Erol Ahmed

Erol Ahmed

San Francisco Designer Joined over 10 years ago via an invitation from Evan K. Erol has invited Rachel Cohen

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  • Posted to How Do You Abbreviate "Yesterday" in Your Designs?, in reply to Jennifer Nguyen , Mar 15, 2019

    Luckily not yet, but it would be a problem if we did. Though perhaps other countries have common abbreviations for these words. I'm not sure myself.

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  • Posted to How Do You Abbreviate "Yesterday" in Your Designs?, in reply to Kemie Guaida , Mar 14, 2019

    It is interesting that we don't have common abbreviations in english for tomorrow, yesterday, or weekend, when we do for the actual day names. I wish we did. Inside the app we're abbreviating all of it, so perhaps the context will help. This abbreviation is displayed within a map pin, so the space is very, very tight.

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  • Posted to How Do You Abbreviate "Yesterday" in Your Designs?, in reply to Jennifer Nguyen , Mar 14, 2019

    True! We're displaying it inside a map pin, so the space is very tight and a tooltip may not work. I agree though, the user won't know off the bat, but hopefully the other day abbreviations might provide context and education.

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  • Posted to How Do You Abbreviate "Yesterday" in Your Designs?, in reply to Koos Looijesteijn , Mar 14, 2019

    Indeed! For context, we abbreviate:

    Weekend > Wknd Monday-Sunday > The usually method Tomorrow > Tmrw

    I like 12h ago, too. The space is incredibly tight, since it's a map pin, but we can give it a try.

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  • Posted to Show DN: Currency – Free Currency Converter for iOS, May 26, 2016

    Very cool app. I downloaded it and it's way easier to use than XE. I hate that XE places ad buttons next to the real button on the desktop version of their site. Those anti-patterns drive me nuts.

    I did notice that the conversions between your app and XE were different. For example, £40 was $55.49 in your app and $58.64 on XE. I don't know enough about currencies to know why there is a difference.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Where do you buy your fonts, and why?, in reply to Jack Jennings , Apr 03, 2016

    Oh interesting — thanks for clarifying!

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Where do you buy your fonts, and why?, Apr 01, 2016

    My favorite places for buying (I've skipped free sources) type are —





    Font Bureau

    Commercial Type

    All these sites offer work from multiple foundries and sometimes their own. Commercial Type and Font Bureau represent the more exclusive and storied typefaces from many famous contemporaries in the field of type design today. While the others have such variety from the big guys and the little ones, that you'll find a great font. Sites like MyFonts are really good at comparing classic typefaces like Helvetica, Futura, or Garamond to help narrow down the cut that works for you.

    Individual Foundries


    Okay Type

    House Industries


    Darden, Okay, House, and Sudtipos are great places to find display and specility typefaces that are very extensive and well crafted. Don't miss the cursive scripts from each of them. The ligatures and extended features are very exciting.


    Their Mrs. Eaves font has held up through fad and fashion very well.

    Storm Type

    This Czech foundry is a little under the radar, but their recuts of Baskerville and Walbaum are exquisite. They've done a fantastic job modernizing classic types like those and others. They also have a few in-house fonts they've designed based on Czech morphologies that I'm dying to use on a future project.

    The Foundry

    Foundry's serif fonts are some of the best, and would be very well suited in editorial or print work.


    After the messy split with Hoefler, Tobias launched his own foundry and offers one font currently. You'll also find some of his pre-Hoefler work on Font Bureau.


    Based out of Copenhagen, these guys have fun and quirky type great for branding. I've used them on a few projects.

    Grilli Type

    Nouvelle Noire

    These Swiss foundries have very clean and sophisticated fonts with flair and whimsy built at a very subtle (or not so subtle) level. I haven't used any of their work yet, but I can see the potential.

    Milieu Groteseque

    I think these guys are underrated compared to Klim. I've found their type to be very well suited to pratical (even UI) as well as branding use.

    Hoefler & Co.

    The fonts here are expertly crafted and you can almost never go wrong using them. Their attention to detail and the craft of creating type is very evident. They're a powerhouse for good fonts, as they cover every major category well.


    The typefaces here are great. They're boutique but very popular, like your favorite Indie brand.

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  • Posted to iOS 9.3 Preview, in reply to Luís Silva , Jan 12, 2016

    Aha, I guess I shot from the hip. I see the modal text now. The person is locking a note not revealing it.

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  • Posted to iOS 9.3 Preview, Jan 11, 2016

    It is a bit strange they would show protected notes as a feature but then create a UI that clearly lets you read what's beneath the modal alert. It's a great feature, but they probably should have blurred the underlying note.

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  • Posted to Site Design: NASA GeneLab, May 28, 2015

    Hello Monday did a wonderful job on this project. It has a charming 1960s “this is the future” look that jives well with the globe logo from NASA.

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