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Design Details

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Rank #157 in Technology category

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Podcasting
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A weekly conversation about design process and culture. Hosted by Marshall Bock and Brian Lovin.

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A weekly conversation about design process and culture. Hosted by Marshall Bock and Brian Lovin.

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Design Details is almost as good as Naked Attraction

By NakedAttraction - Jul 20 2019
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This podcast is incredible! Almost as good as my favorite dating show Naked Attraction. If you like this show, you will like Naked Attraction. I've heard Brian is a big fan.

Inspiring and informative

By macgeekjay - Jun 20 2019
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Brian and Marshall break down everything from basic concepts to more complex ideas in an easy to understand format. This not only increases your design knowledge but also helps you better communicate your own ideas, which is always half the battle when you’re designing products and services. This is a must listen for anyone creating products.

iTunes Ratings

299 Ratings
Average Ratings
261
16
6
6
10

Design Details is almost as good as Naked Attraction

By NakedAttraction - Jul 20 2019
Read more
This podcast is incredible! Almost as good as my favorite dating show Naked Attraction. If you like this show, you will like Naked Attraction. I've heard Brian is a big fan.

Inspiring and informative

By macgeekjay - Jun 20 2019
Read more
Brian and Marshall break down everything from basic concepts to more complex ideas in an easy to understand format. This not only increases your design knowledge but also helps you better communicate your own ideas, which is always half the battle when you’re designing products and services. This is a must listen for anyone creating products.
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Design Details

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A weekly conversation about design process and culture. Hosted by Marshall Bock and Brian Lovin.

Rank #1: 1: How Nerdy of an Answer Do You Want? (feat. Sam Soffes)

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The first episode of Design Details has arrived! For our opening show, we sat down with designer and developer Sam Soffes to talk about his latest project (Whiskey), building in public, brag-driven development and his interest in working as a designer. This is our first episode and we're learning a lot! We'd love your feedback or suggestions - give a shout on Twitter, @designdetailsfm or send us a private email!

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Show Notes:

1:35 - We chat with Sam about his latest labor of love, Whiskey.

6:30 - We talk about some of Sam's older projects.

7:50 - Discussion about the difficulty selling apps, including Cheddar and Roon

11:15 - How do you balance freelancing with clients and building your own side projects?

12:10 - We dive a bit deeper into the challenges of building Whiskey - what's your product philosophy?

18:45 - Sam shares a brilliant product development hack.

22:33 - What does it take to design a text/markdown editor?

26:05 - Sam has built several photo apps; we dive into the process.

37:40 - We chat about Sam's motorcycle trip through South Africa

43:52 - Dan Cassaro for Deus

44:01 - Sam tells us about designing an onboarding experience in Litely

  • Litely
  • Litely was named one of Apple's Best Apps of 2014

50:50 - Sam talks about his move from development to design. Can taste be learned?

57:27 - We briefly chat about prototyping and the tools Sam uses.

Jan 05 2015
59 mins
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Rank #2: 271: Principles of Design

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This week, we dive deep on several design principles that will help you make better decisions when creating interfaces and interactions. In Follow-up, we discuss the etiquette of responding to recruiter emails, and in News, we cover Twitter's latest exploration into presence and status. And as always, we share a couple cool things, including an innovative basketball shoe and an updated personal site.

Self-sponsor:

This week's episode was brought to you by the Spec Job Board
If you're a designer or a developer, or if you're looking to hire one, check out the Job Board on Spec.fm. With listings at $100/month, it's super affordable to find your next hire through Spec.

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News:

Listener Question:

  • Dmitry Veremchuk (@d_ver on Twitter) asks: "Is there a limit to number of the side projects one takes on? Because personally, I am interested in animation, video editing, illustration, programming, photography, and many more things. Starting projects in all of these fields would be daunting and of a low quality."

Discussion:

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Stinger:

BYEEEEEEE!

Oct 31 2018
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #3: 308: Learning Design as a Developer

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This week, we answer a couple listener questions, including how to get started learning design as a developer and how to reconcile icons on different platforms. In News, we discuss the launch of Figma Plugins, and as always, we share a couple cool things, like gourmet junk food and vaporwave jams.


