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  1. Episode 1: How Nerdy Of An Answer Do You Want? (feat. Sam Soffes) – The Design Details Podcast

    The first episode of Design Details has arrived! For our opening show, we sat down with designer and developer Sam Soffes to talk about his latest project (Whiskey), building in public, brag-driven development and his interest in working as a designer.

    This is our first episode and we’re learning a lot! We’d love your feedback or suggestions – give a shout on Twitter, @designdetailsfm or send us a private email!

    Sam Soffes on the Web:

    Website / Portfolio




    Nothing Magical

    Whiskey Markdown Editor

    Sam’s Blog

    Sam’s Video Podcast

    More About Sam

    Hire Sam

    Show Notes:

    1:35 – We chat with Sam about his latest labor of love, Whiskey.

    Tim Van Damme of Dropbox designed a theme

    Sam is building Whiskey in public via feedback on Twitter and with public release notes

    3:57 – Are there any downsides to building a side project in public?

    4:27 – How do you stay motivated to keep working on side projects and client work?

    6:30 – We talk about some of Sam’s older projects.

    Cheddar (which we compared to Whiteboard)


    7:50 – Discussion about the difficulty selling apps, including Cheddar and Roon

    Ghost Acquires Roon

    Roon’s open-source Ghost theme

    11:15 – How do you balance freelancing with clients and building your own side projects?

    Nothing Magical

    12:10 – We dive a bit deeper into the challenges of building Whiskey – what’s your product philosophy?

    iA Writer

    18:45 – Sam shares a brilliant product development hack.

    Example of the changelog process

    22:33 – What does it take to design a text/markdown editor?

    Whiskey App Icon on Dribbble

    Louie Mantia

    26:05 – Sam has built several photo apps; we dive into the process.


    Kevin Rose

    Marc Hemeon

    Marc Hemeon’s blog post on Building Tiiny

    A screenshot of Tiiny’s onboarding instructions

    Sam on Github


    Aaron Marshall

    37:40 – We chat about Sam’s motorcycle trip through South Africa

    Sam’s public photostream

    Sam’s Instagram

    Aaron Marshall on Instagram

    43:52 – Dan Cassaro for Deus

    44:01 – Sam tells us about designing an onboarding experience in Litely


    Litely was named one of Apple’s Best Apps of 2014

    48:35 – Should you develop an app for equity over cash?

    50:50 – Sam talks about his move from development to design. Can taste be learned?

    Aaron Draplin Takes On a Logo Design Challenge

    57:27 – We briefly chat about prototyping and the tools Sam uses.


    Sublime Text

    —Huffduffed by chrislawrence

  2. Responsive Day Out 2: Ethan Marcotte

    Ethan Marcotte speaking at the second Responsive Day Out in Brighton on June 27th.

    The Responsive Day Out is an affordable, enjoyable gathering of UK designers and developers sharing their workflow strategies, techniques, and experiences with responsive web design.

    —Huffduffed by chrislawrence

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