Mike Godlewski

San Francisco Product Designer Joined over 9 years ago

  • 2 stories
  • Posted to Storehouse is shutting down, Jun 13, 2016

    It looks like most of the team is moving on to work at Square.

    After a product pivot from a social app to one focused entirely on curating photo stories, Storehouse still failed to obtain enough user interest. Comparable web apps, like Exposure, are also struggling with user retention and finding a sustainable business model.

    I saw Mark speak about the product a couple of times, both before and after the pivot. While it’s inspiring to see a fellow designer found their own company, I couldn’t help but notice an over-emphasis on certain areas of the product over others. For instance, Storehouse strived, and perhaps succeeded, in achieving the most stunning and beautiful user experience. Not surprising, considering Mark’s past at Apple.

    However, I believe this may have come at the expense of other things more important to the survival of the business, such as user acquisition and retention. The time spent on animation polish for every release may have been better spent on something like marketing.

    When I opened up Storehouse for the first time I was blown away by the interactions and animations that powered it. Tim Donnelly hand-crafted them himself after being dissatisfied with Apple’s own animation library. I’m stoked to see that the engine powering Storehouse was open-sourced a few months ago. Thanks Tim!

    Ultimately my experience in Storehouse consisted of me playing around in the app, admiring the forward strides it had taken in interaction design, and then never opening it again. I even kept it there, staring back at me from my home screen, hoping that one day I would be inspired to dive back in. But I never did. I once envied the level of pixel and sub-pixel perfection that had been put into the experience. But looking back it appears there was perhaps too much of a focus on the polish of the design that may have been better spent on getting the product into more people’s hands.

    9 points
  • Posted to Prototyping in Xcode without a single line of code, in reply to Matt Scorte , Jan 20, 2016

    Also, this solution wouldn't be free since you pay $99.00 per year for Apple Developer access. Invision is my go-to between those three.

    0 points
  • Posted to Google recommends inlining small CSS, Jan 12, 2016

    Looks like the Google Developers site could use some styling. Google Developers

    1 point
  • Posted to New Twitter Blue, in reply to Guilherme Schmitt , Aug 27, 2015

    Tapping the twitter logo will bring you up to the top of your feed.

    0 points
  • Posted to Ever see a great architecture firm website?, Apr 27, 2015

    http://diehlgroup.com is nice.

    0 points
  • Posted to Site Design: Bike New York, Apr 08, 2015

    Armin over at Brand New had a nice write-up about it.

    Design by Emily Oberman at Pentagram, built by Barrel.

    0 points
  • Posted to I burned through my inbox with Mailbox for Mac, in reply to Theo Pak , Aug 20, 2014

    Thanks, I used: https://bank.orcali.com/coin50987.gif?2439CE4A-7261-4BFF-94F2-7793A12E6A73

    Here's a new code: https://bank.orcali.com/coin77101.gif?50D527A6-E53E-437F-B00C-08FE92CBF004

    0 points
  • Posted to Quartz Composer or framerjs?, in reply to Willie Morris , Feb 07, 2014

    qc-mobile should be able to load .qtz files on an iOS device.


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