Relay - Create Custom Maps for Your Next Trip(relaymaps.com)

over 5 years ago from Holly Rohani, Job Board Manager at Designer News and Dribbble

  • Lukas DryjaLukas Dryja, over 5 years ago

    Good idea and entertaining video but why not just do all this using Google My Maps feature?

    I've been mapping places in categories and directions using My Maps for 2 years now and most recently using iOS Google Maps native app for it. Maybe I'm missing something here?

    2 points
    • Hans van de BruggenHans van de Bruggen, over 5 years ago

      You can hammer in a nail with a shovel, but a hammer is a better tool for it.

      8 points
      • Lukas DryjaLukas Dryja, over 5 years ago

        Are you saying that apps that are focused are better than apps that do more?

        If the shovel easily converted to a hammer and back to a shovel as needed would it not make it a better or as good as just a hammer?

        2 points
        • Tom WoodTom Wood, over 5 years ago

          This is a really interesting question in general — and I'm inclined to think that a product with a focus is better than a product that does multiple things at an "ok" level.

          Jack of all trades, etc..

          Except for a penknife, a penknife rocks (but mostly because of convenience & portability, I doubt anyone would choose to eat their dinner with penknife if a regular knife & fork were available).

          1 point
        • Rhys MerrittRhys Merritt, over 5 years ago

          Are you saying that apps that are focused are better than apps that do more?

          Absolutely. How many times have you personally used a shovel to hammer in a nail?

          0 points
    • Oliver Brooks, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

      Hi Lukas! My goal was to design an app that really excelled at this specific use case in terms of UX. I've used Google My Maps but I found it more of a desktop power tool, rather than a simple, fast, mobile-first kind of experience. To me, on iOS, My Maps feels shoehorned into the flagship Google Maps app.

      If you try Relay I think you'll be surprised at how much better the whole experience is! I spent a long time designing and optimizing the UI ;)

      6 points
      • Rhys MerrittRhys Merritt, over 5 years ago

        Well done Oliver, fantastic app! Absolutely well worth the price you've put it at. Great job dude

        0 points
      • Lukas DryjaLukas Dryja, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

        That makes sense and I congratulate you on your new app. In no way do I want you to think that my comment is questioning the quality of your app. As a product owner & designer myself I believe its very important to help others by sharing a different and honest perspective. Especially if it helps owners of the product realize earlier that their investment of time and money is a high risk investment. I've been there myself and would have hoped someone would have asked me tough questions early in the product life cycle. I know that if someone gave me honest feedback early it might have saved me time and money over the years.

        As for Google's Map App: I personally find the UX of Google Maps just enough to fit my needs when traveling, this applies to me only as I haven't done research to learn about others.

        Best of luck with the app, it looks great! I will be sure to try it sometime.

        0 points