Jack Selby

All over VP Nearly Everything at do over Joined about 6 years ago

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  • Posted to How Sketch can Improve, May 10, 2018

    Hi there Your post seems to reflect a general level of discontent with Sketch, and the pain points seem to be the same for most of the posters, which would suggest there are some real issues to be sorted out. I work for the competition - https://doover.io/ - so I can't honestly say I'm disappointed to hear of their woes. But at the same time, I genuinely don't understand why they aren't more receptive to hearing user feedback, good or bad, so that they can build a loyal community and keep on making product improvements etc. Their "shrug shoulders" attitude goes against page 1 of the Customer Experience book...

    Not gonna on and on about here, but if you wanna give us a shot, head over to https://doover.io/ and say hello. Our tool is super fast and reliable. I guarantee you can get a prototype done (on your mobile) in 15 minutes. Cheers

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  • Posted to What features do book jacket designers look for in online design collaboration tools?, May 10, 2018

    Evening all. No book cover designers out there at all? Or even folks who just appreciate good covers who might care to share their thoughts? Cheers

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  • Posted to Looking for a name for my company, May 09, 2018

    I always start by browsing my book titles for some reason. Then I'll get distracted and start surfing - notcot.org is always a favorite. And after a while, a few things will gel together and I'll start scribbling potential names down on a piece of paper, no matter how silly they are.

    Later I transfer a few decent possibilities to a Word doc - if they look good in Calibri 11, chances are they'll work and look way better with a bit of design applied to them.

    The problem is that you could think of a very suitable name that relates directly to your business idea, but chances are the dot com domain is already taken. Then you could always look at spelling your desired name incorrectly and see how that turns out.

    It's always preferable to have a compelling brand story propping up your name too.

    I'll give you one that I've always thought was pretty good - "solution 44". Why? Catch 22 is an unsolvable problem - whichever option you choose, your'e screwed, right? So if your company can somehow solve/meet the problems/needs of your clients, you are essentially inverting the problem situation, and if you do that with full conviction, you are doubling down etc., so you could arrive at "solution 44".

    It's not a perfect brand story but hey, you have to do some of the work yourself...

    Let me know what you finally select! Good luck.

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  • Posted to I'm not happy with Sketch, May 08, 2018

    Hi there You certainly aren't backwards in coming forward, and that's the way it should be in civilized debate. Before I go on, full disclosure: I'm with the competition https://doover.io/

    OK, so no one thing can be all things to all men. You make that point yourself when you talk about Sketch being "bloated". At do over, we know that and we designed and built our tool to be manageable and agile, aiming all the time for one thing - simple design collaboration.

    Your biggest gripe appears to be the "shit" performance, which sounds pretty fundamental. I promise you that our tool works. Consistently. And it's fast. Really fast - the upload speed is particularly delightful.

    Try it. And please let us know what you think. Here, in public, or private - we are here to stay and want to learn from authentic users. Thank you.

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  • Posted to Invision is making me crazy, is there a better tool?, Apr 13, 2017

    Hi there

    Full disclosure: I work for the competition.

    I'm a bit late to this particular party, but I've been waiting until precisely now to jump in and comment.

    We've just launched do over, a super simple design collaboration tool for designers to easily share visuals (including PDFs), videos (yes, we love video content) and prototypes with their team and their clients, allowing them to quickly action feedback and efficiently close out creative projects.

    So that's my pitch. I'm not here to bash the competition in any way - invision has some great features, and with all the investment they have received, they are in a position to do lots of glossy marketing and have multiple teams roll out integration after integration and keep adding new functionality.

    But, at the end of the day, you can't be all things to all men, and so at do over we decided to focus on the essentials. Design does not happen in isolation - it is by nature a collaborative porcess, and fluid communication is at the heart of successful collaboration. That applies to working as an in-house team, but doubly so when you are charged with bringing a paying client's brief to life. We found this out the hard way - working remotely as a team on multiple projects meant that sometimes something got lost in the flow, or we weren't as up to speed as we should have been. So we designed do over primarily for ourselves. But then we found out that our clients loved how easy it was to use - after all, they just want to see their annotations actioned asap and sign off on a project. So we worked on it some more, and then some more an then a lot more, and now it's out there. And we honestly believe it addresses many if not all of the problems/issues/gripes outlined in this thread and others.

    But I would say that, wouldn't I?

    Give it a try and see what you think. Get in touch with us via the site and I'll set you up with a three-month free trial. Would love some expert feedback.

    Thanks for your time.

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