Rob Alan

Rob Alan

Interactive & Branding Consultant Joined almost 10 years ago via an invitation from Samuel H. Rob has invited Justin Thiele

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  • Posted to Ask DN: Who has forum app suggestions?, Oct 26, 2015

    Found Discourse and Muut. I dig the combination of comments and forum a la Muut. Any others in that vein?

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  • Posted to How Yo Onboards New Users, Oct 03, 2014

    Yet another nice teardown!

    The password recovery setup process is different and takes care of some back and forth, but I have to say it seems clunky to me. Maybe because it's so out of the blue? You go from allowing push notifications straight to that email screen. Quite jolting—although I'll be honest, I have not tried YOing, myself.

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  • Posted to How Facebook's Slingshot Onboards New Users, Jun 18, 2014

    Hahaha, apropos duck lips. Great teardown.

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  • Posted to Apple’s new EarPods will have sensors in them, for heart rate, May 01, 2014

    Biggest question for me is will these have some kind of sizing/adjustment capabilities or add-ons?

    Incorporating sensors is all well and good, but if you're like me and don't fall into the "our new earpods were engineered to fit everyone's ears" group, the pods simply fall right out. They're useless unless I'm stationary.

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  • Posted to How Shopify Onboards New Users, in reply to Samuel Hulick , May 01, 2014

    Nice work, Samuel. I have multiple clients on Shopify and while they do a lot of things really well, I hope that they take some of the feedback to heart—specifically regarding product entry.

    Because it's beyond the initial onboarding, one thing that is missed here is that after you enter a product, the experience of editing the product is drastically different, especially with regard to product variants. I've heard many product entry grumbles from my clients. Simplifying and unifying that experience would be a level-up move for Shopify.

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  • Posted to How Gmail Onboards New Users, Mar 14, 2014

    I share your sentiment regarding the colored-pencil graphics. It would serve them well to explore something more like the grayscale placeholder for your chat buddies on the left. That has a "hand illustrated" but not "colored-pencil sketch" style to it that I think I'd enjoy in technicolor.

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  • Posted to How WhatsApp Onboarded Their 450 Million Users, Feb 20, 2014

    The onboarding is so simple, and yet if the mistakes (example being auto-cursor on some fields but not other obvious ones) were fixed it would seem even simpler. Nice teardown.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: How do you track your time? , Jan 27, 2014

    I have always used Harvest. I don't have much experience with any others, but the trifecta of web, desktop, and mobile apps keeps me on top of it. I also enjoy the "idle" alert: if you've been away for a bit, it tells you so when you come back and asks if you want to remove the idle time.

    Although I track to each project, I may not invoice hourly. If I estimate a flat fee, it's nice to see how I'm tracking against it. Most of the time, it is simply for internal and estimation purposes like Mason L. — that's a referral link; gets you $10 off your first month.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: What CMS are you using for your portfolio?, Jan 06, 2014

    I kept getting sidetracked with customization and WordPress upkeep, so when it came time to get something up-to-date online quickly, I switched to I'm not sure I'll ever leave.

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  • Posted to Buffer's Short & Sweet Onboarding Process, Jan 03, 2014

    Another great, simple teardown. I'm not sure I could ever see enough of these.

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