Ask DN: Expose your side-projects

almost 7 years ago from , UX Designer

hi guys,

We currently talk about lifestyle of each one. Many of us work on side-projects and it will perhaps interesting to expose them and get feedbacks?

Let's talk!


  • Art VandelayArt Vandelay, almost 7 years ago

    Call of Duty is a big side project of mine.

    35 points
  • Ivan SugermanIvan Sugerman, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )


    I started this because I spend so much time creating custom social icons for each website we create. This saves tons of time in creating those icons.

    Hoping to add an inline SVG version in the near future. I think that will make some of the icons more crisp and clear as well as reduce the weight of the page. Though we'll have to wait until IE8 is out of the picture before that is a more widely accepted solution.

    Would love any feedback you all have.

    24 points
  • Nick AdamsNick Adams, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    As a remote worker, this side project is something I've wanted to do for a while, and it was also a chance for me to learn basic server admin (set up a Digital Ocean box) and really build a Rails app (instead off collecting yet another half-finished tutorial app).

    Remote-only job board: http://www.remotejobs.co Interviews: http://www.remotejobs.co/owr/

    This was great to finally launch, but also a bit discouraging. I sat on this for a freakin' year at about 80% done. Why? Fear of failure? I donno, there are plenty of excuses. It's a bad habit and something I need to break. Especially because during that time a few other boards launched, namely the one by 37signals, compounding the discouragement.

    The moral of the story: if you have a side-project, just finish it and launch the damn thing.

    11 points
    • Dan HoughDan Hough, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

      I wish I could double-upvote the moral of your story.

      Anyway, bookmarked - thanks. I'm hoping to get some more remote work after my next contract, I love the flexibility - work wherever, (more-or-less) whenever, as long as the job gets done. I really want to go and sit on a beach on an island at some point to do some work. That's the dream. Or climb a mountain to do it. Though, I'd be afraid of breaking my Air if I did that.

      Good job, man :)

      2 points
    • Parm GrewalParm Grewal, almost 7 years ago

      THIS!!! I am experiencing the same thing. Time to finish what i started, i guess. :) Thank You.

      0 points
  • Armand GrilletArmand Grillet, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    I decided to code a Markdown editor on my free time with a friend because I was bored to do "write -> preview -> write -> preview" on Github.

    Our last version has been released monday and I would really appreciate your feedback. It's free and it runs on Chrome, you can download it on the Chrome Web Store.

    9 points
  • Daniel EdenDaniel Eden, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    Let’s see here.

    In no particular order:

    Feel free to pester me if you want to talk about these guys in more detail.

    7 points
  • Jamie WilsonJamie Wilson, almost 7 years ago

    Last year was a big year for me and side projects. I felt like I couldn't finish anything, and then over the course of 2013 I launched several things that I am proud of and continue to work on.

    1. Dewey Bookmarks - Chrome bookmarking app, v3 coming this year
    2. Filter & Format - Premium stock photos sold a limited number of times
    3. Predawn - A dark Sublime text theme and color scheme
    4. Norwester - A free font, currently reworking from scratch :)
    7 points
  • Aayush IyerAayush Iyer, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    piq: a jukebox for social spaces

    I’m currently working on resurrecting piq - the first attempt did fairly well on Kickstarter (but did fail), and I’m taking a slower, more considered approach to the hardware, software and interface.

    piq is a jukebox for social spaces - a way to have a say on what plays next in offices, coffee shops, bars or even at a house party.

    Moving to San Francisco has helped test the idea in a different environment though, and if any good people here want to check it out/talk about it, I’d love to do so.


    5 points
  • Milosz FalinskiMilosz Falinski, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    Since last year I've been running this wallpaper gallery - http://androidwallpape.rs

    Right now I'm working on http://useoctobox.com

    4 points
  • Account deleted almost 7 years ago

    I have a lot of ideas, and I wish I had more time to side-projects. I'm horrible at finishing my personal stuff. Most of the time I end up with a lot of notes or a half-baked project if I'm lucky. I spend too much time on social networks and news. I'll love to see what you folks do, and how you get things done!

