A variety of things i've designed, built, failed at building etc.
I've designed a lot of things. Some worked out, some didn't. Lots of learnings in the process.
Linklater - Bookmark, Sort and Share links from Tiktok and Insta
Add a little personality to bookmarking with notes, ratings and seamless copying from social apps
It's difficult to keep all your bookmarks organized on social platforms like instagram and tiktok
Send links via iMessage / SMS to LinkLater. A webapp that sorts your links and allows you to add your notes and ratings all embedded in your messaging platform (imessage, android message via SMS). You can sort by multiple methods (Keywords, ⭐️ ratings, and 🍳 emojis)
Gmail - In Progress
Send a small status update vs waiting to reply
Business customers are waiting to hear back from clients, but clients don't have the information to give the reply they need (but still want to inform on status)
I broke down email execution into 3 actions: 1. Done (Task is complete) 2. In Progress (Received and working on it) 3. Hold (Received, but will get back when I have all the information)
Spotify - Waveform Hype
Discover the best parts of a song quickly
There is too much music, users need to be able to explore the best part of the song quickly to understand if it's something they'll like or not.
Create a visualization in waveform of the most played portion of a song (user data showing replays of a section). This allows you to easily scan ahead to the most hyped point of the song to quickly understand if it is of your taste or not.
Subcat - Pinch Into Subcategories of Photos (iOS App)
Discover related photography with one simple pinch gesture
Exploring new topics requires too much friction for the user. (tapping into, following, subscribing.) There is too much friction.
By using the pinch/zoom gesture, we created a platform that could make it super simple for users to discover related imagery. Once you see an image you like, you can zoom into a portion of it to take into a slightly different library of images. Very low friction decision making.
ThirdBird - Make conversations easier with a third party
Bring a 3rd party into your conversation to make it simple to say the more difficult things.
Sometimes it's not easy to say the things you want to say. Especially with text messaging, it's difficult to understand the tone or emotion of the other party.
Create a simple way to generate a third party in a messaging environment (iMessage App). This allows you talk through an animated character to soften the tone of any disagreement or just add a little bit of fun to any conversation.
More to be added!
Wrapping It Up 🎁
I will build many products in the future, but ideally I'll spend more time on one focused product with an excellent execution.
Challenges and Learnings
I have found a lot of value in continuous productivity vs waiting on perfect results. It's so much better to continually deliver small milestones than be waiting for and possibly not even delivering big ones. What would you change?
I would spend more time doing research, drawing, and focusing on the team.