Posts Tagged ‘design’

Basic Photoshop Etiquette

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Photoshop LayersThis happens to me constantly, but I only design a small part of my work week. I imagine this happens to full time designers enough to drive them mad.

When you send a Photoshop document to another designer, pay some attention to how the layers and groups are named. It’s really hard managing the file of someone else where everything in it is named Layer 2, Layer 2 copy, Layer 2 copy 8, etc., etc. The first thing I generally do is start toggling the visibility of each to figure out which is which and naming things accordingly. But ironically, this has even burned me in the past. The sender actually had the nerve to complain that I wasn’t able to send the file back with changes because it no longer matched his “layer structure”.

And you know, I guess I also disrupted the communication as now we can’t refer to Layers in the file: “Look at Layer 13 copy 12. No, no, the other Layer 13 copy 12 in group 3 copy 6.”

I’m just saying, garbage in, garbage out. Show some professional courtesy before you send that PSD.

Presentation: Why You Need a Front End Developer

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

I had the good fortune to be invited to speak at the DFW JavaMug last night, and created a presentation based on one of my more popular blogs, Why Your Company Needs A Front End Developer. Instead of addressing managers or decision makers, this one was geared toward server side developers. The premise is simple, though difficult: before hiring a second (or another) server side developer, make sure you have a good front end developer in place — and don’t try to do it all yourself. Telling an end-to-end developer that he shouldn’t do it all turns out to be in conflict with human nature and business. Often these are developers who are trying to please, and looking to be the “go-to guy”.

Regardless, the web is changing, thick clients are becoming more common, and front end technology is getting more complex. It’s harder to be a generalist, and it’s time to start thinking about specialists.

See the presentation here.