    4 points
    • Marc KöhlbruggeMarc Köhlbrugge, almost 7 years ago

      I used to have the same problem. Starting a lot of projects, but never finishing them. About 5 years ago I did some research to see if there was any way to fix this. I wrote about it here: https://medium.com/life-vs-startup/f010c879e869

      It takes some dedication and it didn't happen overnight, but I'm now at a point where I'm actually happy working one one thing and not just "completing" a v1.0 of my side project, but growing it into an actual business. Hope the lessons I shared in the article will be of help!

      5 points
  • Anatoli NicolaeAnatoli Nicolae, almost 7 years ago


    A useful tool to download the music of your SoundCloud account at the best quality available and iTunes ready (that means we add title, artist and artwork data for you) from the website, using the Chrome extension or the Windows 8 app.

    3 points
  • Tor Løvskogen BollingmoTor Løvskogen Bollingmo, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    I've been writing a book on executing great product interaction design. I've scraped a lot, re-written a lot. But lately I haven't been writing at all. I vocalized that reason yesterday when talking to a friend: I'm now more interested in a higher level of design where products are just one piece of the puzzle. Service design. So even if I could finish the book I'm just not motivated. So if anyone wants to join or give me a kick in the balls see http://www.torbollingmo.com/book/


    A great product is fast

    A great product is solid

    A great product is innovative

    A great product is smaller and better

    A great product is alive

    A great product is easy to understand

    A great product is emotional

    3 points
  • Joe Blau, almost 7 years ago

    http:/www.gitignore.io - Developer resource but it lets you create .gitignore files easily using templates.

    Touch Visualizer A tool for visualizing gestures, pans, and long presses on iOS devices.

    Coming soon: Full Screen Gesture Controls - Rethink of current mobile controls that use gesture based controlling and the full screen to select settings. My co-founder and I are in the final stages of cleaning up the code and getting ready for distribution, but I can upload a gif if people are interested in seeing one or two.

    3 points
  • Sam GarsonSam Garson, almost 7 years ago

    I'm currently sitting on a side project which I work on every now and then. It's a mobile web app to let people affect their health really simply and easily.

    You guys can see WIP at sam.garson.co.uk, and the code is on my github.com/samtgarson. Apologies for the initial load time.

    Designed in Sketch and built using Vue.js.

    Feel free to give me a bell if you're interested in anyway at all! I'm actually looking for anyone knowledgable on nutrition who might want to help out.

    3 points
    • Dan HoughDan Hough, almost 7 years ago

      Fancy bumping into you here, Sam! Your personal site is slick as fuck! Good stuff.

      Can't find your health app, though. Whereabouts is it?

      0 points
  • Alex CicanAlex Cican, almost 7 years ago

    Mine is: http://tiii.me “Finished it” a few weeks ago.

    2 points
  • Maurice CherryMaurice Cherry, almost 7 years ago

    Revision Path, my website/podcast where I interview Black web designers, graphic designers, and web developers.

    2 points
  • ポール ウェッブポール ウェッブ, almost 7 years ago

    I'm crazy.

    I am currently working on an operating system built upon Node.js: http://hikar.io. I had this idea since playing Megaman Battle Network in middle school and all through high school. It took until Firefox came out with Boot2Gecko that I realized it was possible. The Raspberry Pi made it super affordable to prototype stuff.

    I am still in the beginning stages, but I have(obviously) grand ambitions.

    I'm also working with an iOS developer to build a HEX/RBG/HSL/CMYK conversion app for iPhone. I want to make an app for SwtchMate's Color Cube when it launches so I figure this will be good practice.

    2 points
  • Clark DinnisonClark Dinnison, almost 7 years ago

    Noon Pacific and Upbeat are both side-projects that I've had fun with.

    2 points
  • Eli MellenEli Mellen, almost 7 years ago

    I only came up with the idea last weekend, but I'm interested in building a digital safety net for hikers.

