Today Sean Kowaski, John Fehr and myself embark on the first of which I hope is many journeys on the road to Crowdscriber. We are headed to Chicago, a city for which I’ve only seen the inside of the airport.
What brings us to Chicago? Well, there is a company there by the name of Avenue Inc. They’ve been clients of Grind for the past 2 years give or take however for this trip Grind is their client. You see, I’ve been so impressed with the UI and UX work they do on the iOS projects we code for them that I’ve decided to hire them, in a sense, to help us really nail down how our product will work. I say “in a sense” because our companies have struck an understanding that “I scratch your back, you scratch mine”.
The relationship we’ve forged is perfect for a startup, in a nutshell we are bartering software development dollars for creative dollars. I’m a huge proponent for look and feel, and the importance of understanding how a user should interact with software. That’s precisely why I know we need pro help to make sure our app is a killer product.
Upon arrival we immediately felt welcomed as Avenue setup a nice little Canadian table. The thing in the middle has a bit of special significance as it’s a product which we wrote an iOS app about for Avenue for one of their clients. I know, it’s a napkin dispenser but the app was actually pretty cool 🙂
The day was pretty productive, John G. took us through an exercise that forced us to really think how the user will interact with our product. Questions like “what happens when they click here?” or “how are you going to accomplish X?” I for one tend to glance over details, but John definitely is detailed oriented. This comes as no surprise to me. Many a night when trying to meet a deadline John will want “just one more build” because some UI component is off by a pixel. They say the devil is in the details, so these exercises are really good for me and ultimately for the product.
The Grind team has been up since 4am this morning, we’re back at the hotel and going to grab a quick bite to eat and some nice refreshments. We’ll hit the ground running again after a good night’s sleep. Next we tackle some naming.