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284: Stone Soup

February 20, 2019

This week, we answer more listener questions, including what software the industry uses, how to get involved in open-source projects, and how to curate a large portfolio. In News, we compare our scores on a design-based spot-the-difference quiz. And as always, we share a couple cool things, like another Netflix Original and some awesome designer directories.


  • Wampas are a species of powerful, furred bipeds that dwell in the snowy wastes of the ice world Hoth
  • Tauntauns are a species of snow lizard found roaming the windswept snow plains of Hoth
  • Wampum is a traditional shell bead of the Eastern Woodlands tribes of American Indians


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Listener Questions:

  • untitl0d asks: "What software does the industry actually use for UI and web design? My BA course is teaching us Wordpress and XD in first year. They don’t even have Sketch on the Macs, and this is a dedicated Arts college. It just feels off."
  • Chris Doner asks, "How can designers get involved in open-source projects?"
  • Anonymous asks, "How do I curate a large project on my portfolio. There’s a lot of designs between our web app and native apps. Should I summarize the product and try to fit it into one case study? Or Should I select primary components and break them down into separate case studies?"

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