Figma comments, now on your phone!
What was project about
A mobile app for iOS and Android to continue with your comment conversation on Figma. You can subscribe to updates to a bunch of files and get instant access to the conversation on the phone.
Further plan included creating a Slack App, Viewing full canvas and file browser – all via your mobile phone.
I stopped this project when Figma announced their Slack App which was in fact the same thing what I was planning to build.
How was the project developed
Firebase with Node.js
React with customised Material UI
React Native with a focus on using native navigation patterns
What I gained
- Launching a product on my own is the biggest achievement. I had never done that before, and doing that last 5% of work to put something out there was new to me. I feel this unlocked something inside me and removed the hesitation of launching another side project.
- Although I have development background, this project needed me think of both short term-MVP launch and a longer term second version too. Next to that, I had to plan out my work as if it's another job - brushing up my management skill. And lastly, I wanted to design things that were relatable to Figma but still easy to use.
- I also gained a lot of confidence in working with all three pillars of development - backend, website and apps. Apart from minor changes (Next.js instead of React), I might stick to this stack for my next projects too.
- During all of this, I was taking help from my partner, Indhuja, for not only design but also on how to structure the development topics like database, API structures and how could I iterate in the future. Since both of us are Product Designers first, this also helped us discuss the nuances of structuring databases and API.
What I learned
- Don't settle for a smaller concept. Release something which is actually useful. I feel I should have gone with the Slack App first. This question came up again and again, Figma is work but my phone is personal, why would I install this app. I ignored it and went ahead just to learn this technology (or rather stay in my comfort zone).