Bud Parr

Bud Parr

President Joined about 7 years ago

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  • Posted to Show DN: Tired of WordPress so I built a simple Jekyll & Hugo CMS , Jul 04, 2016

    I'm particularly excited about the prospect of having an editor for Hugo!

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  • Posted to Is it good to use Statamic for magazines?, Nov 30, 2015

    Statamic is very well-designed software. The answer depends on the frequency with which you intend to post. The issue you're going to have with it is scaling, just like any flat-file CMS, like grav or kirby. Once you get to thousands of documents, you may see some performance issues, and I'm not sure how usable the control panel would be in that scenario either. Statamic, however, has a feature where you can output your pages to static files, though that might be difficult if you have a distributed team. You should be able ot find more information by searching their forums.

    If it's going to be a while before you get to a significant volume of content though, it's great software.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: What's a good image slider that's light but has all the essentials?, Aug 09, 2015

    check this one out. Created by @desandro, the same guy who wrote isotope.js http://flickity.metafizzy.co/

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Favorite static site generator?, Jul 25, 2015

    Check out this interesting thread on the difference between Metalsmith and Gulp. Even though it's about Metalsmith (which is excellent), I think it's relevant to your thoughts: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/23227248/is-there-some-gulp-plugin-that-lets-it-perform-the-function-of-a-static-site-gen/23858857?sgp=2#23858857

    You can also find a lot of articles/tutorials etc on static site generators, organized by tool at http://www.thenewdynamic.org/ (a site of mine)

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  • Posted to Ask DN: What are the best designed Android apps out there?, Mar 22, 2015

    forgot to mention airbnb

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  • Posted to Ask DN: What are the best designed Android apps out there?, Mar 21, 2015

    It's hard to find really well designed Android apps, particularly for apps that have to pack in a lot of complex interactions, like with e-commerce. For instance, Amazon's Prime app looks like a website wrapped into an app and is slower than their mobile website.

    Someone already mentioned VSCO. They're the only app I can think of that launches at the menu. It's also elegant and easy to navigate (though I think you have to already be a user to understand what's there).

    For material design, Google Play Newstand comes to mind as one of the best. Google Calendar looks good, but not really well designed at all, in my view (it excels at adding a new event, but not at all at figuring out your schedule, if you're busy at all, with squishy little boxes crammed in for a calendar). Sunrise is the best I've seen for calendars.

    Open table has a new design and has lots of admirable qualities.

    Dropbox's Mailbox app is really well designed - even better than Google's Inbox in simplifying and packing in a lot of interaction into simple gestures: https://www.mailboxapp.com/

    Hope this isn't too far afield, because their Android app isn't out, but I've been watching timeline.com's m. site too.

    I'm sure there's more. I hope that material design the Nexus line has a lot of influence on designers coming in to the Android world.

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  • Posted to What are the best design conferences coming up this year?, Mar 14, 2015

    The Fetch http://thefetch.com/ lists events by city. It's not design-specific, but they have a section called "Events for Creatives." They've not been active for a while, but should be relaunching soon, after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

    I've started to put conference twitter feeds together in a list, but haven't gotten too far with it.

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  • Posted to Site Design: Random House Books, Mar 13, 2015

    Hope you take these comments well - I wouldn't bother if it wasn't such an elegant site.

    Really lovely home page! and very nice interactions on the menus, though the action of clicking on a menu then getting a submenu and then having to click on the real menu item below that seems like like a lot, when maybe that could show the submenu on hover, but allow the user to click through on the link they originally chose.

    Couldn't find the search.

    Desperately needs some performance optimization, even the second, cached, view is 5.5 seconds for content and nearly 10 seconds for the entire page (http://www.webpagetest.org/result/150313_BN_43P/1/details/) Images, as it looks like you know, but you've got massive scripts in the header and a 200+kb css file and pulling from two different type services. I know that sort of thing is hard with Wordpress, but there are a ton of requests there.

    Interestingly, and maybe this doesn't have anything to do with you, but there didn't seem to be any way to find authors.

    Again, hope the (mostly) performance related comments are okay. Glad to see publishers rethinking their sites and I do think that it's a really elegant site!

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  • Posted to Calendar app Sunrise Acquired by Microsoft , in reply to Joel Califa , Feb 04, 2015

    I agree. What's more - I've spent the last decade fighting IE and it will take a long time before I trust them again.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: What banking sites do you think have good UX design? , Jan 22, 2015

    I'd agree with both the comments already here. I'm assuming you're talking about the internal pages and not the marketing sites.

    Among the banks I've had any experience with(BofA, Chase, FirstUSA, Amex, Etrade), BofA gets a lot right.

    Simple, which I'm a heavy user of (both the app and site) is true to its name, both in functionality and usability. It achieves something that I think is unheard of in banking —indeed, not thought of—it strips away the intimidation and pain of looking at your spending and bank balance. That really is good design!

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