Be nice. Or else.
Thanks, JT. :)
Thanks, Kris! I did take the opportunity to switch to Siteleaf v2. Working locally and offline with Jekyll was so nice. I also love using Jekyll collections instead of hacking data with v1 pages.
Cushion has always had friendly, colorful vibe, so I really wanted to emphasize that. For Cushion, the target users are freelancers, so if it were too business-y, I might run the risk of triggering flashbacks to their old cubicle jobs. Kidding aside, I simply prefer a fun and playful look, and I think it matches the tone of the writing within the app and in my emails to users. I wonder why business websites need to look like enterprise software.
Ha! At first, we tried flat icons all-around, but it looked pretty bad next to the flat, clean UI of the app. In my head, I thought it'd look amazing, but I'm glad we tried it out first. I do like that the sketch-based icons add more playfulness to the site instead of keeping everything stiff and uptight.
Thanks, Michael! I imagine the "new" banner lands in the middle of a 30" display, but on your average display, it should rest near the bottom—still showing space below the fold to indicate there's more to the page. I also think this falls into the working-too-long-on-a-website-that-I-don't-see-certain-issues. :) I do like that it gives me a crop area for the screenshot, but it'd also be great to have that top area blend into the rollercoaster illustration. I'm still considering this a work-in-progress, so I'll definitely be sure to think about this when tweaking.
Thanks for the shoutout, Jonathan!
I think it's normal. Anyone should be afraid of the thought of running out of money. I think it's a matter of finding that comfort zone—how much do you need in your bank account to make you feel okay? Maybe it's enough to say my bank account buys me 3 months without income. As long as I stay above that number, I'm good. With Cushion, it's more difficult, because there is no comfort zone. Instead of consistent freelance jobs to keep me above that safety number, I'm slowly watching the bank account drain until I need to pick up another big freelance job. I wish I could be okay with only freelancing full-time, but I have the itch with Cushion. Eventually, I'll get over the hump and Cushion will pick up enough steam, so I'm not fighting such an uphill battle. Until then, I'll keep working away towards the goal and adjusting when I need to.
Thanks! I started Cushion because I took on way too much work at once. I found myself working on Dropbox's Carousel and Mailbox websites (RIPx2) with a tight deadline and identical launch date. Alongside them, I had 3 other freelance projects to wrap up. I somehow got through it, but I was a wreck—100% burnt out and stressed beyond belief. I knew I need to do whatever I could to avoid this again, so I started thinking about an app. That's how Cushion started.
The potential of Cushion keeps me going. I have so many ideas for it and I want to build them all. I feel like Cushion is still in its infancy and I daydream of where it could be a few years down the road. I can't wait to get it there. Now that I'm 2 years into Cushion, I'm even more excited than when I started. That tells me that I'm on the right path.