Designer 2, and then Senior Designer, is…

Hello, I was wondering if anyone here has experienced having levels within their design team. I was always aware of the jump from designer or junior designer to senior designer. I have not seen Designer 1, Designer 2 and Designer 3 before a senior designer title. Is this normal…

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Getting started with After Effects for UI Animation

I would love to start with After Effects for UI Animation but I find the software to be super-cumbersome. How did you guys start with it? Any ressources how to learn stuff effectively?

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Feedback on our current website

Hi everyone, we're looking to revamp and improve our existing site: https://sequence.work This version of the site was basically done very quickly (call it MVP or whatever if you will) in order for us to gauge the public interest of our product/solution. We've accomplished that…

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