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News:


Listener questions:

  • Q: "What advice do you have for a developer with no design experience getting started with design?" —Dolee Yang
  • Q: "How do you reconcile icon systems between platforms? Do you have different icons for web, iOS, and Android? Or do you try to make them all consistent with a brand icon set?" —Anonymous
    • A: "Actually, both are valid strategies. If you use the default glyphs and styling for icons on each platform, you can have high confidence your users will understand them. If you have a strong brand identity, you can style those glyphs to fit in with your icon set. If you use unique glyphs, consider including labels to make their meaning clear to users who are only familiar with system glyphs."


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Design Details on the Web:

BYEEEEE!

Aug 07 2019
37 mins
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Rank #4: 307: iOS 13 Beta

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This week, we take an early look at the fourth iOS 13 Developer Beta and discuss some of the new features, interactions, and patterns we've noticed. We also answer a few listener questions, including how big a prototype should be, when to expand your skillset, and how to intentionally grow as a designer. And as always, we a share a couple cool things, like a prolific Quora answerer and a novel series discovered through an online class.

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Listener questions

  • Q: "Do designers ever make prototypes of entire apps, or is the process more about chunking out the main areas and adding as the product develops?"

    • A: "Once your app structure becomes sufficiently complex, building everything into one prototype becomes less and less tenable. We prefer to focus each of our prototypes on one user journey. Even the most on-rails prototype can be an incredibly useful tool in user research studies."
    • For bigger stuff, we like Framer X, which "offers tools to design scroll, link and page interactions"
    • For smaller stuff, we like Principle, which "makes it easy to design animated and interactive user interfaces"
  • Q: "Is it better to be focused on one thing or multiple skills to have a better chance of promotion?"

  • Q: "How do you guys get intentional about your growth as designers, and how are you able to measure that growth?"

    • A: "Get uncomfortable and try new things! Our best and fastest growth has come from tackling challenges outside our wheelhouses. It's almost always scary, but in the end, the satisfaction of growth outweighs the fear of the unknown."

iOS 13 Beta Review:

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Design Details on the Web:

BYEEEEE!

Jul 31 2019
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #5: 47: Symmetrical Sandwich (feat. Mark Otto)

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Today we caught up with Mark Otto, the creator of Bootstrap and designer at GitHub. We go deep into the CSS/front-end world on this one, we hope you enjoy listening!

If you missed it, we recently announced Spec, a new podcast network for designers and developers! We hope you'll check it out and follow @specfm on Twitter for new shows and updates!

If you have feedback or suggestions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter at @designdetailsfm!

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Show Notes:

3:00 - What are you working on?

14:00 - We learn more about Boostrap

24:00 - More about the current state of the front-end

40:00 - Burritos

47:00 - Getting into our backgrounds

Jul 29 2015
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #6: 235: Incremental Correctness (feat. Guillermo Rauch)

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Today we caught up with Guillermo Rauch, the founder of Zeit. We're huge fans of Guillermo's work, his contributions to the open source community, and the work that his team is doing at Zeit to make cloud computing more accessible. In this episode we dig into Guillermo's philosophies for building products, dive into the nitty gritty technical details of JavaScript and React, learn Guillermo's favorite mental models, and so much more.

We've also got a big announcement: we're building a new thing for you! It's called Spectrum and it's a place for the community to hang out and share what's going on in design, development, and anything else you might be interested in.

We're still in beta, so expect bugs and lots of improvements over the next few weeks, but in the meantime we'd love to hang out with you and chat!

Sign up at Spectrum.chat, join the SpecFM community, and share feedback in our Spectrum bug report channel!

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Feb 14 2018
1 hour 40 mins
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Rank #7: 292: Building Design Systems (feat. Linzi Berry)

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This week, we welcome to the show Linzi Berry, a manager on Lyft's design system. Linzi enlightens us on how to implement, maintain, enforce, evangelize, and roll out a design system, and we discuss her super informative design blog, Tap to Dismiss. In Follow-up, we debate some Episode 300 suggestions, revisit the Figma UI refresh, and shout out a quality-of-life improvement in Sketch 54. And as always, we (all three of us!) share some cool things, including a historic photo, a video to help understand that photo, and an update on the Bobiverse.

