I am a designer and front-end developer. I spend my time fussing with pixels in Photoshop Sketch or pretending I know how to use vim. I live in the cheerful Bay Area and love coffee.

September 26, 2014

Thoughts on the iPhone 6

I recently purchased an iPhone 6 (not the 6 Plus which I initially indicated I would purchase). I understand there is a general trend within the mobile phone industry to skew phone sizes larger, and initially I was an advocate for this change. I've recently, however, significantly changed my views on larger phone form factors.

The iPhone 6 is a nearly perfect phone. The design is beautiful. The build quality is impeccable. The camera is amazing. The screen is incredibly sharp with a simply awe-inspiring viewing angle. The size, however, is stopping me from being completely in love.

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June 17, 2014

Sketch Needs Shared Style Scaling

I use Sketch on an almost daily basis now, near completely replacing Photoshop as my primary UI editing and creation tool. Overall it's great: it's performant, it affords context via multiple artboards in the same project, and it allows easy style sharing via linked styles and symbols.

There is one feature that would make my workflow more efficient by quite a margin which is currently missing: scaled (shared) styles.

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March 26, 2014

Test Driving the Nexus 5

Seeing as how I am a mobile-first designer, and spend a good deal of time designing for Android, I thought I should sooner than later become as intimately familiar with Android's OS and app ecosystem as I am with iOS'. I put this task off for a while, mainly due to the fact that I wasn't in love with most of the Android hardware. With the release of the Nexus 5, however, I felt the time was right and took the plunge. My impressions follow.


While I am slightly baffled why Google's premiere Android device is developed by LG (and not Motorola Mobility), the hardware is initially quite solid. The casing material has a rubbery texture to it, feels good in your hand, doesn't smudge easily (which is awesome), and at least gives me the impression that it would be harder to accidentally drop. The build quality appears to be quite good, which was always my main complaint coming from Apple hardware -- the Android device's just felt cheap.

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November 15, 2013

This is Aggravating...

Why Apple, why...

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