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  • 1. @almonk Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 2. Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 3. Designer at GoCardless, B2B payments company Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 4. Designer at GoCardless, B2B payments company Founded 2011, now UK’s largest Direct Debit bureau Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 5. Designer at GoCardless, B2B payments company Founded 2011, now UK’s largest Direct Debit bureau Launching in Europe soon Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 6. (Do side projects) Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 7. Why do a side project? How to realise your ideas. Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 8. Learn new skills with no pressure Improve your business skills Learn about press/PR Meet new people and finally... Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 9. EMBRACE Indirect benefits can be huge. Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 10. failure / success I prefer the term... Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 11. Make something you need and you’ll make it Know what you’re making Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 12. A tube status app Project #1 Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 13. Too much functionality, not enough focus Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 14. Too much functionality, not enough focus Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 15. Too much functionality, not enough focus Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 16. Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 17. Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 18. Prototyped in HTML first Learnt rubymotion over a week Collab design with Simon Whybray Shipped 2 weeks from idea Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 19. Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 20. What happened? Featured in the Metro newspaper. #2 in AppStore. 15,000+ downloads. http://getlin.es/designandbanter GRAB A FREE COPY :D Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 21. Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 22. A concept sharing app Project #2 Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 23. What? Show off site designs Get them out of email & into browser As little ‘workflow’ as possible Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 24. Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 25. Prototyped in Wordpress first Learnt Ruby & Rails over a month Shipped 2 weeks from idea Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 26. Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 27. What happened? 3,000 users (5% paying) Used by Adobe, Facebook, Ideo 11,000+ projects Sign up on site for invite, http://flatsi.es Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 28. To sum up... Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 29. To sum up... Make something you need and you’ll make it Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 30. To sum up... Make something you need and you’ll make it Know what you’re making Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 31. To sum up... Make something you need and you’ll make it Know what you’re making Embrace your fuccesses Tuesday, 10 September 13
  • 32. @almonk Tuesday, 10 September 13