Alex Heeton

Alex Heeton

Head of product at Joined almost 9 years ago

  • 9 stories
  • Posted to Ask DN: Which is the best to do list app/software?, in reply to Max Lind , Feb 14, 2016

    Big recommendation for Flow here too. It's definitely geared towards groups, but I've found nothing comes close (Todoist, Asana, Trello, nothing).

    1 point
  • Posted to I guinea-pigged myself and bought the Peel Glass screen protector. Here's why I don't recommend it at all., Dec 02, 2015

    "The protector itself is a hard piece of transparent plastic" Are you sure? It's called the glass and the website says it's made from glass?

    1 point
  • Posted to Ask DN : How do i add a contact form to my website without any back-end knowledge?, in reply to M. Appelman , Nov 30, 2015

    Nice collection, hadn't seen a few of these before. Thanks :)

    1 point
  • Posted to Ask DN : How do i add a contact form to my website without any back-end knowledge?, in reply to Fabricio Rosa Marques , Nov 30, 2015

    C'mon, you really can't empathise with this? It may not be rocket science but there is no way you can say that learning several new technologies is simpler/easier than dropping in a single line of code from a 3rd party service.

    And blindly copy-pasting code without understanding it is never a good idea. In my experience that only ever leads to more confusion and stress when something isn't working and you need to debug it. Removing that stress by offloading the server-side can be very useful for some people.

    It can actually be very insulting for you to keep saying it's "simple". You find it simple, others do not. Empathy is very, very important.

    4 points
  • Posted to Ask DN : How do i add a contact form to my website without any back-end knowledge?, in reply to Fabricio Rosa Marques , Nov 30, 2015

    Understanding/implementing a new server-side script (having to deal with servers, PHP, SMTP or databases with no previous backend experience) is anything but simple. And I say that as someone with 10 years of backend development experience.

    Isn't the first job of a designer to empathise with the user and understand their needs?

    5 points
  • Posted to Nearly Invisible Case for Your New iPhone 6S, in reply to Dale-Anthony Williams , Sep 28, 2015

    Also had this case, absolutely loved it. It is a bit slippery though, it's texturised but hard plastic, so about as grippy as plain aluminium.

    I've just ordered their V2 case for the 6s - they've addressed the volume button issue and a few other things (a small lip around the camera now, for instance, protects the lens).

    They ship worldwide for for $5, so no issue for those of us in the UK.

    3 points
  • Posted to I updated my front page. I'd gladly have feedback on the contrast!, Sep 14, 2015

    In my (wholly uneducated, 5-minute-effort, dumbass) opinion:

    • The text has too little contrast.
    • The black elements are lovely, but are a bit overused. Keep the black for supporting graphics.
    • That stag graphic is gorgeous. I use those triangles on my site - definitely not biased ;)
    • The use of motion is a little OTT. The mouseover effects on your menu items, in particular.

    I spent 5 mins mocking something up. Made the stag more prominent, brightened the text, underlines, etc.


    9 points
  • Posted to Let's talk about Salaries, in reply to Some Designer , Aug 17, 2015

    Would you like to do some freelance? Much better pay, and I'm looking for a good UX designer who wants to do a few hours here and there on the side.

    6 points
  • Posted to Why do (many) designers avoid :focus and :active button states?, in reply to Jordan Koschei , Dec 11, 2014

    Bear in mind mobile users will never see :hover, whilst :active will be shown (unless you hi-jack the browser behaviour) 200-300ms after the click, which looks really weird. Perhaps some designers choose to ignore those states in general?

    I personally like to have them, but I could understand why not.

    2 points
  • Posted to Why not go the "free site" route?, Oct 07, 2014

    Website builders are fantastic for a lot of businesses. I've actually had a couple of clients in the past who came to me with £5000 budgets, but I charged them £500 to design a custom theme for their squarespace install.

    Then, there are people that don't just want a nice little site, but they are look to do something special. Convert people, sell software, capture leads in a particular way, provide resources etc. It's for these people that you can often provide more value than a cookie-cutter website builder.

    It took a jump for me to transition from "how do I get paid" to "how can I help my client" but it's a lot more satisfying. And my clients tend to come back again and again.

    3 points
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