    I'm working on building a system that uses social media as a dead-man's switch for hikers.

    Feel free to read about it, here.

    2 points
  • Nathan RomeroNathan Romero, almost 7 years ago

    My project is definitely not as useful as some of the others, but it is a lot of fun if you're a fan of Arrested Development.


    2 points
  • John HowardJohn Howard, almost 7 years ago

    I did something for dribbble that is available for Chrome called 'dribbble powerrr'. Cheesy, I know haha. It basically calculates the amount of likes ratio to views on your work. So if someone views your work and is like 'meh' and doesn't 'like' it, your power goes down. It's pretty cool of seeing how effective your shots are.

    Link - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dribbble-powerrr/jcgpimnakaenfcfjlhfhjdglpeebpfbl?hl=en-US

    2 points
  • Peter MainPeter Main, almost 7 years ago


    X-Ray will basically let you comment on the 'back' of any webpage online. The idea is that the comments are perpetual and can be seen by anyone using X-Ray.

    1 point
  • Christian BundyChristian Bundy, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    I'm working on solving the problem of scaling web communities. The communities we love get bigger and bigger to the point where they break apart, which we've seen over and over again.

    • Digg
    • Reddit
    • Hacker News
    • Designer News
    • Growth Hackers
    • Hubski
    • EchoJS
    • Inbound
    • DataTau
    • Lobsters
    • USV
    • Biotech Pulse
    • FireSpotting

    I'm building Fraction, which consolidates these communities, and uses a machine learning algorithm to predict which posts and you'll find interesting, regardless of where it was posted.

    I've been working on it alone for a few weeks and I'd love to hear your opinions. You can see the very early beta, where I'm aggregating from Hacker News. Designer News is next, though! :)

    1 point
  • Elliott SnyderElliott Snyder, almost 7 years ago


    I'm a few days into a Kickstarter Campaign for a product I helped create. It's a small polymer band that fits around a Mac or PC charger, and distributes the stress that causes many chargers to break.

    1 point
    • Account deleted almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

      I see you, Elliot!

      1 point
  • Chris ValleskeyChris Valleskey, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    For a while I've been fascinated with tracking my finances and seeing how I can optimize my income while maximizing how I spend it. I've used Mint for years, and enjoy reading Mr Money Mustache. A few months ago I got tired of the free loan calculators that are available online because they were missing a few features I wanted, so I made my own!

    Check it out: payoff.io

    1 point
    • Braden HammBraden Hamm, almost 7 years ago

      Just gave this a try. Really nice. Unfortunately, I only have a few things that I'm paying off ;)

      I did run into a little confusion with the "minimum" field. Once I realized it meant "minimum monthly payment", it was smooth sailing.

      0 points
  • Martin LeBlancMartin LeBlanc, almost 7 years ago

    My side-project is creating music

    1 point
  • Jeff MartinJeff Martin, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )


    I recently built this Android app with a very design-focused approach. If anyone here uses/has an Android device, it'll be great to hear what you think about the design and functionality of it as a minimalist text editor. Ratings on Google Play are also welcome :D.

    1 point
  • Adam T.Adam T., almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    I've been working on a fun side project, it's mostly designed but not built out yet. Started off as a jokey design exercise before I realized it solved a huge problem (albeit for a small group of people).

    [insert name here] is a community for discerning soccer neckwear fans. Basically it allows you to research, catalog, trade, and message about soccer scarves with other passionate soccer fans. I realized that there is a huge "collection" aspect to scarves, and there are literally dozens released every year by most teams. Each one has a story and experiences behind it. So [insert name here] is a way to answer the questions of "what scarf was that" and "where can I trade rare scarf x for rare scarf y".

    I'm totally serious. If you're a soccer fan and want to help out, drop me a line.

    1 point
  • Sam SolomonSam Solomon, almost 7 years ago


    It's a show where I interview entrepreneurs, writers, designers—people working on interesting things. I feature videos as well as detailed write-ups. I work full-time as an interactive producer. Unfortunately, I've been too busy to publish another interview lately.

