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over 7 years ago from Joel Califa, Senior Product Designer at GitHub

  • Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, over 7 years ago

    Clever Title :D

    That said, I can understand why Americans might like the moth/day/year format. They say "January, the 6th of 2016". In German though, you say its "the 6th (of) January 2016" (der 6. Jänner 2016). Similar in french, where you say "the 6 of January 2016" (le 6 janvier 2016).

    To that, I definitely plan my life according to the day. I get my salary on the 1st, have to pay my rent on the 5th, and all the other bills are automatically paid on certain dates as well. Everything here is on a monthly, or bi-monthly basis, whereas in the US, as I understand it, a lot of things are on a weekly basis.

    I don't think the argument, that you lack context on the day number alone because you need the month first, is that relevant, while surely factually true. But I think, when humans see a date-pattern, they see three numbers at the same time and the brain sorts their meaning according to the learned pattern. Which is why I have huge issues with, for example 6/10/15. To me, that means 6th of October, to an american it means the 10th of June. That also ties in with your thinking voice that literally pronounces the date you see, even when you don't consciously hear it. And in my thoughts I hear "6th of october", not "october 6th". Its just not that relevant, because it purely depends on cultural influence :D

    All that said, I truly wanna thank you for some good, original content. You don't see this too often on I love the fact, that you used the border-bottom-color to consistently indicate month, day and year. That's design used to enhance content, not to decorate it - it's such a little thing, but I love that! And I love the fact that it didn't appear on stupid medium :3

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    • Joel CalifaJoel Califa, over 7 years ago

      Hey, thanks for the thoughtful feedback! I think I agree with you about people taking in dates as a whole rather than reading number by number, but that doesn't mean you're not backtracking mentally to put the day inside the month (unless you are, like you said, focused on day-to-day). Obviously a lot of this is subjective!

      Anyway, even if people take the date in as a whole, I don't think that's reason enough to stop trying to make things better. I'm not surprised that a lot of the feedback here has been "if it aint broke..." but I do wish people were more open to questioning conventions.

      Really glad you enjoyed the article and the design! Thanks for the feedback :)

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