Naming any business is hard.

Maybe it's time to try it in public #buildinpublic.

We are building tools to make product designers' lives amazing.

This is one option we were throwing around ๐Ÿ‘‡
Designer friends, time for another Figma Plugin ๐Ÿคฉ

Export prototype to video/gif ๐ŸŽž

My friend @sohei1L & I, invite you to join us on this live 48-hour build thread ๐Ÿงต

๐Ÿ›  Day 366-373 - Contract + Events

Been busy with contract work and events:
2x Student Talks ๐Ÿ“ฃ
1x Organizing Startup drinks ๐Ÿป
1x Organizing Halloween party ๐ŸŽƒ

Been able to tame the contract work a little now the platform has been launched.

๐Ÿ›  Day 365 - Figma Design ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽจ

Had a fun day designing the flow for Conceptual in Figma (gosh, I love that product).

Why not just code?

I do have a lot of the technical pieces in a POC state. Now I need to bring them all together.

Design helps achieve clarity.

๐Ÿ›  Day 364 - Research

Spent the day researching what problems designers face & what they ask for.

Used that knowledge to brainstorm ideas with @sohei1L to work on a fun project together ๐Ÿ˜.

Found a few exciting golden nuggets ๐Ÿฅ‡

Psst, designers ๐Ÿค™

๐Ÿ›  Day 357-363 - Cashflow ๐Ÿ’ฐ

Oct 1 was my trigger for 6-months runway.
Given we are in recession for the next 12-18 months, I decided to focus on cashflow.

Thus, I started a contract 3-days week. The scope turned out to be larger than I expected.

๐Ÿ›  Day 352-356 - Figma Gradients Plugin ๐ŸŒˆ

Last week, I built a tool for developers to make it easier to work with Figma files.

It was a test of Open Source as a distribution strategy.

This week, I wanted to help designers and try Figma plugin publishing.

๐Ÿ›  Day 351 - People ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿง‘

Started a co-founder search and had a few great conversations.

Went to a few networking events and talked to founders & designers ๐Ÿ˜.

This will be my post-indie hacker life. The team โค๏ธ.

Appreciate intros if you know someone.

๐Ÿ›  Day 345-347 - Figma News ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Finally, I figured out how to import and modify Figma content.

As I was celebrating, tragedy. Our beloved design tool was bought by Adobe ๐Ÿ˜ญ.

After 24 hours of shock, I decided to act and help designers prepare for the worst.

๐Ÿ›  Day 343-344 - Post Vacation ๐ŸŒด

System shock between 12-2am. All my todos entered my head at once, and with it all the worry.

When I woke up, I decided to focus my YC application. Yes, not fun, but impactful.

Completed my YC Application draft and video ๐Ÿฅณ.

Time to go for a walk + snack and review it later. 4 more hours to go...

Love to hear what you think of the video. Share your below ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ›  341-342 Day - Rendering Engines โš™๏ธ

Tested out several approaches to get Figma to render and modify content outside of the official editor.

I found a way to balance accuracy, stability and performance ๐Ÿคฉ. I can't wait for you to try it.

@conceptual_so #buildinpublic
๐Ÿ›  Day 340 - PM Breakdown

Sometimes a task that seems simple grows much larger.

In this case, users were confused when they first started using the app. I thought a simple tutorial would help.

2-weeks later and it is clear it is not yet done.

@conceptual_so #buildinpublic
๐Ÿ“ข Day 336-339 - People ๐Ÿ’œ

Went to a 2-day conference @TractionConf_io and talked to 50 incredible people. It was a blast.

Met CMOs, CEOs, CTOs, VCs, Founders and more.

Then it took two days to follow up with everyone ๐Ÿคฃ.

Was it worth it?

@conceptual_so #buildinpublic
๐Ÿ›  Day 331-335 - Deep in the weeds ๐ŸŒฑ

My desk looked like a mad scientist for the last couple of days ๐Ÿ™ˆ.

Given 3 points for the gradient handles, I was trying to figure out how to display it in Figma.

It took a math refresher and sheer will ๐Ÿคฃ

@conceptual_so #buildinpublic
๐Ÿ›  Day 329-330 - Onboarding ๐Ÿ›ฌ

Started working on onboarding and had to add the confetti ๐ŸŽ‰ and emojis ๐Ÿคฃ.

Ironically, it is the first time I have used Figma for UI design before coding in a while. This time it helped me plan UX better.

@conceptual_so #buildinpublic
๐Ÿ›  Day 328 - Sent Invitations ๐Ÿ’Œ

Sent out five invites to try out the Plugin.

My friend hit a wall when he saw empty content.

I thought this might happen, but it was good to experience it through fresh eyes.

Now the focus is on onboarding XP

@conceptual_so #buildinpublic
๐Ÿ›  Day 325-327 - User Testing ๐Ÿงช

Braved the heat wave โ˜€๏ธ and finally stopped procrastinating and got plugin install instructions done.

My first tester was my lovely gf. She found bugs ๐Ÿ™ˆ. It was really good to get a fresh set of eyes on it.

@conceptual_so #buildinpublic
๐Ÿ›  Day 324 - Cleanup Done โœ…

Finished cleaning up the layout. It's all working now well enough.

Time to stop procrastinating and write those instructions & invite the first few users.

Is anyone else putting off documentation? ๐Ÿ™ˆ

@conceptual_so #buildinpublic
๐Ÿ›  Day 323 - Layout & Cleanup ๐Ÿงน

Before adding a few new pages and examples for the new plugin, I decided to clean things up.

I created a separate layout for the customer-facing app from Tailwind UI and internal-admin (for me) using Mantine.

@conceptual_so #buildinpublic