Kai Turner

Kai Turner

Los Angeles UX Creative Director • Innovation Prototyping & Product Design Joined about 9 years ago

  • 21 stories
  • Posted to What's the best non-Adobe product for animation design? And where are the best tutorials for that product?, May 19, 2018

    I really enjoy using Tumult Hype (https://tumult.com/hype/) – it's a very straightforward app, similar to Sketch in that it's built around HTML design paradigms.

    However, you can export animations as web apps, GIFs or MP4 video – so I use it all the time to create quick sketch animations.

    1 point
  • Posted to e-Ink Sketch pad – just when I thought I didn't need another gadget!, in reply to Luca Candela , Nov 23, 2017

    I agree - I think I'll wait for it to come down to half the price before getting one.

    1 point
  • Posted to The New Dropbox, in reply to Jim Silverman , Oct 08, 2017

    I think they are waiting for someone to say that so that they can reply – it's 1 typeface with 259 fonts (which is technically the correct way to use 'font')

    0 points
  • Posted to Is there an offline image saving app like Pinterest with the colour palette generation of Dribbble?, Oct 18, 2016

    There are a variety of apps in the AppStore which will generate a colour palette. For instance, ColorSchemer

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  • Posted to 26 Steps of Product & Dashboard Design, Oct 17, 2016

    Good article – thank you for sharing your process. It was also great to see that you realised the value of using personas in your design. As someone who advocates rapid prototyping, I too think it is important to ground your design work in a solid understanding of user personas to 'ground' your design and to give you and your stakeholders a common point of reference based on user insight.

    0 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: How come design agencies display case studies on their homepage instead of an intro to who they are?, Sep 15, 2016

    I've worked at quite a few design agencies, and I've been involved in a few of their website redesigns. One thing that is universally true is that agencies do not use their sites to solicit new work. The kind of work enquiries that result from the 'contact us' page are too low-end. Think 'Mom & Pop' stores and small businesses looking for an inexpensive website design.

    Therefore, you can expect that potential clients visiting the website will already have had an introduction via a managing partner or business development person and they are visiting the website to familiarise themselves with the portfolio of work to follow up on an initial discussion, or to look up the team to understand who they would be working with.

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  • Posted to ASK DN: Why are apple products (especially laptops and desktop) so prevalent in the design industry? Designers, why do you prefer a Mac?, in reply to Alson Kaw , Mar 09, 2015

    You can track all of the subtle UX improvements they've made through each version of OSX– but I'd struggle to think of specific design-centric features.

    But as you pointed out, and I mentioned – you have the platform-effect of most designers being on Mac, so design focussed products like Sketch will likely launch on OSX/iOS before PC/Android.

    0 points
  • Posted to ASK DN: Why are apple products (especially laptops and desktop) so prevalent in the design industry? Designers, why do you prefer a Mac?, Mar 09, 2015

    I'd like to dwell on the 'superfluous' points – Apple has always been design-led. They have a history and tradition in crafting experiences that have changed the industry as the others play catch-up– including, at least in the early days, Microsoft. You wouldn't have the desktop as we know it, without Apple. Nor would you have the slickly designed smartphone look & feel we have come to expect without their diligent pursuit of the best experience.

    So, as a designer – do you want to support an innovator or a follower? I think it's important for design professionals to see a company that values design innovation when design can be often overlooked in the corporate world.

    Today, there may not be a functional reason to choose Mac over PC, but since they have this legacy as the platform of choice for designers – it is still a pragmatic choice to be using the same platform as your peers.

    2 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: is this design plagiarism? - Apple vs Dyson, Sep 04, 2014

    If you've been working client-side or agency-side and haven't heard someone say "... like Apple's website" in your career – then I'd be very surprised.

    Everyone borrows. I agree with Jonathan that I think it diverges enough to not be called plagiarism.

    7 points
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