Ever wondered what it might be like to sell your own physical product? Jon Wheatley shares the results of his yearlong experiment selling his own iPhone case called Peel.
I wanted a case that had a very low profile and also one that was branding free. After a lot of back and forth with a few different factories, I managed to find one that could do what I wanted. I placed an order with them then signed up to Shopify. I had a working store in about half an hour. I then tweeted about it and the orders started to trickle in.
Some good insight into how much work shipping your own product is, and the importance of good packaging design.
This was also very nice to see:
Returns aren’t worth the effort
On the rare occasion that a case arrives damaged or defective, we either send people a full refund or a replacement. Dealing with returns just isn’t worth the effort for us and it’s also a pretty horrible experience for the customer. People are nearly always pleasantly surprised that we don’t require them to return the item before getting a replacement or refund. That makes them happy. We chalk this up as a marketing expense and move on.
Via Oliver Cameron
Here’s a minor iOS 6 tweak that was just pointed out to me:
When you’re choosing a wallpaper, images are automatically resized to fit the full display – since I assume most people don’t like using only part of an image as a wallpaper (I certainly don’t).
Here’s what it would have previously looked like (in iOS 5) if you chose an landscape image to use as a wallpaper on your iPhone:
Instead, iOS automatically fills the screen with your image, like this:
You can of course shrink the image down if you like, but it’s nice not to have to play around pinching in and out if you just want your image to fill the display vertically.
Hat tip to @amelia_rosebell for pointing this out!
Great marketing video for what looks to be a great product.
I wonder how well they’ll do after the initial buzz dies down. It’s going to be incredibly tough to steal market share from the big boys.
Felix Baumgartner is attempting to break the speed of sound, while free falling from the edge of space.
Watch this incredible visualization of the entire process created by Peter Clausen Film and AixSponza.
Red Bull Stratos, a mission to the edge of space. Felix Baumgartner will be going up to 120,000 feet in a capsule attached to a helium balloon. Once he’s up there he’ll jump doing the highest parachute jump ever done by a human.
Read more about the mission here.
This time I was the interviewee:
Shawn and Ben are joined by Ryan Cash, former marketing director at Marketcircle and founder of Snowman, makers of the iPhone reminders app, Checkmark. We talked with Ryan about his transition and motivation to go from working for a medium-sized company to starting his own indie iOS dev shop, the challenges of building and shipping an iPhone app, and more.
Thanks guys, I had fun!
Alex MacCaw, in his article about working at Stripe:
It turns out that the average monitor size at a company is a good tell as to how much employers care about first-class equipment and, in turn, their employees. Stripe get this right.
Overall this design is a major improvement over the 4/4S. Functionally, it’s worlds better, and aesthetically, I think it’s stunning. At first glance it doesn’t appear to be dramatically different from its predecessor, but when you really dig into it, there are a ton of changes that make it appreciably nicer. If you aren’t excited about it now, you will be when you see one in person. Classic Apple design refinement.
And the coke nail callout is amazing.
(Via Marco Arment & Matthew Panzarino)
"Micro-technology makes it smaller than a business card…slip one on your key-ring, and you’ll remember everything!"
If you don’t use Checkmark, this is probably your next best bet. It even has a built-in flashlight.
Business Insider, writing about Checkmark:
Checkmark is a new location-based reminders app that rivals our old favorite Clear and Apple’s own Reminders.
The article also features a bit of Q/A with yours truly about the development of Checkmark.
Checkmark for iPhone is the fastest way to remind yourself of all the things you have to do in your busy life – and now it’s available for sale in the App Store.
For a limited time try Checkmark for just 0.99 cents.
I was stunned when I saw a TV commercial for Internet Explorer during this season’s premiere of Breaking Bad last night, so I decided to look it up on YouTube to share with a friend.
While doing so, I came across another IE 9 ad – this time quoting ConceivablyTech:
I then decided it would be a good idea to check out this “Conceivably Tech” website…
Now I can see how “Conceivably Tech” called it “simply stunning”.
Also note that Microsoft refers to them as “Conceivably Tech” (two words), when it should read “ConceivablyTech”.
It’s a little surprising (or maybe not) that Microsoft would quote such a small and unaccredited website in a major commercial, alongside The New York Times…but then again, it is Microsoft.
Note: I’m not making any judgements about ConceivablyTech’s writing – I didn’t read anything there. I do however, recommend they invest in a good web designer.
Today’s a big day for me.
After a ton of hard work I can finally share what I’ve been working on with the rest of the world – Checkmark for iPhone.
It all started last year when I began using Reminders for iPhone during the iOS 5 developer preview. Reminders quickly became my favourite app for iPhone, specifically due to the ability to set location-based reminders.
Setting location-based reminders for my to-do’s ensured I always remembered to do them when I was able to. I was in love.
After a few weeks of heavy use I realized how annoying it was to set these location-based reminders with the Reminders app. It’s almost as bad to set a date/time based reminder too.
Of course with Siri it’s not a huge hassle but who wants to talk into their phone when they’re out with friends to set reminders?
A bit of research confirmed my suspicion – most of the people I spoke with only use Siri to set reminders if they’re driving. A few people mentioned that they use it if they’re alone, but usually they just enter them manually because they’re used to doing that. Nobody wants to be heard saying “Shave when I get home” when they’re out at a restaurant with a group of friends.
So I set out to build an app that would greatly improve the reminder creation process for both location and time-based reminders. And that’s how Checkmark came to be.
We brought the reminder creation process down to 3 steps from 11 for location-based reminders, and from 8 to 3 for date/time reminders.
Along the way we decided to add some other cool things, like the ability to add a time delay to a reminder (props to Adam Lisagor for the idea) so that your phone doesn’t alert you while you’re walking in the front door with your arms full of groceries – set it to remind you 15 minutes after you arrive. We can also show you a list of everything you have to do, sorted by how far things are from your current location, and more
This is just the beginning for Checkmark. We have a ton of plans for the future and we’re already hard at work on some exciting new things.
I can’t wait for everyone to try it.
Visit www.getcheckmark.com for a sneak peak. We’ll be shipping soon!