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Is using Mailbrew a great experience?

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1 hour ago

Why isn't the GraphQL API powering this AMA running on GraphCDN yet? 😉

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1 hour ago

In your App Dissections, how do you get multiple videos to autoplay at the same time? I've put mine on Vimeo & embedded them as you did, and it works on desktop, but on iOS it literally causes both safari and chrome to crash. Been struggling with this for a while. Also using Next.js as you are. Thanks for any help!

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1 hour ago

What does your "Advisor" role at startups entail? What work are you doing for them? How do they compensate your work? How did you start?

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1 hour ago

What's your take on imposter syndrome? Do you experience it rarely or often? If yes, how do you cope up?

Growth happens at the edge of the comfort zone. This seems to be (correctly) correlated with feeling like an imposter. Over time I've built up confidence that I can at least ask the right questions, or know that I'm resourceful enough to figure out where to get help on a particular problem.

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4 months ago

You would have heard of the design exercise where you need to design an elevator for a 1000 floors. What do you think that the interviewer is honestly expecting in terms of an answer here.

These kinds of design exercises in interviews are trying to identify how you collaborate and problem solve. Interviewers are not expecting a solution. They're expecting a conversation that illuminates how you approach problems: what tools do you reach for (data, research, prior art, intuition, etc)? What constraints do you identify or self-impose? What parts of the experience do you gravitate towards (visual, interaction, brand, etc)?

When I've been in these interviews in the past, the interviewers also wanted to know how the candidate collaborates. What questions do you ask? Do you pause and ask for feedback? What do you do when the constraints are imposed or change mid-cycle?

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4 months ago

Great work, loved this section on your website! I thought about having a Writing section on my website as well but I ended up doing it on Medium. Do you have a Medium account? If not, why did you decide to not publish on Medium?

I used Medium in the past, but missed having more creative control over the design and layout of my site. I ended up using Ghost as a headless CMS with Next.js. You can read more about the setup here.

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4 months ago

What are you most excited about with Staff Design?

I'm late to answering this, but I wrote about what I learned from the project after publishing the 8th and final interview here.

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4 months ago

What was your inspiration for this site?

I'm just having fun, tinkering in code, and playing with visuals. I love looking at other people's personal websites, my collection of inspiration is here.

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4 months ago

Why isn't Design Details on Spotify?

It is: here.

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4 months ago

Love your site, is it your own design? How could I get it?

Thanks! Yes, it's my own design. All the code is on GitHub, here.

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4 months ago

Fascinated by your site? Very curious, do you use any kind of CMS or some custom interface to update content, or do you change it all directly in the code?

Thanks! I use Firebase to store bookmarks/AMA data, plus the heart counts on each item. I have my own authentication system so I can add/edit things directly on the site. Everything else requires jumping into code. You can see how everything works by poking around here.

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4 months ago

What fonts does your website use? And do you have a set of go-to fonts you often use?

I love system fonts. But I recently updated to use iA Quattro.

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4 months ago

What do you think about Blitz.js? Would you use it if you were to update your site?

I haven't used it yet! I'm not in a rush to rewrite my site just now, though 😛

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4 months ago

How did you make this ama?

Firebase + some custom React stuff on the front end. All the code is here

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4 months ago

I liked your old site design. :/

Not a question! Change is the only inevitability 😊

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4 months ago