Dan Coates

Dan Coates

Front end developer Joined over 8 years ago

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  • Posted to Scrumpy – A simple, beautiful and agile project management software, in reply to Ryan Hicks , Apr 26, 2018

    I think the fact that one of the founders of marvel commented below saying it isn't an problem would indicate that it isn't a problem.

    8 points
  • Posted to 2018: What are the alternatives to After Effects for Interaction Design?, Jan 14, 2018

    You could have a look at Fusion: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/au/products/fusion/ it is free and very powerful but is node based rather than linear like AE so might be a bit of a learning curve.

    0 points
  • Posted to I need some constructive criticism on my new website :), in reply to Cihad Turhan , Jul 24, 2017

    I'm assuming that the hidden text is accidental but even so it should be removed or made visible. Hiding text like that is an old school black hat SEO technique that will get the site penalized by search engines.

    10 points
  • Posted to Tilt Hover Effects, in reply to Justin Rands , Nov 23, 2016

    Not necessarily, you could have the parallax effect tied to the device accelerometer rather than a mouse position.

    2 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: Can we please get rid of the utm_source from links?, Oct 03, 2016

    Agreed, it has always bothered me but not quite enough to make a post about it.

    I don't think it serves any purpose because analytic tools like google analytics will use the referrer header to determine where the user came from.

    Referer: https://www.designernews.co/

    The utm_source is more used for site owners to run specific campaigns that need to follow traffic from print or digital media. The google analytics docs specify that utm_source should always be accompanied by utm_campaign and utm_medium.

    When adding parameters to a URL, you should always use utm_source, utm_medium, and utm_campaign. utm_term and utm_content are optional and can be used for tracking additional information:

    So I don't think utm_source is much use on its own.

    It definitely isn't a major problem but if it is easy to remove and isn't serving any purpose then I wouldn't be unhappy to see it gone.

    5 points
  • Posted to Site Design: Famolus, in reply to Herin Kim , Aug 28, 2016

    He's being facetious and referring to the site that we are currently on. Both DN and your site use Avenir and a very similar shade of blue.

    1 point
  • Posted to ASK DN — Grav vs. Jekyll vs. Other, in reply to Thompson George , Aug 03, 2016

    While 'hacking' does have negative connotations these days, a better definition for a 'hacker' is:

    “A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary.”

    The Use a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system. definition refers more to black hat hacking.

    It is a pity that many people think only of the negative meaning of hacking as having the attributes of a hacker in the proper sense of the word is quite admirable.

    This is a good article on the history of the term: http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/a-short-history-of-hack

    Anyway, my actual point is that the OP is correctly using the term hacking and by discouraging its use in that context you are actually pushing the term further from its original meaning and making yourself sound "unseasoned".

    2 points
  • Posted to Nicholas Windsor Howard - The Apple Goes Mushy Part II, Jul 29, 2016

    Just read both part 1 and 2. These are definitely good criticisms, though funnily enough not things that frustrate me day-to-day. I think perhaps because I've been able to transfer learned behaviours from using early OSX versions that did have a more intuitive and usable interface. I imagine these issues would have more of an effect on new users.

    As an aside, I really like your website. In the age of medium posts and social silos that aggregate many people's content it's nice to see you cultivating your little corner of the internet with creative stuff across a few mediums. Also nice to see a links page, not enough websites have those these days.

    1 point
  • Posted to TRONC uses dribbble logo for sports icon, Jun 23, 2016

    As a side note, I hadn't heard of TRONC, so googled it and nothing came up, even though – as I eventually found – it is at tronc.com. How are they failing so hard at SEO?

    Edit: Maybe because the site barely works, I can't even load the article in the image http://www.tronc.com/article/argentina-advances-to-copa-america-final-after-4-0-rout-over-u-s-p2p-87634009

    1 point
  • Posted to 3 Things You Shouldn’t Ask in a Usability Test, May 25, 2016

    Yeah, don't think I'm going to take usability advice from a site that waits until you are half way through the article then scrolls you back to the top of the page to display a full screen email form. I bounced immediately.

    2 points
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