Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Dave Millar: Noteworthy Software Engineer and Puzzle Designer

Stephanie

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RD: Please tell us a little bit about yourself, and about what kind of puzzles you author.

Dave: I’m David Millar, resident of Fort Worth, TX, software engineer by day, sudoku author, maze artist, and fantasy cartographer by night. I publish logic, number, and word puzzles on my puzzle blog, The Griddle, and draw maps for tabletop gamers (think Dungeons and Dragons) and post them in my web app, Dave’s Mapper.

RD: How and when did you first discover Rhodia products?

Dave: I first saw them in notebook stashes on the notebook enthusiast group “Field Nuts”. While it was started for fans of the Field Notes Brand notebooks, members post photos and experiences of a wide variety of products, and Rhodia products caught my eye. The first time I bought a few was when visiting friends in St. Paul, MN at the awesome art shop Wet Paint.

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RD: Does using Rhodia products in any way make your job easier? (Do quality tools make the job easier?)

Dave: Most definitely. I’m currently using a dotPad no. 12 and love how I can draw heavy lines with my bold Sharpie pens and there’s no bleed through to the next page. I also just love the use of dot grid; it’s not a widely used style but is really great for maintaining structure without getting in the way.

RD: Which are your favorite Rhodia products?

Dave: So far I only have experience with the dotPads, but am eager to try others. The black cover editions really go well in my shirt pocket with any style and color of shirt I wear.

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RD: Do you use them in any way that is specific to your job?

Dave: Oh yes! When I’m working on software projects, many of my user experience mock ups start as rough sketches in my notepad. When in puzzling mode, I’ve always got work-in-progress puzzles making good use of the pages’ grid structure, and likewise with my map sections.

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RD: Pencil, pen, or other? Favorites?

Dave: I usually use Sharpie pens in a few colors and thicknesses, mainly because of their permanence and bold colors. More recently I’ve started using pencil to plan a bit better before going back in ink on maps or puzzles, and I’ve been using a great aluminum mechanical pencil from Modern Fuel Design via Kickstarter.

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RD: Is there any way we could improve on your favorite product?

Dave: I love the dotPads I have so far and have no complaints about the insides. I’m always happy to see new cover designs, but the bold black and orange colors are good enough for me.


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