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AfterCall is the leader industry web and desktop app that helps you to capture and follow up all your business meetings.
This web app was with no hesitation the most difficult product I have built so far.
After years on designing mobile apps, come back on desktop application was challenging. The standard have changed so much over the years and make sure this app can be read and used on any devices was the most challenging requirement.
Not only this, it was a long time I had not working for the entreprise space, and he took me a little while to understand the professional customers workflow... What they need? How they work at the office?
This project required a lot of attention to details in term of design and a lot of technical skills to be able to implement different Login API such as Citrix GoToMeeting, Google Calendar, Microsoft Exchange or Office 365.
We could never be able to achieve this project without working on agile environment and communicating all the time about the daily objectives.
At the end, this product is unique on a market and bring a great value for busy employees who are always in back to back meetings.
The first feedback indicate that we captured the employees workflow in the right way thanks to the integration of their favorite business tools and almost everyone so far seems to use the product instinctively.
Find a parking space in any cities in less than 30 seconds.
Parking touch is the airBNB for parking space.
Still in private Beta (invites only)
Solving big problems require lot of work. For sure Parking Touch is one of these applications that look easy to use but represent massive challenges to overcome.
Honestly when my client asked me to build a marketplace that connect people both in the same place and in the same time, I was overwhelmed.
Sure technically I knew it was possible, but make sure that enough customers will use it in the same time and the same place was an other story.
All the challenge was first to define the customer acquisition strategy before to sketch or design anything.
As soon as we captured the distribution channel needed, we started to design an app that answer the parking space owners and drivers needs.
In a nutshell:
Drivers who are looking for a parking space are people always in the rush.
Parking space owners are people that don't have the time either to update their space every hours.
So after understanding that this application had to be built for people with no time to waste, we came out we something crazy: Make something that can be used in just 2 clicks (or 2 finger touch to be more precise).
It's too soon to know if the product will be a market success, however I'm confident about the product we built.
A new iOS app called Circle Like,
Share a picture of anything (selfie, landscape, food…) and see exactly what detail people like the most thanks to a unique experience never built in the mobile landscape.
Circle Like is a highly addictive app to get instant, fun and visual feedback on your pictures and give you a higher level of interaction with yours friends or followers.
Following the Instagram and other photo-sharing trends in the early 2010's, this app was a delight to built.
The challenge was to provide a new way for users to interact with a picture. The best idea that came up was to provide an tool to draw with a bezier curve over a picture to be able to highlight any details.
Creating a drawing experience on a mobile screen as sharp and easy to use than the existing professional tools you can find on desktop (photoshop, illustrator..) was not the easiest part but after tons of experiments, we did it.
This app was a big hit for US teenagers and I'm super proud to have engaged a strong community of heavy users who enjoy to circle pictures everyday.
KeepUp is a mobile application designed for the busy professional with an unruly mailbox. By taking a people-centered approach to managing tasks, KeepUp helps you follow up with people more easily by providing an automatic daily report of whom you should reconnect with.
This idea came up after testing the mailbox application released in early 2013.
When I used this application the first time, I immediately fell in love of the swipe gesture experience.
Of course, I recognized at that time I was not alone, every mobile designers were talking about this... so much than even Apple make this swipe gesture experience a default feature for its Mail app.
Anyway, after this NERD moment, I decided immediately to challenge myself to copy this experience and try to include it in my own application (whatever the idea).
In just 2 weeks, the app was built and like many other mobile designers, I was waiting the AppleStore approval to show my new app with the swipe gesture experience to early adopters.
I guess the swipe gesture's hype was already done and KeepUp never become a huge hit.
Otherwise, now I see again the app, I realize that it's maybe the most minimalist and most simplistic design I never did... but I still like it.
Contaxt agregates all your communications (emails, mentions, likes, and other valuable information through Calendar, Salesforce,Sharepoint etc), and enables you to add context and bookmark what's worth saving (only 1 swipe) to get smarter contact profiles.
One day during a meeting with a investor when I was living in the Silicon Valley, I got a funny conversation about how useless the contact iPhone application was.
