Sam Solomon

Sam Solomon

Atlanta, GA Host of DN FM, Product Designer at Trustfuel Joined almost 4 years ago via an invitation from Paul @. Sam has invited Joe Villanueva, Enrique Gonzalez, Henry Bayuzick, Kevin Martin, Chris Rowe and 6 others

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  • Posted to Mailchimp 2016 Annual Report, in reply to Sacha Greif , Jan 13, 2017

    Curious about your opinion on the product Sacha?

    I think the product is quite good, especially after working with iContact and dozens of other horrendous email marketing tools. Campaign Monitor is the only other alternative I've used that even comes close.

    With that said Mailchimp does get very expensive, very quickly.

    0 points
  • Posted to The New York Times Redesign, in reply to Robin Raszka , Jan 11, 2017

    While, there often are a lot of designs on Behance, this redesign looks pretty well thought out. It's often difficult to create things that are both visually interesting and easy to read — it seems the designer has been able to accomplish that here.

    3 points
  • Posted to Where to buy a nice WordPress theme that is not bloated?, in reply to Diogo Fernandes , Jan 10, 2017

    When I start building themes, this is the template I use.

    If you're new to building themes, I recommend building a child theme or two on top of TwentySixteen or other default themes first. https://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes

    1 point
  • Posted to How I decked out my startup's office for under $6k, Jan 04, 2017

    For anyone looking for a budget office chair I'd have to recommend the IKEA Markus.

    There aren't a lot of adjustability options, but it is very comfortable and has a 10-year warranty. Hard to beat for a $200 chair.

    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00103102/

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  • Posted to Why I only work remotely, Dec 23, 2016

    Re: Open Office

    The main reason for open offices is cost savings. It is simply cheaper for companies to put everyone in the same room than giving everyone their own office.

    I personally, have never had an issue with open offices. I usually put on my headphones and just work.

    Obviously, issues can arise if sales is next to engineering.

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  • Posted to New job, fresh Macbook, what are some must have installs?, Dec 20, 2016
    • BetterSnapTool is a game changer for managing windows.
    • iA Writer is my go-to tool for notes, posts and random ideas.
    • ImageOptim is a fantastically simple, free image compression tool.
    3 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: What office chair do you use?, Dec 09, 2016

    At the office I have a Knoll ReGeneration. It's not as pretty or interesting looking as many of the other chairs out there but I love it. Also a little cheaper than the Aeron.

    At home I've got an Ikea Markus. There isn't that much you can adjust, but it works plenty well. At $199 and a 10-year warranty, it's a deal.

    0 points
  • Posted to Stop thinking every side project needs to make money, Nov 16, 2016

    One thing to consider about side projects is the time investment for maintenance. One of my most popular projects was a collection of interviews. When I started working longer hours, there was less and less time to produce interviews.

    http://signaltower.co/

    Now when I create things, I try and consider how much maintenance it will need in the future.

    1 point
  • Posted to What does your design portfolio look like?, in reply to Cory Gibbons , Nov 16, 2016

    Big fan of SiteInspire for inspiration.

    While there's some crossover, httpster is also a favorite.

    I also just star Site Design posts that I like here on Designer News.

    4 points
  • Posted to Curved monitors for creative work?, Nov 16, 2016

    I asked this question a couple of weeks ago. It may be of some help. https://www.designernews.co/stories/76202

    With the Macbook Pro situation I think I'm going to punt buying (MBP and a Monitor) until next spring or summer. There will probably be more USB-C compatibility then.

    One of the engineers in the office across from us has a curved display. The curve is not dramatic, but I don't think it would be great for design work. I still haven't decided on Widescreen vs 4k / 5k.

    1 point
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