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Post 1: Day 2 of Product Development


Yesterday I wrote that I was starting to explore some ideas from the last 4 years that had started to connect.

Below are some screen grabs / mock-up’s I made today based on some resumes I was sent via Twitter and answers to this Google survey from my friend Carlos from Studio Fellow.

As I said to Carlos today, I’ve no idea what I’m actually building here. Just making things and connecting the dots.

But here are a couple of observations & thoughts that are relevant:

  1. Over the past 12 months, the number of designers that have joined LinkedIn, and/or have started using and updating the application, to my eye’s, has increased significantly.
  2. The are many great services where creative types can display their work online (The Loop, Behance, Dribbble, Cargo Collective etc.) and they all offer varying levels of social interaction.
  3. Until recently, none of them were doing mobile particularly well.
  4. LinkedIn seems to be lacking a ‘verification’ element to it. Anyone can have worked anywhere. This is not their fault, its a huge/complex problem.

I’m wondering if there is a need for some kind of mobile professional network for people who don’t fit in the LinkedIn basket?

We (the professionals who aren’t in suits and don’t have MBA’s) have so many online touch points that blur the boundary between personal and work life (e.g. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Vine, Dribbble) that perhaps there should be a network that understands this and designs for it?

I see my own and others professional lives as a deck of cards. It’s made up of a) who you are & b) what you’ve done/what you do. One face card and many numbers cards if you will.

All just fuzzy grey thoughts right now.

Notes on Mockups:
I’ve been using the Entypo Icon Set for all the icons here and I’ve referencing the current Twitter UI for iOS and Behance app UI. The objective is just to bring the idea to life as quickly as possible and make it feel like a real thing.



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