I don't really remember why we debated about this but I remember that all the discussion was about what if we could re-invent the contact list application to make something really useful.
I know how geek it sounds but all my conversations in Silicon Valley were more or less about technology and at that time this particular discussion became for me an opportunity to challenge myself in the new direction.
That's right, the only thing you can do with your contact list application (still today) is to add, edit and remove contacts...
The problem is for most of us when it comes the time to add someone to our contact list we think first more about Facebook, LinkedIn, what's app... because it a much better way to keep in touch.
Starting with this assumption, I decided to re-create an contact list application where we can edit more than static information.
The challenge was to be able to add context to any of the contacts we have in our list:
Where we met? When was the last time we talked (phone or meeting)?, What was the subject of the discussion? Make possible to update my contact information automatically when something change (phone number, professional email address...).
The good new was that all these information were already existing somewhere on the web thanks to the social networks.
However finding a way to retrieve all this information and update them into a list was a enormous challenge because it required the integration of many many APIs.
Not only this, design wise it was nearly impossible to display so many relevant information on just a mobile screen (mostly iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 at that time).
It took me 4 months to write the product specification and design this, I can recall how many iterations I made to find the right colors to use to highlight the important information, how many font I tried to simplify the content... It was exhausting but it worth it.
After 4 months of research, design and long night of coding with developers, we finished the front-end interface.
The result was amazing, we used every technics possible to open, show and hide content (swipe, sliding menu, overlay...).
However, for some personal reasons, we never took the time to finish the back-end. Things happen sometimes but I won't never regret this challenge. I learned so much about design interaction + it was a incredible team adventure.
A Brand new Text messaging experience for Android Users who need a better user experience and a more secure way to chat with people.
The reason I started this idea was because I was looking to download a great Text-Messaging application on the Google PlayStore but I thought every default interface were looking ugly (just my opinion of course).
One night, I decided to design something that I hope everyone could easily use and like.
Most of my design inspiration for this application came from the windows 8 Flat Design (metro style for those who remember).
During the development process, I interviewed people who were using text messaging everyday to get feedback and something came up... A lot of senior people were bigs fans of text messaging because of its simplicity
It was a choke to me, because I was sure text messaging was a technology only used by teenagers and young people.... this new fact make me reconsider the whole application experience and I started to approach the design from a new angle.
First change I made:
I used really big fonts size for text messages to help anyone to read more easily without the need of wearing glasses or lenses.
I added a way to save and favorite any text message because many people love to re-read some personal and memorable texts
Finally, I realized texting would be more personal if we could see the picture avatar of the person we text with.
So I decided to implement a Facebook Login for those who need more advanced social options.
I've been super passionated by this app... So far even if in some way text messaging technology is becoming a bit irrelevant with the new dominance of messaging applications like What's app, Viber etc...
Flext is still one of my favorite application.
FastHome is an iPhone app which enables to book a home showing in one click for people searching to rent a place. - Like HOTEL TONIGHT for RENT.
Fasthome also provides you with a killer new feature: FACETIME TOUR.
Experience visiting your next home through a real-time mobile video call with a realtor.
It's an iOS app I imagined and created from scratch for a startup accelerator competition in California in 2013.
Basically I wrote all the product specifications, designed the user interface and coded the front-end and managed 2 developers to build the back-end and the web service.
I'm proud of this app because the goal was to find a way for people like me who needs to move in to a new city or country to find the perfect home without the need of travelling before (students post graduate, new employees who need to relocate...).
I love it because we solve a real life problem and provide a simple solution that everyone understand at first glance thanks to the simplicity of the design.
If you want people to remember your existence, you have to find a way to make your life unforgettable!
Pin your memories (photos, videos...) and build chapters of your life with your friends and relatives.
One day, one client pitched me a ambitious idea. "What Facebook would be if the content of everyone profile was posted by our friends and relatives"
Geneziss was a product similar to a lot of existing social networks (photo-sharing, post, comments..) at first glance but the functioning needed to be way more sophisticated to bring a new level of collaboration.