Sponsor:

>> Want to become a sponsor of Design Details yourself? Email brian@spec.fm or sarah@spec.fm to get started :)

This week's episode is brought to you by Abstract

Abstract is design workflow management for modern design teams. With Abstract, you can bring your design workflow into a single, unified place for designers, developers, and stakeholders to collaborate and keep work moving forward. Sign your team up for a free, 30-day trial today by heading over to abstract.com. And if you tweet at @goabstract and @designdetailsfm, with the phrase “improve my design workflow” you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $500 credit to their Business plan.

Follow-up:

Interview:

One Cool Thing:

Design Details on the Web:

BYEEEEE!

Apr 17 2019
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #8: 50: #FF00FF (feat. Steph Monette and Liam Campbell)

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For our 50th episode we sat down with Steph Monette and Liam Campbell, developers at Mule Design, to chat about CSS, startups versus agencies and the state of tech in San Francisco.

If you missed it, we recently announced Spec, a new podcast network for designers and developers! We hope you'll check it out and follow @specfm on Twitter for new shows and updates!

If you have feedback or suggestions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter at @designdetailsfm!

Sponsors:
  • Dropbox
  • Iconfinder - use the promo code 'ROBOT' to save 50% off your first month of Iconfinder Pro
Steph on the Web:
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Show Notes:

3:00 - NPR

5:00 - Introductions

6:00 - What are you working on?

12:00 - Hyphens vs. Underscores

26:00 - Startup culture

51:00 - What are you excited about?

Aug 10 2015
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #9: 42: Lonely T-Rex (feat. Sebastien Gabriel and Jean-Marc Denis)

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This week we finally caught up with our friends at Google, Jean-Marc Denis and Sebastien Gabriel. In this episode we chat Material Design, designing invisible interfaces, current design tools and moving from France to the US.

Last week we also announced Spec, a new podcast network for designers and developers! We hope you'll check it out and follow @specfm on Twitter for new shows and updates!

If you have feedback or suggestions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter at @designdetailsfm!

Sponsors:
  • Dropbox
  • Iconfinder - use the promo code 'ROBOT' to save 50% off your first month of Iconfinder Pro
Sebastien on the Web:
Jean-Marc on the Web:
Show Notes:

5:00 - What are you working on?

14:00 - We chat about designing interfaces.

35:00 - What design tools do you use?

46:00 - On designing error pages.

52:00 - We dig into Jean-Marc and Sebastien's backgrounds.

Jul 13 2015
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #10: 88: Deuces, Coding (feat. Katie Zhu)

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This week we caught up with Katie Zhu, an engineer and product manager at Medium. We pick Katie's brain about product management, holacracy and organizational structure, exploring new products, email newsletters, imposter syndrome and more.

Come chat with us in our new Slack team! Over 2,500 designers and developers have already joined our team, chatting about the latest tools and news in the design world. Each week we also host a community critique with a special guest host. To join our team visit our Slack invite page and we'll send you an invitation!

If you have feedback or suggestions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter at @designdetailsfm!

Sponsors:
Katie on the Web:
Show Notes:
Dec 21 2015
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #11: 51: Dopesick (feat. Marshall Bock and Sam Soffes)

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It's teaser time! This episode we caught up with Sam Soffes and Marshall Bock, two upcoming hosts on the Spec Network! In this show we chat about the future of Spec and dive deep into some Sketch pro tips.

If you missed it, we recently announced Spec, a new podcast network for designers and developers! We hope you'll check it out and follow @specfm on Twitter for new shows and updates!

If you have feedback or suggestions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter at @designdetailsfm!

Sponsors:
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Marshall on the Web:
Show Notes:

4:00 - Who are you?

6:00 - New Spec shows!

17:00 - Message us on Twitter (@specfm) with your email address to join our Slack Team!

21:00 - Marshall shares his story.

33:00 - Sam's working on things.

38:00 - Sketch talk.

