Taylor Van Orden

Taylor Van Orden

Front End Developer & Web Design Joined almost 10 years ago

  • 15 stories
  • Posted to Gmail April Fools gone (horribly) wrong, in reply to Jim Silverman , Apr 02, 2016

    No. It doesn't. There was a NEW button added, bright orange, to the right of the standard blue "send" button and people clicked it. I question some people's attention to detail but I question everyone's I'm-so-goddamn-offended reactions more.

    1 point
  • Posted to Gmail April Fools gone (horribly) wrong, Apr 02, 2016

    I don't know how I feel about this. On one hand, if you need a job / have a job you need and your potential employer / your boss gets so pissed off at a minion gif that you get fired / lose the opportunity, that sucks.

    On the other hand, everyone needs to fucking lighten up, bosses included. Take a fucking chill pill.

    Emojis, gifs, etc are becoming more and more commonplace in this world as it's been proven through practice that emojis / gifs can lighten the mood, make sure the emotion of your message gets through to the other person, etc. Git issues, slack channels, all the hip places are full of emojis/gifs.

    My mom even knows how to find a gif on giphy and send it to me. Here's the one she sent me last night after watching the Tesla reveal:


    Even at my previous job where everyone and their mother had a stick up their ass and was constantly pushing for more more more sales more more more numbers, there was still room for laughter, jokes, and yes...even the occasional reaction image or gif. And no, that job was NOT a design agency or full of anyone remotely up to date on the trends.

    If I received a resume with a mic drop gif at the end of it I would almost certainly open it. That's someone I want on my team.

    If the biggest issue in your life is that you sent an email with an adorable gif at the end of it, you have a pretty damn good life. And if any designers got fired today, send me your portfolio. With a gif. I have a lot of upcoming dev projects coming up and I'm getting sick handling the design side of shit.

    5 points
  • Posted to Why do designers become jaded? (Episode 34 of the Design Review), Feb 17, 2016

    Because external forces are relentlessly degrading the original design in order to fulfill the individual stakeholders' individual vision.

    Whether that's another article telling me to use or not to use X pattern, another client telling me he wants X item bigger or bolder, a specific users' use of the design in an unexpected way, or the designers external obsession with the font proxima nova, it all comes down to competing forces breaking down an original design into pieces that no longer can collectively be referred to as "good design".

    There was an excellent article about this about some design decisions Facebook made. I believe it was written by a designer at Facebook but cannot find it right now. I also believe it may have been related to LGBT/identity.

    Also, the oatmeal says it blunter: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/design_hell

    1 point
  • Posted to Don't force me to call you — Improving the contact page, Feb 16, 2016

    Is it still reasonable for, say, a restaurant to offer reservations via email & phone, if they don’t have the ability to handles reservations on both? If they do give you that option but they only answer the email sporadically, would you still like the option or not?

    If the hostess who typically answers the phone and writes down reservations on the notepad at the front is now tasked with email as well, how would that work? Would you give her an iPad to answer emails, along with guests who walk in, and people who call (to make reservations, ask for the wait time, ask for the address, etc.)? Will the experience once you get to the restaurant still be as good for all customers? The reality is, a lot of businesses aren’t digital natives and balancing the experience for all customers and the customer experience throughout the entire experience is just as important. Think about it like this. Your experience is not just making a reservation. Its making reservation -> arriving -> being greeted and seated promptly -> ordering -> being served -> eating -> having your drinks refilled promptly -> getting your check -> having someone smile and say “hope you had a great meal” when you leave.

    I am a digital native to and abhor picking up the phone. But when I’m designing and developing websites for clients, finding out what they are capable of handing and updating is just as important as what color the header is or what content is where. If a business or client doesn’t have the technological comfort to handle emails or digital contact with grace, it doesn’t make sense to implement. If the business or client doesn’t have a dedicated person to stay on top of digital contacts, it doesn’t make sense to implement. Because in a week…or a month….or a year….they will start to fail answering emails, they won’t call me to remove the feature from the site, and the experience would be far worse for you.

    Just an alternate POV.

    0 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: Are you a dropout?, Jan 20, 2016

    Went to NYU Tisch for Film/TV, dropped out after 2.5 years, got a shitty job doing promo videos, taught myself how to build websites and design at that job, took a couple design courses for $100 at the local community college, left job to freelance front end dev, and here I am.

    0 points
  • Posted to We're Waging War on Spam!, in reply to Andrew Wilkinson , Jan 15, 2016
    1. Same IP address vote multiple times on the story = only 1 vote counts. Could be implemented for stories that have greater than 5 or 10 votes or greater than X votes / hour to prevent harmless / random roommate situations.

    2. Detect and ban or prevent users' votes from counting who have multiple accounts and use these accounts to vote on their own stories. Unlike reddit where there are actually some good reasons to have multiple accounts, DN is closely tied to real identity and no one should have more than one account, hypothetically. Again could be implemented in certain situations.

    3. If a story gets X votes in the first 1 or 2 hours, see where these votes are coming from. ie: if they are all landing from a link from direct link (ie: email, external source), start hiding the votes. A majority of votes should come from the DN homepage, or the user should arrive at the link from the homepage. I may be making too many assumptions here (apps or people using API externally??)

    Just some thoughts. I'm going to play designer in this scenario and ignore all problems with how the code actually works, who is going to do the work, and how much time it will take, and who will pay for it.

    1 point
  • Posted to Ask DN: Why hide Medium posts on Designer News?, Dec 27, 2015

    Keep in mind that upvoting good posts helps immensely—probably more than writing posts shitting on the "bad" posts.

    2 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: What apps should I load my new christmas iMac with?, in reply to Ron Swanson , Dec 23, 2015

    Does shift it still work? When I last upgraded, I discovered Spectacle which is essentially the same thing.

    0 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: What apps should I load my new christmas iMac with?, in reply to Dan DiGangi , Dec 23, 2015

    Spectacle is a free alternative to moom, although it seems like moom may have more features.

    0 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: What apps should I load my new christmas iMac with?, Dec 23, 2015

    Spectacle - allows you to set up keyboard shortcuts to have your windows go half screen, full screen, quarter screen, etc. Warning: once you use it, you will never be able to use another computer without it again.

    0 points
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