I understand that some designers need a simpler UI to do their job right. It’s complicated to look at these features you never use and think about them the whole time your’re just using the shape and text tool. I get it. Rocket science seems easy in comparison.
And I appreciate that Adobe and other companies build products with stripped down and simple user interfaces but one thing bothers me: What. The. Hell. Are. You. Doing. With. Layers. Questionmark.
Seriously. Let’s say you’ve got a document with 30000 layers, precisely sorted in groups and named, what do you do to select one of them? Do you really open folder after folder to get to the text layer you see in your document?
Project Recess — Adobe’s new UI for Photoshop — as shown in the video above, clearly tries to solve this problem.
"This could be quite cumbersome when you’re dealing with lots of layers."
It solves it by adding something that I consider the worst decision Sketch’s and Affinity Designer’s developers made: Double click to go one level deeper. And another double click for another level. So a layer that’s three folders/groups deep needs six clicks? How is that something you could live with? At least if you consider yourself somebody who uses these kind of softwares professionally. It’s pretty neat if I want my grandmother to easily select a layer without learning something more complex but my grandmother (Hi Oma!) is clearly not the target audience.
So I figured… if Adobe adds this feature that means a lot of you… asked for it? Or don’t you know a better alternative?
In my “How to not suck at Photoshop" series I described the best way to select a specific layer. One click and the layers panel jumps to the right position and the layer is selected. Here’s the post I’m talking about.
So… why don’t you use this method? Try it. It’s fast. If you think I’m not right, I’d love to hear from you. Tell me about your workflow. <3
Update! Oh yes, and there is of course auto-select:
— J. S. (@MmeSchnuerschuh) October 9, 2014
It’s a bit complicated. There is this new social network that’s not ready for prime time. The developers try to do their best to keep everything going while a lot more people than anticipated sign up and start criticising everything.
That’s alright. I don’t care. Neither do I know the developers nor did I read one of those “Ello isn’t the new messias” pieces. Do you want to know why? That’s good because the following paragraph contains the answer. Just read the rest of this entry. If you don’t know how to find the next paragraph, try turning it off and on again.
@UARRR wait so you actually like it and you’re not being sarcastic?— Justin Edmund (@jedmund) September 29, 2014
It’s easy to love ello. Does it look like shit? Yes. Is it horrible on mobile devices? Of course! Is it far worse than Twitter and Facebook? Aye aye. Does any of this matter? Nope, not at all.
It’s empty. It looks funny. It’s ours. Ello is the perfect playground for everything you can’t do on Facebook, Twitter and your own blog anymore: Fool around.
Give it a try. Here are a few profiles worth to follow:
"But Marcel, I don’t invest my time and effort into something that might be forgotten in six months!" you might say. "Well, then go and chisel your incredibly important content into stone slates, dickhead!" I might answer.
After the huge success of HTNSAP #4, here comes the fifth part.
There are a few things you can’t say often enough. Drink eleven liters water a day, walk 10000 steps, remember to take breaks, don’t drink and drive and the most important: remember to use Linked Smart Objects and Layer Comps in Photoshop. I’m not going to say anything that Bradee hasn’t already told you already, but I thought it couldn’t hurt to rephrase it in my own words.
Let’s say your workflow is at least a bit like mine. You have a huge project with several files that include different screens and states of those screens. For an iOS app there are most likely a few elements that are the same or nearly the same on every screen:
The tab bar.