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DeveloPassion's Newsletter - Prototyping

DeveloPassion's Newsletter - Prototyping
By Sébastien Dubois • Issue #33 • View online
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Welcome to the 33rd edition
Another week, another newsletter! I hope that you all had a great one 🤩
This week I’ve spent quite a lot of time reading. I’ve finished going through How To Take Smart Notes again, and this time around I’ve captured the important bits. I will publish my summary of the book if you’re interested.
I’ve also continued exploring design, which is a field I don’t know nearly enough about.
And I’ve also learned a few more things…

Prototyping
Together with André, I’ve continued working on the UX of my current small bet, a tool for productive thinkers. Our goal is to marry note-taking and time blocking to boost mindfulness and productivity.
We haven’t chosen a name for the product yet, but the core experience is now pretty well defined. We have created wireframes for the whole user journey and made those interactive. Learning by doing is my favorite thing. And even though we knew little about Figma when we got started, we picked up a few things while working together, such as how to create an interactive prototype.
We’re now busy with the UI design; taking care of the important visual elements. Our goal is not to design the whole thing right away, but instead to design the bare minimum so that we have supporting material to showcase the project.
André and I are real productivity nuts, and it shows. Creating a prototype has enabled us to explore various aspects of the product that we wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.
We’ve had a few strokes of genius along the way 😂. The main one is that we want to make the calendar integration a first-class citizen in our product. We will let you display the calendar right next to the notes. Thanks to that, you’ll be able to plan tasks and move things around with ease. Planning your days and weeks will become a real piece of cake 🎂.
Here’s a sneak peek at UI we have in mind so far:
An important idea here is to be able to drag/drop bullet points onto the calendar to schedule those.
An important idea here is to be able to drag/drop bullet points onto the calendar to schedule those.
Being able to show/hide the calendar will be very convenient; no need to switch between multiple applications! You’ll be able to stay focused by always having a clear overview of what you should do next. A “focus” mode will also be available to get all the noise out of your way and let focus on one thing.
We have tons of ideas in mind to turn this into a powerful Tool for Thought (TfT) and productivity combo.
The next step for us is to create, publish and promote the landing page in order to try and (in)validate our idea. We will launch it really soon!
👉 Join the waiting list: https://apps.developassion.be/productivity
Recent articles
This week I haven’t published anything new.
How cool is that?!
The Deep Sea
Tips of the week
The tip of the week is dedicated to newcomers in IT. It’s a Twitter thread that I’ve shared earlier this week. It’s a tiny glimpse into the roadmap proposed by Dev Concepts:
Sébastien Dubois
If you want to #learntocode, focus on learning and understanding concepts.

Here's a small thread to help you out! 👇🏻
Books corner
This week, since I’m knee-deep into design, I want to share one of the best books on the subject by Don Norman:
The Design Of Everyday Things
Quotes of the week
  • “Boring is only for boring people with no imagination.” (Tim Tharp)
  • “A startup with revenue has 100 problems. A startup without revenue just has one.”
Links of the week
Here are a few links that I found interesting this week:
Remix - Build Better Websites
Rich Harris has joined Vercel
New in Chrome 96 - Chrome Developers
What's new in Lighthouse 9.0 - Chrome Developers
CSS Shadow Palette Generator
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