Aug 12 2015
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #12: 80: Helvetica, Helvetica, Helvetica (feat. Jason Santa Maria)

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Last weekend we visited New York City and caught up with one of our favorite designers, Jason Santa Maria. We pick his brain about process, mentorship and typography, and he walked us through his journey as a designer.

Come chat with us in our new Slack team! Over 2,200 designers and developers have already joined our team, chatting about the latest tools and news in the design world. Each week we also host a community critique with a special guest host. To join our team visit our Slack invite page and we'll send you an invitation!

If you have feedback or suggestions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter at @designdetailsfm!

Sponsors:
  • Dropbox
  • Iconfinder - use the promo code 'DESIGNDETAILS' to save 50% off your first month of Iconfinder Pro
Jason on the Web:
Show Notes:

4:00 - Introductions

20:00 - Typekit, Editorially, etc.

40:00 - Type

45:00 - Process, mentorship

Nov 23 2015
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #13: 89: Sh**s & Gigs (feat. Justin Pervorse)

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In this episode we caught up with Justin Pervorse, a designer and illustrator at Dropbox, and previously at MailChimp. We dig into Justin's backstory, making vinyl toys at MailChimp, creating a custom t-shirt deli shop at Dropbox and the worst parts about living in San Francisco.

Come chat with us in our new Slack team! Over 2,500 designers and developers have already joined our team, chatting about the latest tools and news in the design world. Each week we also host a community critique with a special guest host. To join our team visit our Slack invite page and we'll send you an invitation!

If you have feedback or suggestions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter at @designdetailsfm!

Sponsors:
Justin on the Web:
Show Notes:
Dec 23 2015
50 mins
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Rank #14: 94: Best of 2015 - Part 4

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For the next two weeks we're taking some time off with our friends and family - to tide everyone over, we've compiled four episodes with some of our favorite clips of 2015. We hope you enjoy listening back and re-discovering some of our earliest content, and we'll be back with new interviews in 2016!

Come chat with us in our new Slack team! Over 2,700 designers and developers have already joined our team, chatting about the latest tools and news in the design world. Each week we also host a community critique with a special guest host. To join our team visit our Slack invite page and we'll send you an invitation!

If you have feedback or suggestions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter at @designdetailsfm!

Design Details on the Web:
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Jan 11 2016
57 mins
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Rank #15: 228: Empathy & Impostors (feat. Coleen Baik)

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Today we caught up with Coleen Baik, an independent designer and advisor en route to NYC via SF. In this episode we talk about Coleen's path into design, her work at Twitter, the responsibilities of designing at scale, expanding perspectives by traveling to North Korea, and so much more.

We've also got a big announcement: we're building a new thing for you! It's called Spectrum and it's a place for the community to hang out and share what's going on in design, development, and anything else you might be interested in.

We're still in beta, so expect bugs and lots of improvements over the next few weeks, but in the meantime we'd love to hang out with you and chat!

Sign up at Spectrum.chat, join the SpecFM community, and share feedback in our Spectrum bug report channel!

Sponsors:
  • .design domains - porkbun is running a promotion on .design domain names - get your non-premium .design domain for $35 today, with promo code 'SPEC'
  • Figma - Figma is hiring designers, design advocates, and content writers to help them build the future of design tools.
Coleen on the Web:
  • Website
  • Twitter
  • Medium
  • Dribbble
    We've also got a big announcement: we're building a new thing for you! It's called Spectrum and it's a place for the community to hang out and share what's going on in design, development, and anything else you might be interested in.

We're still in beta, so expect bugs and lots of improvements over the next few weeks, but in the meantime we'd love to hang out with you and chat!

Sign up at Spectrum.chat, join the SpecFM community, and share feedback in our Spectrum bug report channel!

Sponsors:
  • Fuse - Build native apps on iOS and Android. Use the promo code 'dd' to save 70% off the professional plan!
Coleen on the Web:
Dec 27 2017
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #16: 87: Chillustrations (feat. Meg Robichaud)

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In this episode we finally caught up with Meg Robichaud, a designer and illustrator traveling and freelancing around the world. We talk about her background as a creator, the nomad lifestyle, her illustration processes and some of her latest thoughts and writings.

