Nick Adams

Nick Adams

Designer Joined about 8 years ago via an invitation from Allan G.

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  • Posted to FontExplorer X Pro alternative, Jan 10, 2017

    Suitcase Fusion 7 has been surprisingly solid for me so far (I was on a similar search the past few months after getting sick of Font Explorer X).


    • It is pretty fast and fairly lightweight (about a 135MB memory footprint) with my library of almost 5k total fonts (though only a few hundred activated, system fonts included).
    • Previewing type is fast enough with a pretty large library.
    • The auto-activation for Adobe CS works well.
    • It connects with Typekit to manage your synced library from there.
    • It connects to Google Web Fonts for desktop activation and use.
    • It's pretty easy to organize with sets and sub-sets.
    • It has per-user licensing for up to 2 machines (I think that's the limit), and it has a cloud font storage thing included for free.


    • No auto-activation for Sketch or Affinity.
    • You can't create subsets within Google Web Fonts or Typekit.
    • More expensive than Rightfont (but with RIghtfont you only get 1 computer per license).

    Rightfont wasn't bad during my trial, but I went with Fusion mostly because of the licensing with many other features being equal. It has been solid so far. Worth a trial at least.

    0 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: Static site collaboration feedback tool, Apr 23, 2015

    Another option, though maybe a bit more roundabout than you would like, is the new Genius feature for annotating web pages:

    Basically you just put in front of any URL.

    1 point
  • Posted to Is there an online tool to share and organize links that I want to show to my coworkers?, Feb 05, 2015

    Give Dropmark a look. It has team plan, a nice simple desktop app, and browser extensions.

    The organization functions are nice too.

    1 point
  • Posted to Ask DN: Do you draw iOS mocks at 1× or 2×?, in reply to c kizer , Feb 03, 2015

    I think the point in designing at 1x is for scaling designs up to 2x and 3x, not necessarily in supporting 1x devices (though if you need to, that's also a benefit). Sure, 1x devices may be dead soon, but 3x devices have a long life ahead. And what if we're at 5x in 5 years?

    It's much better to start at 1x and scale 200% and 300% for 2x and 3x respectively than it is to start at 2x and scale at 150% to get to 3x.

    9 points
  • Posted to Designing Twitter Video, Feb 02, 2015

    Awesome writeup.

    How long was this entire process? (Sorry if I missed the mention of it.)

    0 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: Remote jobs sites?, Oct 21, 2014

    One that I built and need to give more attention:

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Expose your side-projects, Apr 24, 2014

    As a remote worker, this side project is something I've wanted to do for a while, and it was also a chance for me to learn basic server admin (set up a Digital Ocean box) and really build a Rails app (instead off collecting yet another half-finished tutorial app).

    Remote-only job board: Interviews:

    This was great to finally launch, but also a bit discouraging. I sat on this for a freakin' year at about 80% done. Why? Fear of failure? I donno, there are plenty of excuses. It's a bad habit and something I need to break. Especially because during that time a few other boards launched, namely the one by 37signals, compounding the discouragement.

    The moral of the story: if you have a side-project, just finish it and launch the damn thing.

    11 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: Tool that combines personal finance AND freelance time-tracking and invoicing?, Feb 14, 2014

    It might not have the kinds of budgeting tools you're looking for, but give Wave a look

    You can add multiple accounts too and switch between personal and business data.

    I've used it for freelance accounting and it's been pretty solid.

    0 points
  • Posted to Mixel has been acquired by Etsy, Jan 23, 2013

    Yeah, the important point is that they are acquiring the team that built Mixel. Not the app itself. I doubt Etsy gives a crap about that silly app.

    If your an in-demand talent like Khoi, others, why take a salary for a measly six figures (and pay income tax) when you can start an inconsequential company, get funded by one of your buddies, then get acquired by one of your buddies buddies for seven figures and only pay capital gains tax. /curmudgeonry

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