    1 point
  • Lee MunroeLee Munroe, almost 7 years ago

    I have a couple side projects that I'll hack on the odd Saturday afternoon.

    Flask is a quick todo list app.

    CodeShare for sharing code real time with other developers.

    I basically started these as learning projects. Improving my back-end coding, playing with 3rd party tools, marketing experiments etc.

    I wrote about having a side project for experimentation here.

    1 point
    • Braden HammBraden Hamm, almost 7 years ago

      When I first started working on my side project, http://gumwall.com, I had no idea how to design, wireframe, code.

      Now it's my career.

      A side project for experimentation is the best way to learn by doing!

      1 point
  • pjotr .pjotr ., almost 7 years ago

    I created a job post aggregator service that compiles the best jobs from around the web into a weekly email. Check it out here -> http://devjobs.io

    I'd also love any feedback and if you're interested in how the internals work feel free to email me! hello@devjobs.io


    1 point
  • John HowardJohn Howard, almost 7 years ago

    My other two current side projects are - www.youthcloud.com (youth management software) and 'Mud and Mountain' - http://instagram.com/mudandmountain (outdoor and offroad clothing brand).

    1 point
  • Aaron LarnerAaron Larner, almost 7 years ago

    I've been working on http://900dpi.com for the past year. It's a tool to help Designers get websites w/ content manage up and running really easily. No servers or FTP required. The website is synced with your dropbox folder and you use CSS classes to configure editable content.

    1 point
  • Account deleted almost 7 years ago

    Looks pretty horrendous right now, but I’m working with a friend on a website, 3ACIB, where we translate Ukrainian & Russian media into English.

    I’m also contributing to a few open-source projects, Gittip being my focus.

    Also, Diablo III; Heaven won’t fix itself.

    1 point
  • Conlin "Wuz" DurbinConlin "Wuz" Durbin, almost 7 years ago

    BetterDN :D

    1 point
  • Peter JPeter J, almost 7 years ago

    I am actually working on a comic book/strips and I want to release it to the iBooks store and the google play book store. I currently have around 6 pages and here are some short previews.


    1 point
  • Gianluca RispoGianluca Rispo, almost 7 years ago

    I actually managed to make a distributed team of 7 people where we turn ideas into products.

    It's called www.fabrica.io

    It's kinda a Fablab, where the team members propose ideas (that are apps, websites, social network, brands), and the first aim is to develop products that solve problems.

    If anyone wanna join, just Hook me up on twitter @GianlucaRispo

    1 point
  • Sean ConatySean Conaty, almost 7 years ago

    Hi guys,

    This is my first time posting on DN. Finally was able to register :)

    My side project is http://plaidmaker.com which lets you make plaid patterns.

    Right now you can't search for any patterns, that's next on my to-do list.

    0 points
  • Jessica ChangJessica Chang, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    I recently made a super lite version of youtube with an instant search, with the purpose of making life easier for those who just want to play a song or watch a video from the get-go. Let me know what you guys think of the design, and such.



    0 points
  • Pizza Yap , almost 7 years ago

    Recently collecting screen message that after you've registered/subscribe on those site. Not sure is this count as side project :P http://thanksforsubscribing.tumblr.com/

    0 points
  • Damon ManeiceDamon Maneice, almost 7 years ago

    A friend and I started a site to highlight issues with the Mercator map projection. http://thetruesize.com/

    0 points
  • Cristian CIOFUCristian CIOFU, almost 7 years ago

    Hey, I'm working now (in my spare time) on a small open-source project named startr.

    startr is a simple personal homepage where you can manage your daily tasks & notes 100% privately... All the magic happens inside your browser, so all you will add here it's for your eyes only!

    I wanted to do this in order to discover a little bit more JavaScript (next step is to build it on Ember / Angular)

    If you want to participate : https://github.com/cristianciofu/startr/

    Thanks, Chris :)

    0 points
  • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, almost 7 years ago

    I'm making a big soccer database. It is made on Ruby on Rails and I'm collection soccer data in a very curated way.

