Steve Hickey

Steve Hickey

Boston, MA Director of Product Design & Strategy at East Coast Product Joined over 10 years ago via an invitation from Connor Tomas O. Steve has invited Richard Banfield, Alex Sylvia, Dave Levine, Mat Budelman, and 5 others

  • 8 stories
  • Posted to Suffering from RSI, looking for advice., Jul 27, 2018

    So I tried just about everything that's been listed so far in here. Each thing helped a little in it's own way, but one thing helped above all others:

    Wearing wrist braces while I sleep.

    I've been dealing with this for over 3 years. Wearing the braces to sleep seems to be what finally got my left wrist back to about 99%, where I almost never feel any problems with it any more. As recently as 3 months ago I started wearing them on my right wrist again, which started off far worse. I was resigned to it never being 100% again, but wearing the braces to bed again seems to have got me to the point where I don't feel either wrist any more.

    My doctor's theory was that I fold my wrists/hands up underneath me when I sleep, completely negating valuable healing time. Wearing the braces gave me 8-9 hours of uninterrupted healing time each day. In combination with all the other things listed here I went from "Oh crap what if I can't ever work again?" to feeling 99%+ even when I have heavy periods of production work at my job.

    I recommend giving it a try. Don't get the crazy stretchy ones that snug up real tight either. Get the big, dorky "I sprained my wrist" ones and wear them slightly looser than feels reasonable. Restricting blood flow while you sleep might impair healing.

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  • Posted to For all the PS 2015 hate, remember there are alternatives, in reply to Marc Edwards , Jun 17, 2015

    Still, the fact that we can even realistically contemplate options at this time is kind of amazing in itself. 5 years ago, the idea that I could do effective UI design outside of Photoshop seemed ludicrous.

    Looking forward to adding Skala to my list of options ;)

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  • Posted to Ask DN: What podcasts do you listen do? , in reply to Tim Wright , Nov 06, 2014


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  • Posted to Best E-Commerce Solutions for Static Site?, Jun 29, 2014

    If you're already using Jekyll, you might consider giving Shopify a spin. Jekyll's Liquid tag system is derived from Shopify, so you pretty much already know how to work with it. It won't be quite "static" anymore, and there's a monthly price tag attached, but your client should be able to manage the backend on their own once you have everything set up and there will be very little learning curve for you.

    1 point
  • Posted to Verizon Using Recent Net Neutrality Victory to Wage War Against Netflix, Feb 05, 2014

    Ugh. Netflix has been feeling sluggish at home for a couple weeks now, even though says I'm getting the same speeds I used to. I was wondering if they were up to some shenanigans, but it was so soon after their victory I didn't think they'd have time to start screwing with things.

    1 point
  • Posted to Figure 53 & FiftyThree: David & Goliath, Feb 04, 2014

    Wow. There's some backstory I wasn't expecting. It sounds like both parties probably want to get along here. I wonder if it's the lawyers causing problems?

    4 points
  • Posted to CSS: Spacing after a header, in reply to Nicholas Hendrickx , Nov 15, 2013

    I tend to try and use a baseline grid that's based on a multiple of the body text's line-height. So, if my body text is 16px on 24px, my h1 might be 44px on 48px, and then I adjust the bottom margin on the h1 to get the paragraph text's baseline on an interval of the h1's baseline. Takes a TON of tweaking, and there's always going to be some browser that screws it up for you, but it has a nice effect where it works.

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  • Posted to Rebranding Death, Jul 30, 2013

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  • Posted to Thinking With Type, Jul 29, 2013

    I always recommend two type books to people. First, Bringhurst. Second, once they've realized Bringhurst will be a lot of work, I recommend Thinking With Type. And then when they balk at paying for something that will make them better at their job I point them here. As long as they read something I guess.

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  • Posted to Macaw sneak peek., Jul 23, 2013

    My jaded, beaten-by-Adobe soul just started glowing with hope.

    3 points
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