Pete Petrash

Pete Petrash

Design @ Virta Joined over 9 years ago

  • 3 stories
  • Posted to Design Tool Alpha, in reply to Colm Tuite , Dec 15, 2015

    Congrats Colm! Looking forward to trying Plexi out. Was digging what I saw of 'Design Tool' in your occasional tweets about it — looked very austere and intuitive.

    0 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: Share one quick thing you have learned from real-world experience, Aug 20, 2015

    Under-promise, over-deliver. We love when our expectations are exceeded. You'll also be less inclined to over-extend yourself which can cause designer's block and undue stress.

    1 point
  • Posted to Principle - Animate designs (like a simple Quartz Composer), Aug 18, 2015

    Very cool app. I watched the first tutorial then jumped in and made a decent master/detail transition in about 20 minutes:

    Some of the things I like about Principle's approach:

    The viewport isn't fixed to any particular device, but is based on the size of your largest artboard. In theory you should be able to prototype for any platform, from watch to digital billboard.

    The way transitions work is super intuitive. Copy a layer from one artboard to another and change its appearance; Principle will automatically tween these two states and allow you to fine-tune the transition.

    The key-framing interface lets you tune the timing of a number of dimensions (x, y, width, angle, etc.) independently. I wouldn't want to get too precious with fine-tuning animations here (I would do this in Xcode alongside an engineer if possible), but it's nice to have it when you need it.

    I really like being able to draw rectangles directly on the canvas without having to import assets. I look forward to using this as a very quick way to test assumptions before getting too invested in a direction.

    6 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: Who is hiring?, Jun 17, 2015

    Techshed is hiring. Bay Area, CA. Remote possible but on-location is preferred.

    We build digital products for The Home Depot including Redbeacon ( and the HD Pro apps for iOS and Android, with several new projects in the pipeline. We're looking for an exceptional product designer and UX researcher interested in solving juicy problems in large-scale e-commerce and service design. We prototype constantly and conduct bi-weekly usability sessions with real users to test our assumptions.

    Checkout our job board below or contact me directly on Twitter (@petepetrash) if I can answer any questions!

    0 points
  • Posted to Show DN: An in-depth look at redesigning Facebook's Visual Identity, May 14, 2015

    Great read. Tightening up brand collateral for a large company like Facebook is no joke.

    Really like the photos of the new glyph in random places and formats (book spine, soda can, pizza box!); speaks volumes to the versatility of going one-color.

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  • Posted to Who's on Twitter?, Apr 29, 2015


    I only tweet occasionally, but I try to make it good. Usually something related to HCI, game design, philosophy, music and other stuff I think is really cool :)

    0 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: Who's hiring? (April 2015), Apr 21, 2015

    The Home Depot Techshed • Bay Area, CA

    We're designing a new suite of digital products for The Home Depot. We're growing fast and have several projects underway on web, iOS and Android. You will do great work for that will help millions with a fun, highly-skilled team.

    The design team works closely with the research team who conduct semi-weekly usability studies with real users to test new ideas, often in prototype form.

    We work closely with engineering (most of us code html/css/js) to make sure implementation is faithful to the vision. We often mock up interaction details in FramerJS or simple flows in Flinto.

    Get in touch with me on Twitter (@petepetrash) or try our jobs page if you're interested or have questions!

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  • Posted to ASK DN: Best design talks?, Mar 13, 2015

    I try to only post really good design talks on this Quora blog of mine, Designing the Future:

    0 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: Who’s Hiring (March, 2015)?, Mar 03, 2015

    Techshed is hiring UX/UI designers and researchers.

    We build digital products for The Home Depot including Redbeacon and the HD Pro apps for iOS and Android. We're looking for UX/UI designers and researchers interested in tackling big problems in e-commerce and service design.

    Checkout our job board below or contact me directly on Twitter (@petepetrash) if you'd like to learn more.

    Remote is possible but on-location is preferred.

    0 points
  • Posted to Google's New Mountain View Campus, Mar 01, 2015

    The proposed modularity of the buildings seems like a great idea; campus buildings can be taken apart and re-assembeled in new configurations to better facilitate new, previously unforseen projects like self-driving cars, biotech, etc. It's like Minecraft IRL.

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