Connor Tomas O'Brien

Connor Tomas O'Brien

Co-founder at Tomely Joined over 10 years ago via an invitation from Stephen G. Connor Tomas has invited Steve Hickey, Jason Williams, Douglas Robinson

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  • Posted to Sign up for Facebook, in reply to Marten Bjork , Mar 27, 2018

    I'd suspect it's because that URL structure makes it look a bit like a phishing scam – presumably Twitter blocks any URLs that contain 'twitter' or 'facebook' in the base URL for that reason?

    1 point
  • Posted to Site Design: Time's Up Now, Jan 11, 2018

    It's pretty multifaceted: women who have been averse to reporting harassment for a bunch of reasons, HR teams who haven't taken this stuff seriously before, those in hiring positions who don't understand issues with having really gender-skewed teams, those looking for legal advice (or those who weren't even aware that affordable legal advice existed).

    1 point
  • Posted to Site Design: Time's Up Now, Jan 11, 2018

    I'd respectfully suggest that the audience for this site might be somebody like you – somebody who is presumably an ally and wants to see progress in this area. One peripheral goal of this movement is to encourage those who don't engage in harassment to speak to those who do, to gradually make it clear that such behaviour isn't tolerated. You may not know anybody who engages in harassment, but many men do – and sites like this provide frameworks to sit down and start difficult discussions to encourage them to reach that point of understanding.

    1 point
  • Posted to Adobe XD December Update: The One with Text Underline, in reply to Eduardo Tello , Dec 14, 2017

    Shipping half a dozen new features a month isn't bad – I'm pretty happy with XD's progression over the last year! Adobe is a big company but XD is a new tool, and I think considered, gradual progression is the smart way to develop, instead of whacking together a slapdash Figma/Sketch clone.

    3 points
  • Posted to The New Dropbox, in reply to Sacha Greif , Oct 04, 2017

    If you log out of Dropbox and visit the homepage, the new branding is in effect. But what is super confusing to me is whether this branding will eventually make its way into the service itself, or whether it is going to be reserved purely for their marketing materials (ads /call to action pages etc). If the former... I can imagine a whole lot of confused and unhappy users. If the latter, there's going to be a huge disconnect between how the service is marketed and how it actually looks/feels.

    5 points
  • Posted to Hey Apple, open source your emoji kit!, in reply to nusu alabuga , Sep 04, 2017

    You might want to check outEmojiOne — their 2016 release is open source and has been forked a few hundred times.

    I'm not sure how realistic it is for design assets created by major tech companies to be open sourced, unless the express purpose is to enable further development of those projects. To be fair, though, Apple tend to be extremely lax with policing the use of their emoji set.

    0 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: How do you design for inclusivity in 2017?, in reply to Katie Macoy , Aug 31, 2017

    Check out Facebook's 'Diverse Device Hands' resources (if you haven't found already) — there's some age diversity in there as well:

    6 points
  • Posted to August update of XD, in reply to Cristian Moisei , Aug 24, 2017

    How so? I find CC libraries to be a pretty impressive technical feat considering how many different apps Adobe are enabling asset/style-sharing through. Definitely not perfect yet, of course! Is it XD's particular approach you find lacking?

    0 points
  • Posted to Semplice 4, in reply to Clay MacTavish , Aug 24, 2017

    I'm totally with you on this! The issue for me is when previous designers lean heavily on these kinds of themes/plugins as a way to knock out client work quickly, without informing clients of how expensive and time consuming it will be if they need to move away from them. (That said, this looks fantastic for those aware of the nature of what it's doing!)

    0 points
  • Posted to Skeuomorphism, Flat Design and The Rise of Type Design, in reply to Stuart McCoy , Aug 22, 2017

    I actually thought most of the redesigns were quite nice, as was the reasoning for adopting a type-centric approach. That said, I think this is much more useful as a prototyping strategy than an aesthetic to follow for final/shipping products.

    There's a point at which any of this stuff, taken to extremes, really harms accessibility. I think the Lufthansa example demonstrates this most clearly — in practice, at least a portion of users may be moving through the site in an unfamiliar language. Leaning predominantly on language to convey meaning in those contexts can leave those users at a huge disadvantage.

    0 points
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