    0 points
  • ミンニシオ 。ミンニシオ 。, almost 7 years ago

    Made an ultra minimal note taking app for Android last year :)


    0 points
  • Jonathon HalliwellJonathon Halliwell, almost 7 years ago

    Dota 2

    0 points
  • tom randletom randle, almost 7 years ago

    I built an autonomous iPad playing robot: http://tomrandle.github.io/Shepherd/

    0 points
  • Denis RojcykDenis Rojcyk, almost 7 years ago

    I finished Blueprint couple of days ago. Basically it is a .sketch iOS project template with symbols and stuff without any unnecessary bullshit.

    Also Hearthstone for iPad <3

    0 points
  • Petr VlkPetr Vlk, almost 7 years ago


    My side project is this set of "doodle" symbols in vector format - initially made it just for myself (as many side-projects start) to use in Balsamiq wireframes and capturing early concept ideas in Keynote, then decided to try and learn how to actually sell digital downloads on your own.

    I enjoyed the whole process a lot, used new/alternative approach in most steps (ie. the symbols are all drawn on iPad in Adobe Ideas).

    0 points
  • Cihad TurhanCihad Turhan, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    As a former physician, I wanted to show my loyalty and I started a web interface which shows probability distribution of hydrogen atom using some quantum mechanics formulas.

    It's based on shader particle emitter project on github which uses gpu to render thousands of particles.

    At first, I thought it would be easier but it's didn't. But yay, I came to an end, now I should do some performance improvements, visual corrections and release it.

    I'll release it under github but don't expect a "wow effect" since it's science and no one but scientists will understand it :)

    0 points
  • James Young, almost 7 years ago

    I recently launched StartSoon.co, a little job board that's just for short notice vacancies like companies needing a freelancer to start next week etc, built with a friend.

    Just figured there might be a bit of a niche for something short and simple (and free) so if anyone's got anything to post up, please do bear it in mind as one of the hardest things is trying to actually build traffic!


    0 points
  • Michael SaccaMichael Sacca, almost 7 years ago



    I designed / developed last year to view Dribbble shots every time you open a new tab.

    0 points
  • Taurean BryantTaurean Bryant, almost 7 years ago

    Currently starting our first product over at Shogun Theory called Lotus. Its an app for iPhone that helps coach you into being more efficient and balances out your day to day stress load.

    Also Battlefield.

    0 points
    • mewo a, almost 7 years ago

      Looks exciting but I can't really tell what it is, are you guys based in Tokyo out of interest?

      0 points
      • Taurean BryantTaurean Bryant, almost 7 years ago

        No, that photo was a poor decision in hindsight. We really just wanted to highlight the location of the photo, but whatever. Lesson learned.

        You can check out some screens Here.

        0 points
  • Christopher CarterChristopher Carter, almost 7 years ago

    http://remojobo.com - I bought this site on side projectors a while ago, its a fun place to try out new UX ideas because of the steady traffic. This is a very much a side project but if you're in the market for a work at home job check it out :)

    0 points
  • Account deleted almost 7 years ago

    thisshouldbereal.com is a little tumblr idea I made in a day because I wanted to see if I could and I had the domain for some reason.

    The idea of the site is to put up silly (or not) ideas that you think should be a reality.

    0 points
  • joe andersonjoe anderson, almost 7 years ago

    Working on a full screen experience iOS mobile patterns app

    0 points
  • Dan HoughDan Hough, almost 7 years ago

    My major side project at the mo is called Pub Crawl: London.

    Essentially, I wanted to make an app which involved swiping from one Tube station to the next, with a nice, big pretty map at the top because I thought that would be a really sweet interaction. So in order to do this I made a pub crawl app, which takes you along Tube lines and gives you a pub to visit (from Foursquare).

    I've put three images on Dribbble so far with some of the interactions + designs (one is a mockup actually).

    I'm gonna try to make a bit of moolah with it by giving users two free lines and the rest will be available as IAP (69p for one, £1.99 for all of 'em).