Come chat with us in our new Slack team! Over 2,500 designers and developers have already joined our team, chatting about the latest tools and news in the design world. Each week we also host a community critique with a special guest host. To join our team visit our Slack invite page and we'll send you an invitation!

If you have feedback or suggestions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter at @designdetailsfm!

Sponsors:
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Show Notes:
Dec 16 2015
54 mins
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Rank #17: 278: Dice Gamble

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In this first episode of 2019, Brian explains online security to Marshall as though he is a five-year-old, covering everything from DNSs to VPNs. In Follow-up, we read a few listener tweets, and as always, we share a couple Cool Things, including a misused city simulator and a social network for movie buffs.


Sponsor

Readymag is a design tool in your browser that lets you draw up any web publication and publish it online without a single line of code. Use it for free as long as you want, with a library of 1500+ free fonts, advanced animation, and unlimited projects or upgrade to one of the paid plans to enjoy advanced features like custom domains and uploading custom fonts. The first 50 users to apply the promo code DESIGNDETAILS will get 40% off their first payment.

Get started over at readymag.com

>> Want to become a sponsor of Design Details yourself? Email brian@spec.fm or sarah@spec.fm to get started :)


Follow-up


Explain Like I'm Five


One Cool Thing:


Stinger:


Design Details on the Web:

BYEEEEEEE!

Jan 09 2019
53 mins
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Rank #18: 230: Recapisode #1 (Looking Back At 2017)

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Every year at this time we take a break and reflect on all of the wonderful conversations we've had during the past year.

For people who are new to Design Details, we hope this is a nice sample of some of the topics and people we were able to meet in 2017. And for long-time listeners, we hope that like us, you'll enjoy this opportunity to recap everything we talked about last year.

We've also got a big announcement: we're building a new thing for you! It's called Spectrum and it's a place for the community to hang out and share what's going on in design, development, and anything else you might be interested in.

We're still in beta, so expect bugs and lots of improvements over the next few weeks, but in the meantime we'd love to hang out with you and chat!

Sign up at Spectrum.chat, join the SpecFM community, and share feedback in our Spectrum bug report channel!

Design Details on the Web:
Jan 10 2018
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #19: 282: Flow State

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This week, we look to Twitter for answers to the eternal question: "How do I find time to design despite tons of meetings, context shifting, and an open office layout?" In News, we detail some exciting ideas in an iOS 13 design concept. And as always, we share a couple cool things, like a spiritual successor to MySpace and a rollable television.


Sponsor:

This week's episode is brought to you by Abstract

Abstract is design workflow management for modern design teams. With Abstract, you can bring your design workflow into a single, unified place for designers, developers, and stakeholders to collaborate and keep work moving forward. Sign your team up for a free, 30-day trial today by heading over to goabstract.com. And if you tweet at @goabstract and @designdetailsfm, with the phrase “improve my design workflow” you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $500 credit to their Business plan.

>> Want to become a sponsor of Design Details yourself? Email brian@spec.fm or sarah@spec.fm to get started :)


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Industry Talk:


One Cool Thing:


Design Details on the Web:

BYEEEEE!

Feb 06 2019
33 mins
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Rank #20: 261: Reverse Midas

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This week, Brian and Marshall debate the length of time between whiteboard sketches and high-fidelity mocks. In news, Discord announces a store, Breaker announces a podcast marketplace, and Refactoring UI is going to be a book. Finally, a couple cool things like a wall-mounted home gym and a book about capturing attention.

Follow-up:

News:

Point/Counterpoint:

Slow Iteration vs Fast HiFi: How should we start new projects? Should we slowly build to high-fidelity, or is it okay to jump quickly into pixel-perfect mocks?

One Cool Thing:

Design Details on the Web:

This week's episode was brought to you in part by InVision Studio

InVision Studio is the world’s most powerful screen design tool that brings together design, prototyping, animation, and collaboration all in one place. Check it out and get started for free at https://www.invisionapp.com/studio

Aug 22 2018
39 mins
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