Er. F.

Er. F.

Web Designer Joined about 8 years ago

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  • Posted to Why have today's designers stopped dreaming?, Apr 07, 2014

    Many haven't only stopped dreaming, they've stopped designing. If you're applying some consensus notion of good taste without thinking about your clients'—or your company's—needs, voice, personality, et al, you're not really designing anything, you're just applying a style.

    Great post. People need to hear this.

    2 points
  • Posted to Tired of "beautiful" design?, Apr 04, 2014

    I agree with the notion that part of the purpose of design is solving problems. Design isn't only the application of style. I think that's where a lot of the so-called design solutions you're talking about fail: they're studious applications of a style, and that's unfortunately where most of the design thinking ends.

    Particularly this type of 'beautiful' web application design: it may succeed in communicating, at least in a broad sense, but there are so many indistinguishable examples of it—it's a cacophony of the same voice. So it fails to communicate a distinct idea or message.

    0 points
  • Posted to Cactus for Mac — A better workflow for hand coding websites, in reply to David Barker , Feb 04, 2014

    I've been using the command line tool for a few weeks and it's been great: https://github.com/koenbok/Cactus

    2 points
  • Posted to Show DN: Strapfork, Now you can use Bootstrap, Nobody will Notice, in reply to Jack Bach , Jan 29, 2014

    I think the landing page is great. The cascading webkit-blur transition is an interesting effect.

    The idea is a good one too, although I'd think it'd depend a lot of use case: whether you're using Bootstrap for 'better defaults' that you will ultimately change; or using it as a style library that you might make a few minor modifications to.

    I can see how for a developer working on a small project, having access to a bunch of templated designs would be attractive. However, I think as a designer, this might give you ideas/inspiration, but ultimately it's just more styling 'stuff' to remove.

    1 point
  • Posted to Squarespace announces new logo builder, in reply to Joe Barber , Jan 22, 2014

    If you really think that this is Square Space devaluing logo design, then why didn't you think the same of them about web design?

    To me it looks like Squarespace/Wix/etc are strategically going after the low end out of the web design market—jobs that normally would go to freelance web designers. Is that not what they're doing?

    0 points
  • Posted to Ten reasons we switched from an icon font to SVG, in reply to Hadrien B , Jan 07, 2014

    Why do you think that? What about the article's point that icon fonts in FF look 'too bold'? If you could write a rule for all the instances of font icons on a website to make them appear less bold in FF, why would you not?

    Also, why is it bad to change the font rendering in general? What if it improves the appearance of the design? And isn't about:config something that the majority of FF users don't use?

    1 point
  • Posted to Ten reasons we switched from an icon font to SVG, Jan 07, 2014

    The bold appearance of text in Firefox used to drive me crazy. It's only a problem in OSX, and there's a solution for it: -moz-osx-font-smoothing: grayscale;

    6 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: How to append PNGs automatically?, Nov 24, 2013

    There's a tool for doing this on the Mac called Phosphor (http://www.divergentmedia.com/phosphor). It uses a slightly different technique and still relies on javascript, but the effect is similar, and it works with jpegs or pngs.

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