    I'm very close to releasing it. When I say that, I mean it. I only have four issues to close on GitHub til it's done, then I can finally put it out there! Been working on since.... October-ish? Alongside two different contracts and some open-source projects.

    Very excited about it.

    If anybody fancies helping me test it please get in touch :) dan at danhough dot com.

    0 points
    • Elliott SnyderElliott Snyder, almost 7 years ago

      This is really cool. Hope you get it launched by the time I'm able to visit London!

      0 points
      • Dan HoughDan Hough, almost 7 years ago

        Thanks! If you're visiting in June, I expect I will!

        Alternatively you might want to take a look at my slightly under-maintained (it looks very iOS6) but perfectly usable (I still get emails from Mixpanel every couple of days!) app StreetScout, which is what inspired the Pub Crawl one. It's a useful way to find a bunch of different places on the routes you're taking through cities!

        0 points
  • Ross JohnsonRoss Johnson, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    I've been working on Project Panorama for WordPress for a few months now and have found it vastly refreshing from all the client work I normal do.

    I built it because I was tired of getting "Where are we at?" e-mails and figured there had to be a better way of keeping clients informed/happy and my workflow uninterrupted.

    0 points
  • Bill HindermanBill Hinderman, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    http://thecocktailgui.de - responsive cocktail recipe website that I made with a very good friend after not being able to find a single decent mobile-friendly one.

    0 points
  • jj moijj moi, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    Alltag A furniture factory & shop I run with my college friends. http://alltagdesign.com

    New version of branding and website is in progress https://dribbble.com/semiitalic/tags/furniture

    0 points
  • Laurie CaiLaurie Cai, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    Working on a food discovery app and making illustrations.

    0 points
  • Braden HammBraden Hamm, almost 7 years ago


    This is one that definitely scratches my own itch. There's a lot of things that do one thing, but not all of the things I want in one place.

    I'm a few months from launching a public beta (in "alpha" for a few close friends right now). I've had a lot of life changes this year already so I haven't had time to fix some of the bugs and UX quirks.

    If you're really interested, leave a comment or hunt down my email and I might give you access.

    0 points
    • Christian BundyChristian Bundy, almost 7 years ago

      Could you tell us what we're looking at?

      1 point
      • Braden HammBraden Hamm, almost 7 years ago

        Sorry the site is so vague. I know there's a reason why I have such a high bounce rate.

        It's a private place for all of your memories, ordered by date in a timeline. That's what's functioning right now anyway. My next step is allowing others to drop in memories they have of you, hence the work in progress tagline that I don't like but haven't bothered taking down, "Crowdsource your memory".

        Hope that helps.

        0 points
  • Victor LVictor L, almost 7 years ago

    A webkit-based terminal.

    0 points
  • Grady Kelly, almost 7 years ago

    Although it may be out for the count by Adobe, I have been selling Toolkits for Adobe Fireworks for the last 18 months. There are toolkits for Bootstrap, Foundation, some for wire framing and others.


    0 points
  • Cole TownsendCole Townsend, almost 7 years ago

    I'm working on Meeet Co.

    It's currently in development for release slated for early to mid June. Sign ups now will get you news and a shot at early access.

    Also, a new launch page will go up once we're in the home stretch!

    0 points
  • Chetan Raj, almost 7 years ago


    my personal weekly blog about the latest trends in the Web Industry

    0 points
  • Justin WarnerJustin Warner, almost 7 years ago

    This past couple weeks I've been trying to hammer out all the UI. I'm not huge into design, as I'm primarily a programmer, however, after reading endless articles on this site and looking at others apps/websites for the past month and a half, I've grown pretty fond of it. In Android especially, while not a lot of info exists on this site, a lot is related, and is very fun challenges to get to work in Android (Android has a very difficult structure of changing UI elements easily).

    I'd love to know what I can change to better the LOOK of the app. Right now it's in testing only, so you must sign up to download it (Can't find it on the app store), but it's a one click thing.


    0 points