Ian Carr

Ian Carr

Senior UI/UX Designer Joined about 8 years ago

  • 3 stories
  • 10 comments
  • 14 upvotes
  • Posted to Does anyone have experience, good or bad, buying Refurbished Apple products?, Mar 23, 2019

    I have bought two iMacs and an iPad from Apples refurbished store. Being able to buy the full Apple care warranty and enjoy a discount on the price of the hardware makes it a great way to shop apple. As far as I could tell those devices were as good as brand new. The 2011 model iMac is still going strong!

    3 points
  • Posted to What Markdown/Word editor do you use?, Nov 21, 2016

    I use Ulysses as my library and note system. It has good organizational tools, fast sync, and treats meta-data well.

    But if I need to focus on a single document, I write it in iA Writer.

    6 points
  • Posted to Ask DN : what's the best way to speed up a (really) slow Mac, in reply to Bilal Mohammed , Nov 13, 2016

    I am using the Transcend 512GB Thunderbolt Solid State Drive

    0 points
  • Posted to Ask DN : what's the best way to speed up a (really) slow Mac, Nov 12, 2016

    I made my 2011 iMac feel like new by getting an external SSD thunderbolt drive and using that as my boot disk. Running applications and the OS off of it really sped everything up, and it worked so well that now with my new iMac I am still running things off of the same external drive. Whats great, you can still access all your files on the old internal drive and if you ever need to travel you can run your "iMac" on any thunderbolt-enabled mac.

    1 point
  • Posted to Ask DN: What's your photography setup/workflow?, in reply to Jeff Shin , Oct 03, 2014

    That's a great video - thanks for sharing

    0 points
  • Posted to Hackers guide to setting up your Mac, Oct 03, 2014

    This is a great set of tools - many I've never heard of before! I might install Yosemite fresh to try them out...

    0 points
  • Posted to Whats your HTML/CSS workflow like...? Sass or Less? Tools you use...?, Oct 03, 2014

    For CSS I've found that many small, well organized files, is the key to my sanity. I switch between plain css and Sass based on the project, but I always use Make to automate the concatenation and processing of my files.

    Make has been a great tool for me (though any automation / build tool can work) as it lets me mix up the tools I use without changing the general process - edit my code, run make, test, repeat. I can change from CSS to Sass, or add in autoprefixer or cleancss and its still the same steps for me (and anyone else who has the Makefile).

    And I can't live without Sublime Text 3, Git, and iTerm 2 with the vital Dot Files.

    2 points
  • Posted to Progressive reduction applied to a tab bar, Oct 03, 2014

    I am a fan of progressive reduction as an idea, but I think there are two keys for it to actually work.

    First, the linked designs are excellent in that the dominant visual element on the tabs is unchanged - each iteration has the same circular icon in roughly the same size and place. This is key as users use shapes, size, and color to find targets in the corner of their eye, and you do not want your reduction to fight that.

    Second I think this is only a good idea in apps people use frequently. If a product is used many times a week or day (such as email) the icons can be learned easily. But if a user only checks in twice a month (such as an analytics dashboard) then they may never become "fluent" with a text-free button.

    2 points
  • Posted to Cubic Bezier Curves - how computers draw them, Oct 03, 2014

    Pairs well with the bezier game

    1 point
  • Posted to Prott for iOS, Oct 01, 2014

    I don't know exactly what they are using in the video, but what you are looking for might be alcohol based markers. Coptic is the high end (and refillable), but there are other cheaper brands as well. http://www.amazon.com/Copic-Markers-12-Piece-Cool-Gray/dp/B000MRR3RE (Not a referral link)

    2 points
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