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Achal Varma

Achal Varma

Joined over 4 years ago via an invitation from Namanyay G. Achal has invited Danish Mughal, Mikey Salazar, Scott Tsuchiyama, John Leschinski, Bruno Martins and 3 others

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  • Posted to AMA: I'm Wilson Miner, I'm a designer at The Factory in San Francisco. Previously I've worked on Facebook, Rdio, EveryBlock and apple.com., Dec 10, 2013

    Hi Wilson, I really admire the work you've done (thanks for Django!)

    A couple of things - 1) How do you suggest I go about learning more about design? I study computer science at a top-5 school, but our design program isn't very good. I was looking to learn stuff by myself, but I don't know where to start.

    2) If you could give a newbie product designer one piece of advice, what would it be?

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  • Posted to The 2016 Estonian Olympic Uniform (concept), Dec 02, 2013

    Awesome

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  • Posted to Ask DN: What are some good schools that offer MS in design in US?, Dec 02, 2013

    Carnegie Mellon University and Rhode Island School of Design offer something close to what you're looking for. Not sure if the Savannah College of Art and Design does the same, but it's another decent design school.

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  • Posted to An Accordion which uses your browser window to make sounds., Apr 19, 2013

    Resize your browser window, and see what happens. :)

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  • Posted to CSSCSS: A CSS redundancy analyzer that analyzes redundancy, Apr 09, 2013

    What about Chrome Element Inspector? :O

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  • Posted to Ask DN: The best Javascript books & tips for beginners, Mar 28, 2013

    I think 'JavaScript: The Good Parts' is a brilliant book for learning JavaScript From the ground up. It's written by Douglas Crockford, the guy who popularized JSON, and the way he tries to get you to understand JS in his book is beautifully simple.

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  • Posted to ASK DN: Which webhost do you use?, Mar 26, 2013

    I use BlueHost. I pay $5.95 a month for unlimited everything. I've had no issues with uptime so far, and BlueHost support is great. No complaints at all.

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  • Posted to What is the best wordpress theme?, Mar 14, 2013

    Anything you build on your own for the first time, IMO. :)

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Working for parents / relatives?, in reply to Achal Varma , Mar 14, 2013

    ...and that's why you should never sign on to do work for your relatives.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Working for parents / relatives?, Mar 14, 2013

    So, I had this uncle who wanted me to build him a website for a new business he was setting up, and I was more than happy to help. The money he said he'd pay me was no small amount, and especially since I was starting college the following fall, I thought I could use the pocket money. He didn't specify a concrete time-frame for the completion of the project. So I worked my butt off building a custom WordPress theme for him. Made all the assets, and worked on that thing for close to 2 months. One fine day, I tried to log in to the server we were developing the website on, and it didn't let me in. I tried calling my uncle, but he didn't pick up my phone, or respond to my emails. Two weeks or so later, I happened to google the company's name and their new website popped up in the search results. When I opened it, I realized that he'd hired someone else to complete the project, but had used all the stuff I had made the for the project, like the logo, the images and the WordPress theme. They hadn't changed anything! The next time I met my uncle at a family gathering, and asked him what had happened, he just shrugged it off and told me I was too slow.

    From then on, things have gotten really awkward between us. I didn't get any money for the work I put in, but my work is still live for the world to see. :(

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