My friend Ryan had been working on a project for a few months in stealth mode when I asked to see how it was going. He presented his working demo that had little to no design applied: just a couple input fields and a link to a github repo. The math was way over my head but his enthusiasm got me excited too — I wanted in.
I took a weekend and whipped together a surprise unsolicited redesign because everyone loves an unsolicited redesign of thier work, what could go wrong? Luckily Ryan was into it and brought me on to be in charge of the front end.
Since there’s no dedicated front-end developer I’m expected to code the designs I propose which has been a great “throw the kid into the deep end” experience - learning about project architecture, adapting to unfamiliar frameworks, becoming less of a git buffoon - so many lessons learned.
On April 19th we had to shudder our proverbial doors since Google released what was essentially a direct competitor. Big bummer but I can personally say I learned A LOT during my time with the project.
On to the next side project…