Nicky Hajal

What if WIP had real-time work sessions?

I am working on something that is called Work Mode.
A central and global Pomodoro times, that keeps running and you can hook into. No need to set software on your machine, just go to the site and use that timer.

The idea is to have multiple people working at the same pace and having a break also at the same pace.

I did a couple of runs in a physique location with 1 central running Pomodoro clock, and that worked great.

But ad a designer I got stuck on the programming part of that clock and having the site behaves based on that same timer. So, no solution very soon from me. But the idea, the proof and start is there.

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Marc KΓΆhlbrugge

How do you collect and browse visual inspiration?

I collect everything i see online and like on a Tumblr page: acffca.tumblr.com
Every now and then I scroll trough it when I need a bit of inspiration.

πŸ‘» Ghost

thoughts on dark interfaces for web apps?

I love it, but only use it for when it is made. In the evening of the early morning to be easy on the eyes.

Ang J

how do you add gifs/pictures to your todos?

After sending a /done via Telegram upload one via the quick way. Drag a picture in the Telegram window and drop it in the bottom half. You need to upload it within a certain timeframe to have it attached to the /done. That time is not known by me.

Yuko Fukushima

For non-native English speakers, how do you write your content in natural English?

I run Grammarly on the background when I write. This help a lot to improve the writing.

Yup and the web app gives you a 'grade' so u can evaluate your writing :)

Thank you for answering! Is it like a Hemingway app? Do you think Grammarly is more accurate?

Hi, Patrick! Thank you for the tips :D
I cancelled Grammarly long time ago, but I will give it a try it again! Thank you!

Fredrik Aurdal

Any new ideas for WIP stickers?

Love to have one on my MacBook. I suggest the standard emoji + name we see every day.
A big one on the cover so that everybody can see that you are busy. And a small one next to the trackpad, to remind yourself constantly to keep pushing it forward.

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Like so. Also as a wallpaper. But mainly on the left of the trackpad.

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Akshay Kadam (A2K)

How do you make your logos unique?

A logo is a weird thing. When one is set and people recognise it is is okay. The Nike logo could have been everything, but now it is loaded with the values of the brand and the perception have from it.

For WIP.chat is a standard emoji, which works for the incrowd folks. But outside this community it is hardly to see that this is a logo of a community. The other downside is that is is a common symbol. Not unique. So you can not claim the use of it, and it can be used in other ways by anyone. So you can not claim it.

The process of making a brand is huge one and involves a lot of thinking, talking, sketching and trying. And even the logo part will take a long time. At least if you want to have some story and depth behind it.

Of course you can go for a simple solution, and just combine 2 shapes and call it your logo. This can work, a lot of succesfull companies did it. But you have to work harder to have it recognised as the symbol for your brand.

I usually start by defining what the brand of product is doing, what is unique, who is the audience, what are the clichΓ©s in this world. Stuff like that. And then start drawing shapes, figures, writing the name in different ways. And in that process there will come up a starting point for a logo. I trust on my experience that I will come up with a good fit for the brand.

Wow thank you for this thorough answer πŸ™Œ
I'll try to apply these principles in my upcoming projects

Thanks man. And if you need help, I am just 1 Telegram message away.

Jonathan

What has your experience been with freelancers from Toptal, 99designs or Dribble?

Dribbble is another league. It is a showcase site for designers. Not a place where you can hire people to do small jobs for you like on 99designs.
People on Dribbble can show that they are open for hiring, but you should contact them as a lose contact where sites like 99designs ar build specific for contacting people.

Thanks. I noticed that they have a paid product that helps put you in touch with designers, do you have any experience with that? Does anyone use it?

I do not. I only know that as a designer you can go pro, and set a 'available' tag beside your profile.

Akshay Kadam (A2K)

How do you make your logos unique?

Making a logo unique is about the idea behind it. Not the font of shadows. It should tell a story, makes people curious and make them wonder what is there more te discover.

That's a good thought. So let's say I have a mobile app which displays remote jobs (this is my next app πŸ˜‚). How would you go about it?

Like for WIP, its easy, just show 🚧 emoji. It becomes tedious when your product isn't common or based on emoji keywords. Should we make it on the story then? I have another idea for Templates for Mobile App. Now again there really isn't a story here. How to go then?

Patrick Loonstra

Who is running a newsletter as a product? And how do you grow your list?

I run a weekly newsletter full with inspiration. Every week on monday 9.00 sharp I send the newsletter via Mailchimp to 160-ish people, of which around 50% open and read the mail. Pretty happy with the contant flow of it. I just made editio 205 of the Good Monday! mail, but I want to grow it from here and even make a little money off it. For the last part I use Patreon, and for the rest, everything of open to grow and monetize.

Who is running also a newsletter as a product?

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