Better Done than Perfect

Lieur was founded in 2014. Almost 2 years it didn’t has a website. I mean a real website that lead someone who doesn’t know about us to someone who know what Lieur is. At least they know that Lieur is design studio, what we’ve done, and how to contact us.

The last Lieur website before alpha version.
The last design Lieur website before alpha version.

We’re too busy to reach the perfection. Find the typography formula, experiment with color scheme, even debated with Adobe super user at Adobe forum about color conversion :P.

Then we realized that we really need a real website. Many people ask about “What is Lieur?” after they visited the website. Although we put blog link under the big logo, but I’m not sure they will click it.

So I decided to create the alpha version. With just quick sketch on my phone to create a wireframe then I start designing in the browser. Actually it just need 7 hours to make the alpha version live. (Sorry for my bad skill on Photoshop to crop the image, it took quite long).

And here we are, is live.

It’s alpha version, we will update everything to reach the perfection.

The Hamburger Problem

As we know, many UX designers suggest to not use hamburger menu anymore. The main problem is it lacks of information. So I try to use another solutions, make the menu clearer. How? I use the word “Menu” or/and add arrow icon beside it. More clearer, huh? Not really, people tend to not click it because they don’t see a reason to click it.

Some people argue that “we just have to wait for users to learn the new navigation convention,” but hopefully you can see how the principle of information scent invalidates that argument. Good design doesn’t require years of waiting for the general public to understand and start using a interface convention.


Go check the article above you can find the right solutions to replace hamburger menu. Anyway, even a company that specializes in hamburgers is not use hamburger menu. :P

The State of Front-End Dev


Marco: Uh yeah, so, final thoughts. I guess for me, it’s kind of acknowledging that the space of front-end development is kind of exploding right now, it’s a really exciting time to kind of be in this space. And I think people should kind of embrace how dynamic it is and how in demand it is, and just really kind of find where you fit, right? There’s really no rules for this—if there’s nothing else you got out of this, there’s no rules for this. Like, the thing that you like to do in the front-end is valuable. Learn it and then go find the people who are going to pay you money to do that, because this is the time.

My confusion about my job title just answered after listening that talk. Like Marco said front-end development is exploding right now. HTML and CSS are absolutely part of it, but Javascript, Ruby, even SEO can be part of it or maybe not.

Front-end developer can be a team which consist of people who good at HTML and CSS, Javascript, Visual Designer etc.

Even though you are not good at Javascript, but HTML and CSS, you are still called front-end developer. I prefer to call them as front-end designer, part of front-end development though. Like me :)

Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

  1.  The computer is the “distraction machine.” It is just vibrating with distractions. Even the supposedly educational websites have things that move, different colors, links, and so forth. Keeping my kids focused on their lessons requires constant supervision. Most of the time spent at the computer is recreational.
  2. I think the content tends to be superficial, possibly because making the underlying mechanics work detracts from actually creating content. A lot of the software that I saw in the early 80’s was glorified flash cards, and I’m not sure it’s much better today. I’d estimate kids spend twice the time on half the content.
  3. The bright side is, I think there’s some tech, that is qualitatively different than a textbook. It tends to resemble “real” software that grown-ups use, such as programming tools, computer algebra systems, and so forth. Schools rarely use this stuff.