Noah Stokes

Noah Stokes

Bold Joined almost 9 years ago

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  • Posted to Designers who are 40 plus, how are you..., in reply to Waldy Przybyslawski , Apr 15, 2019

    IC = Individual Contributor; basically someone who stays on the creation/production path as opposed to the management path.

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  • Posted to Designers who are 40 plus, how are you..., Apr 10, 2019

    Great question, and excellent to see the convo happening here. I'm in my 40's now and started thinking about this around age 35. My theory was that as I got older there would be younger designers willing to work longer hours for half my rate, so I knew that I needed to pivot myself to a position of leadership in one form or another in order to continue to provide value to my employer.

    Leadership could be management, but it could also be a very high level IC role. This is an important distinction to make. A strong Principle Designer or Staff Designer or whatever you want to call it is invaluable to a company—so an IC path still has possibilities for leadership.

    I noticed things in myself that made me lean more toward management. I enjoy the people aspect for sure, but more importantly I noticed that I cared less about the creative work that I was producing and became more interested in helping others produce incredible work. Since taking the management track, I've worked with designers who can design circles around me, and I love it. I love being able to help them produce their best work.

    As for retirement, I'm doing the usual 401k, savings, stocks, investments, etc. I've worked out a spreadsheet with my best guess for how much I'll need to live on per month when I'm retired, and I'm working backwards from there. Here is an example of that type of spreadsheet (

    I will also add that because our industry is so young, I do feel it is important for folks with more years under their belt to remain in this industry to raise up the next generation through mentorship, education and leadership.

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  • Posted to Noah Stokes, in reply to Jonathon Halliwell , Oct 21, 2016

    15 minutes of effort to be exact. 7 years old and still makes me chuckle.

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  • Posted to Tools don’t solve the web’s problems, they are the problem, in reply to vadim mikhnov , May 17, 2015

    @ichik – ppk has been around as an invaluable resource to web developers for 17 years. I'm guess by your remarks that you haven't been around that long, otherwise you would have known this. Perhaps next time you should show some respect to your elders.

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  • Posted to Site Design: npm, Dec 11, 2014

    Hi all. We (Bold - are the team that worked on the new designs for npm. Thanks for all the great feedback!

    @dan hough - This is what the package page was planned to look like. The crew at npm may not have had time to implement those graphs, but hopefully they'll be coming soon!

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