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Rhythm is Gonna Get Ya

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I'm finding a bit of a rhythm in curating and posting these links each day. The number one tool I use to organize all of these things is Notion — hands down my favorite product of the year. I've also been working on setting up better paging (since we're getting pretty long here on the homepage) and an improved experience around filtered content in the archive. More to come!

Posting Schedule

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I was asked yesterday what the posting schedule is for DD. Right now there isn't a formal schedule — it's a bit of "when I've completed all my other morning work". But, I'm going to try to adhere to a mandatory Mon–Fri posting schedule sometime in the morning, with a Design Dots Roundup Newsletter issue going out on Fridays.

Back to Business

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Giving of Thanks

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Fun fact: Besides the 46 million turkeys that are cooked each thanksgiving, Americans also eat 50 million pumpkin pies. Here are some more turkey-day facts for you. With today being Thanksgiving in the US, I thought it'd be fun to share some fun illustrations from dribbble outside of the dots. So, here's a small list I've created:

Thanksgiving PuppiTurkey TimeThanksgiving VaderDancing TurkeyVery Thankful

Behind the Scenes

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Mid week after the launch on Monday, and I can't be more thrilled with the response to Design Dots so far. After a couple of days, the site has seen about 4,500 visits. We also have a good start to our newsletter which I'm working on refining. Sharing these numbers reminds me that I'm going to be setting up a behind-the-scenes blog to share some of the details of how this site is built and maintained. Coming soon!

Customizable Shoes

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Last week I ordered some new Adidas shoes online, something I've never done before (buying shoes online), and absolutely loved the whole ecommerce experience there. Everything works well both on desktop and mobile. They also have customizable sneakers where you can practically design your own shoe. It felt a lot like customizing your character in a video game. That, or maybe I've been playing too much Red Dead Redemption 2 🤠

Launch Day 🚀

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Well, today's the day that I flip the switch on this site. To those of you coming here for the first time, welcome! Design Dots aims to be a simple, curated list of design-related links to explore each day (except maybe for Sundays, because football). If you want to read a little more about the intentions of the site, check out the About page. In the meantime, enjoy today's dots.

Official Launch Coming Up

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I'm planning on officially launching Design Dots on Monday (Nov 19, 2018). I'm a little anxious ... scratch that. I'm extremely anxious about sharing it with the design community. I'm hoping that it will be well received and folks continue to come back each day. I've found a bit of validation of this idea with design news boards becoming more frustrating to browse each day with their spam and lack of curation. Twitter continues to be a good source of inspiration and news, even though it can get noxiously political at times. That's been one of my principles of success for this site (and Thanksgiving dinners): don't talk about politics or religion.

Anyway, who else is playing Red Dead Redemption 2?

State of Design Tools 2018

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Today the new 1.0 version of InVision Studio came out to add to the ever-expanding list of design tools. This update seems like a good step in the right direction. Though, personally, I'm always eager to see which tool is going to solve the problem of dynamic constraints and basic web technologies. As a product designer for a web-based product, I'm always frustrated by the manual actions needed when mocking up my designs. Some newer tools like Supernova Studio and Bondlayer are making some ripples, but they're not quite there yet. I really think that the first visual design tool to solve for basic things like dynamic constraints, margin, and padding (without requiring a plugin), will be the one to own the industry. I really think we're on the cusp. I'm excited to see what's next!

Webflow mastery

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I picked up Ran Segall's extra credit course on advanced webflow techniques. I'm excited to get into it and start polishing some of my webflow skills. If you have seen his master class or his Youtube channel, Flux, you should check them both out.

Mystic Logos and Ecommerce Beta

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User Privacy Over All Things

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Day two after our soft launch yesterday and things are going well. I'll be setting up a simple mailing list for each day's post that you can subscribe to, but it's on the back burner right now. In the meantime, you can utilize the RSS link and set something up with IFTTT if you want more control. Privacy is a definite concern of mine lately and I don't want to add anything to this site that will jeopardize that. So, no facebook pixels, no twitter buttons, and no secret user screen recordings. Downside to not collecting user data so frivolously is that I can't tailor the experience specifically to the user. But, the benefits of user privacy far outweigh that.

Day One

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Welcome to Design Dots, everyone! This is my attempt at doing something I do naturally with my network of friends and designers: share links. Most sites seem to concentrate mostly on design news and articles. We'll do that here, but we want to expand your daily dose to things like typefaces, inspiration, and influencers. It's important to acknowledge the influencers in this industry. Think of it like a follow-friday, but every day.

I sincerely hope you enjoy coming here each day and finding out about new things.

Cheers! 🍾

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