Kat ☺

Melbourne UX Designer Joined over 8 years ago

  • 3 stories
  • Posted to DesignerNews is almost dead, Oct 09, 2019

    I spend much more time talking about design on Twitter, in different Slack communities, and irl at meetups.

    For me, this format doesn't work well for discussion - but I might just be pining for vBulletin forum days.

    It's as much the content uploaded (or lack thereof) as it is about how form is not necessarily following function. Example:

    • Text, whilst clean, is not optimised for reading anything longer than a tweet.
    • It's not at all accessible (there are 300+ accessibility breaks on this page alone).
    • The threading is confusing
    • It's difficult to differentiate users/commenters
    • The visual and typographic hierarchy is weak

    I also think the site is trying to do and be too many things at once. Is it a community for discussion? And/or is it link posting and upvoting platform to seperate the wheat from the chaff in our noisy industry? Is it a podcast? Is it a job board? If it's going to be multiple things, perhaps it's there should be some sort of dashboard or homepage rather than trying to force discussion to be the carrier?

    Who is DN? What do they want, why do they exist? What are you trying to achieve? Why is this site any different or better than using Discord, Twitter, Slack, etc - what's the USP? Looks like it's mostly been an UI redesign but there's no content or community or product strategy.

    0 points
  • Posted to Alternatives to DN, Nov 20, 2017

    I'm not buying these 'stay and be part of the change' comments. And the ones that are suggesting that by doing this you're 'running away' from issues. No. You are refusing to support an a toxic environment. It is not the onus of the victim to educate others. It's a real shame to see these types of responses. I've foind DN to be very similar, and agree. Do you have Twitter? It's a good place to find community. Similar issues but a much larger community looking at those issues instead of offering the same suggestions as above.

    For the record, I'm a non-binary designer.

    3 points
  • Posted to Alternatives to DN, Nov 20, 2017

    It's not a victims responsibility to fix a problem, tbh.

    2 points
  • Posted to Any idea for a VERY simple time-tracker, Sep 21, 2017

    Tiller looks pretty promising.


    0 points
  • Posted to Is it just me or has Accessibility been taken much more seriously lately?, Jul 20, 2017

    There's a wider understanding of UX as well as HCD. Accessibility is very important when it comes to those things. Has to be taken seriously, in my opinion, to make a good product.

    7 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: What is your morning routine?, Apr 28, 2017

    Wake up. Smoke. Freshen up. Dress. Commute. Coffee. Smoke. Emails. Read work priorities. Stand up. Work.

    1 point
  • Posted to Ask DN: Headshot on my resume? , Mar 07, 2017

    I think showing your personality is important, but headshots are kind of naff. Your resume should be able todisplay who you are and what you do without that. In your interview is where you really want to translate your skills and who you are.

    0 points
  • Posted to How many of you (designers) have relevant education?, Mar 07, 2017

    There's plently of opportunity to learn about the field in Melbourne. I've done a degree in Visual Communication (Design), a Cert IV in Design and a User Experience Design course with General Assembly. My degree included subjects related to illustration, typography, multimedia design and print design.

    I'm a product designer nowdays, with skills and knowledge in UX and UI, as well as being an illustrator.

    I'd say 70% of my skills are self-taught, however.

    0 points
  • Posted to Should Designers Have Laptop Stickers?, in reply to Daniel Wearne , Nov 14, 2016

    Agree. Overlapping them is a sin.

    Having said that I just recently took all the stickers off mine.

    0 points
  • Posted to Site Design: GitHub Universe 2016, Sep 15, 2016

    This is super damn exciting.

    0 points
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