September 3, 2019No Comments

Teaser: a modern, atomic wireframe kit

I’m working on an atomic wireframe kit. So far, it only covers basic parts for macOS, but when it’s done it should work for cross-platform applications.

I tried out several existing wireframe kits but none of them matched my requirements. Most of the kits are outdated because they were created before Sketch offered color and type styles. I figure this was a good opportunity to flex some skills.

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August 23, 2019No Comments

OK Roar v0.1: a prototype

I’ve been thinking about starting a new project and/or company for the past year. I had an idea gestating for a while and when I learned Startup School was starting, I decided to join up and take the leap.

OK Roar is productivity tracking and management for non-managers. It’s designed to be intuitive and automated, offloading much of the cognitive overhead of self-management:

  • todo lists that break projects into actionable items
  • keeping track of what I’m doing throughout the day
  • setting task for the next day / week
  • assigning tasks to Pomodoro sessions
  • documenting daily, weekly, monthly progress
  • planning and tracking OKRs and integrating them into action items

I started by building a prototype (shown above). It’s a Pomodoro timer for macOS that asked “what did I do?” at the end of each pomo session. By the end of the day, I had a long list that I could copy & paste into my work journal.

I used the prototype for a couple of days and found it to be very rewarding, so that’s good news. I've also discovered a big UX flaw (can't add manual entries) and started on a redesign. There are other core features I'll need like user settings, metrics, and a journal of some kind to keep track of many days of entries. I also want it to start automatically and have smarter work sessions lengths.

More to come... Should be fun!

August 7, 2019No Comments

12 ways to maximize 5-star ratings for your apps

I ran an Android studio for many years. We released four apps including HD Widgets, which ranked as a #1 paid app, had millions of users, and maintained a 4.5+ star rating for years.

What did we do right? What did we do wrong? Here are my insights on how to maximize 5-star ratings for your apps.

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July 26, 2019No Comments

Android exercise: OMG Star Wars 2.0

I just put the finishing touches on OMG Star Wars, an Android app demo I’ve been working on for the past few weeks.

It uses some of the original base layouts but provides a cleaner, more civilized look and feel. I got a chance to experiment more with the upcoming MaterialComponents (still in alpha) and practices with some hidden features like AutoTextSize and LayoutAnimation for RecyclerViews.

Check it out in my portfolio.

July 1, 2019No Comments

Android development exercise: OMG Star Wars!

I was recently contacted about a Senior Product Design role that is potentially a hybrid design & development role. After meeting with them and discussing my Android background, they asked that I do a take-home coding exercise based on the Star Wars API.

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May 19, 20192 Comments

Cats & Flowers

Please enjoy a springtime mix featuring tracks from All Day I Dream, Shanti Radio Moscow, Tale & Tone, and others. Some deep house, some desert house, and lots of bright bells.

Full Mix

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