Luckily, as I started to feel this way, I happened to be chatting with Jonas, a designer at transition the product into its own company .. He's also the original designer of Know Your , and has helped me
Jonas said this to me:
", go read what the homepage had before."
I went and did that.
"Okay. Go read it now with your changes."
I went and looked at my new site.
"See? Before, people looking at your site didn't …
At, our designers write code. Not just and — and too. We can all get reasonably far implementing an idea before calling in a programmer for help.
I was lucky to get a crash course in The . Obviously, … Leaguewhen production for the new was kicking into high gear. But even after a year in the trenches, I wasn't confident I was It Right™. So last fall I took the Rails for class at
Jonas said his goal for Turnip was mainly simplification:
He thinks that the reason some people had started to abandon Cucumber was to do with it being perceived as complex.
Jumping from plain english steps to Regexps is jarring, and too big a leap in abstraction. 98% of the time you don't need regular expressions anyway. Turnip uses the concept of placeholders in strings instead to capture arguments.
My classmates also come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are designers with no programming experience. Others are programmers who work in languages other than Ruby. There's also a lawyer and a couple Chicago Public School teachers, too. There's a good 30 year age range spread as well. It's …
Last week, a small crew of XOXO festival . It was a high-speed joyride of creative spirit, and it might have permanently changed my outlook on making stuff. Here are a few of the morsels that will stick with me for a while.folk headed to for the
Ignore cynicism. Do what you want, and love doing it.
Theappears to run on cynicism. Twitter is a complaint delivery protocol, and comment threads are polluted with meaningless grammar fights and nitpicky …
In my six months as a signal, I've worked with the new Basecamp . These sessions are always fun, and a few of them helped transform difficult problems into the you're using in the final product. (One famously tricky one was the new .) Our design process isn't formal, but we're fast and methodical. We scope most of our work into a week or two. screenon numerous design explorations for
One of our …
On October 10th we'll be welcoming Jonas Downey as the fifth full-time designer at . Jonas comes to us by way of the Argonne where he was one of the principal designers of their web sites/apps. Jonas will join Laboratory , , , and Z in crafting the visual design of our apps and marketing sites.
Jonas, who applied once before but didn't make the cut, came back strong and determined the next time we posted a designer …