Be nice. Or else.
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, Brittney Simms, Abhinav Chhikara, Jason Shen, Alex Zieman, Wally Hitchcock, Jean-Nicholas Hould
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now when I create things, I try and consider how much maintenance it will need in the future.
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.