The main challenge was to find a way of aggregating content from different people profiles and to sort it into a personal lifetime chapter.
Looking for inspiration, I decided to copy a new technology at that time: "The pin" (from pinterest).
After brainstorming, we decided to build a concept where the user could read any friends profiles and would able to pin any content to add into his own biography.
This project get me a massive headache in terms of policies settings and database infrastructure.... so many rules have been designed to make sure each user could be at the same time owner of his content and renter of friends' content.
In terms of design, this project was my first experience with Twitter Bootstrap... what a revelation!!!! Thanks Twitter for this, your framework really saves me days of working times.
For the story, when we started to design the user interface of this project, we came up with the idea to display the user profile with a timeline navigation. Incredibly, 1 month after launching the Geneziss beta, Facebook released his Timeline User profile.
I think it's fair to say we were 1 month ahead Facebook design team....lol
Gamma-tester is a service that enables startups to connect with early adopters who love to test and try new web, mobile and social applications. Its mission is to build the first early adopter’s network and become the destination for startups to find beta users and testers.
Early adopters test brand new tech apps and unlock reward badges (cf: Foursquare) and help startups to get user attention and initial traction to find product/market fit.
One the most important part of the product development process is the beta test stage.
For so many entrepreneurs or small companies, it's never easy to find the right people to test their initial product, it's even more difficult to get the right feedback to be able to understand the problem.
There are a tons of services that provide you to test your product with a customer video's review... I never like it, I think it looks fake because the feedback is always too personal. I needed a tool that provide me large metrics, statistics about a specific user action.
The approach to build a tool like this was simple, to make sure the users test the features what we want them to test, we had to guide them without telling them how the product works (to make sure they understand by themselves).
To do that, I got my inspiration from a car GPS... instead it had to be a website GPS.
With my developer, we created a script to insert in any website code that enables any developer to track user clicks and understand how the customer will go to the point A to B.
On the user side, it was simple too. Every time a user connect to any website with the gamma tester technology inserted, a dashboard appeared and asked him to do a specific action (login, add to cart, share a picture...) or to go on a specific page.
Thanks to this technology, we knew in real time if the user were on the right track or if the user experience were broken somewhere.
Gamma tester is maybe the product I built that got the best traction.
Later we leveraged a community of users who were participating to the beta tests and were excited to help new startups to build great products.
To be honest, I never really focus on the design for this product, everything was about make a product reliable.
Mowments enables organizing Facebook friends into private groups of discussion to share a specific topic or a specific moment.
See also wireframes of iOS app (4 last pictures)
Wuiper technology enables sending text messages from the internet and receiving online messages initially sent by text messages.
Users can reveal their identity step by step thanks to a unique privacy control system. They can share more information like pictures and profile info.
This service was my first time entrepreneur experience (2007/2009) and even it was not as successful as I could imagined, it helped me to learn a lot about how to build a product from scratch and manage a product team.
The tricky part of this project was to build a platform that supports both Text messaging and chat communications.
The look and feel of the user interface was very modern at that time compare to others messaging tools on the market. I spent a lot of time to think about creating the best user experience possible for the users.
Nowadays, it’s easy to click and interact with people but for a lot of people it is not as easy to meet people in Real Life as it is online. How does one bring the advantages of online dating to Real Life?
Wuiper idea came to me when I participated in Miami Springbreak in 2004. I observed people interactions and realized how cool it would be to re-connect with people we had met during night parties.
Wuiper products are designed and built from scratch. We worked for hours on end to create and design a beautiful product, easy to use and understand.
Thanks to “the Wuip” that can be stick on anyone’s clothes, people can chat anonymously by text messages through a single unique digital code(patented technology).
It enables you to text and chat with anyone you want without needing any contact information or phone number… Magic!!
We opted for the Text messaging technology instead of a smartphone application to enable anyone who owns a mobile phone in the world to use it (no exception).
One more thing, Text messages are free… Crazy!!!
I called it… Street Dating.