Sam Otis

Lead UI Developer / Designer
“Colors are like my children. I like them all, but if they end up in the wrong place, doing the wrong thing, we’re going to have to talk.”

Sam’s first computer was one of those computers that didn't have the internet or games or ... really anything. It was, in his words, a glorified electric typewriter. Which isn’t to say Sam is old — it’s just that he’s been a part of the web since the beginning.

It really started with an internship for his aunt’s marketing firm, where he worked as a graphic designer and began forging his path toward digital. He did freelance websites in college. He saw the landscape shift toward the web. And he was right on the forefront.

Nowadays, he’s handling everything from user experience to front-end development and leads the design process around the office. You may even find him drawing a squid or some equally web-savvy creature around Now What? Conference time. Outside of the office, drop Sam in a forest (with mountains, if you don’t mind). Wi-Fi optional.

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Designing for Dark Mode

  • Sam Otis and Corey Vilhauer
  • Jun. 25 2021

Dark mode is increasingly becoming a part of modern web design. But is it right for your new site? Blend's lead designer Sam Otis talks through the benefits and potential pitfalls.

A Recap of Sam Otis’ “Click to Continue”

  • Sam Otis and Corey Vilhauer
  • Oct. 06 2017

On Wednesday, we were led down a path of conventions and interfaces — from the first computers, to the future of how we interact with technology — as the Sioux Falls Content + Design Group participated in Sioux Falls Design Week with a presentation by Blend’s senior designer, Sam Otis, on the past and future of graphical user interfaces (GUIs).


“Smarter Responsive Design” — Sioux Falls Content Strategy Meetup

  • Mar. 25 2015

Sam Otis talks about responsive design, the messy needs of navigation, and how we can improve the user experience of mobile devices.

Spinning Pixels into Websites: Design Thinking from Three Angles

  • Sam Otis
  • Dec. 12 2013

The design process is often shrouded in mystery. But while legends prop up the mystical “creative” and its magical design abilities, web design thrives on a much more grounded approach.