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I'm biased ;)
I have 26 invites and I can't seem to find anyone who both wants & deserves them. I refuse to just blindly give them out without a solid portfolio of work. Some things need to remain like the good ol' days when you had to earn a spot on the platform. Sadly, they are just treated like giveaways most times.
Oh hey! Fun to see this in my DN feed today! Hope to see some of you guys online for the last day of streams tomorrow!
I'm really excited about this update. It certainly makes teams more affordable. We use this with our entire design team along with Dev viewers (unpaid). I also use it for freelance projects and occasionally bring in collaborators, so it makes it much more affordable as a whole. The Business plan is really only valuable to me personally for the slack integration. I like seeing what the team is working on and pushing up, especially on freelance projects when it's important to know what everyone is tackling at the moment as you bring in contractors. It's a great way to gauge progress when working with new folks. I'm ok with keeping myself on at a consistent $15/mo and adding more users when needed, rather than stomaching a $21 vs $9 a month between the two plans just for Slack integrations.
Abstract has been killing it.
They matter and they don't matter.
Titles shouldn't matter in terms of ego. Ultimately, you want to create awesome work. Whether you're called a Designer, Senior Designer, Craftsman, Ninja, or w/e other stupid titles there are these days, it's irrelevant.
On the other hand, clients care, and prospective employers care. When I got my first Art Direction & later Creative Director position and change my title, job offers flooded by inbox from other companies. The offers were at better companies, better opportunities, better work, and obviously better pay. Woot.
Clients also care. Clients like knowing they are dealing with someone who has some muscle at the table. Whether that be Directors, or owners, your close rates on new projects are much higher when those people show up to the meetings. Clients want that love and attention. Meeting with "the Creative Director" holds more weight for them than meeting with "a Designer" on the team. Our close rate is easily 20% higher when the owners make it to the call. Titles matter in this situation.
Hope that helps.
I've got the LG curved and swear by it. Actually dislike working on my TBolt display anymore. Buy it and you'll never go back to a standard monitor. Color quality and contrast is even better than the Thunderbolt.
It's odd for about 15 mins and then your brain adjusts, I honestly don't even notice it anymore it feels totally natural. It was a huge concern for me too before purchasing, and initially got the flat one. But for the reasons I posted earlier, I returned it for the curved. You've always got your laptop screen to drag the artboard over to if you REALLY felt the need to check it.
My biggest recommendation is to go to the store and plug in and see what you like. I found the LG's to be the best calibrated out of the box (still haven't touched the settings), whereas the Dell's couldn't differentiate well with shadows and white/light grays. There's a lot of great options out there, but once you go with an ultra-wide you won't go back.
I thought the curve was gimmicky at first, but after testing the flat, it's needed. The flat is so wide that is blurs in your peripheral vision and the color accuracy dips at the edges of the screens. The curve is just subtle enough to fix all those issues and your brain adjusts after 15 mins. It's weird at first, but you'll love it in the end.
Best of luck on whatever you choose!
I was told the 3440 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution is 4k equivalent. If it's not "4k", its DAMN good. Color accuracy is actually better than my Thunderbolt monitor.
I switched to the LG Curved 4k Display and couldn't be happier. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B9IDL4I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_m8xDxbPSMEQAW
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