Dec 14, 2018 03:02:24

My maker year, in products made

by @jasonleow | 409 words | 110πŸ”₯ | 110πŸ’Œ

Jason Leow

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Day 8 of the #200wad challenge. 


Part 1 of a raw report card on my maker journey so far, in products made.


First, some context: 2018 was a maker year for me. My very first year as an indie maker. In Feb, I made a commitment to launch one minimum viable product per month (#1mvp1month). This was inspired a lot by seeing what people were doing and making in the rapidly growing indie maker movement, in particular a few prominent makers like @levelsio, @yongfook, @marckohlbrugge. What they did, how they did it and most importantly, why they did what they did, resonated deeply with me. They made me think about my own dissatisfaction of how I'm not making much at all. I realised I hungered to create...stuff. Anything. (I wrote more here.) 


So, now that it's the end of the year, thought I'll do an overall recap, starting with the MVPs made so far:


#1mvp1month recap 

βœ… 1. Feb – Outsprint Store, an ecommerce store selling design tools for public good

βœ… 2. Mar – Public Design Vault, a curated directory of 500+ design tools for public good, all in one place.

βœ… 3. Apr – Public Design Forum, a global community of designers and innovation professionals for public good and social impact.

βœ… 4. May – Public Design Jobs, a mission-based job board for design & innovation jobs in the public sector, worldwide.

βœ… (Jun – I took a hiatus to recap, reflect and refresh)

βœ… 5. Jul – UX Storyboard is an online productized service to help designers and innovators tell better stories of the UX of their product/service through storyboarding.

βœ… 6. Aug – Coffice City is an inter-galactic city guide for the top 10 best coffices (cafe-as-an-office) to get real shit done. A strictly curated handful of cafes that I want to keep going back to.

βœ… 7. Sep – Space Nomads is a (fictional) space travel tour agency for the masses. We believe that humanity’s fate is starbound, and we’re here to enable that. Galactic-class launches, flights, trips, experiences, and places. All in one service, to all places in the universe.

βœ… 8. Oct – Grant Hunt is the easiest way to hunt down that grant for your social impact project, using a chat bot.

⬜️ 9. Nov – (work-in-progress) 101 Design Hacks/FAQs, a complete handbook on FAQs about strategies and tactics, tips and tricks, tips and advice for designers working in government and social good.

⬜️ 10. Dec – #1mvp1month site

(Wondering if I should add 2 more to make it #12startupsin12months!)

⬜️ 11. Jan – TBC 

⬜️ 12. Feb – TBC


Next: some metrics!


  • 1

    @jasonleow You've been busy! :O

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 14, 2018 05:37:22
    • 1

      @basilesamel crazy busy but in a good way πŸ˜πŸ‘

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Dec 14, 2018 06:28:43
  • 1

    @jasonleow great job this year! Looking forward to reading how each did

    Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Dec 14, 2018 04:15:07
    • 1

      @keenencharles thanks! Reading your maker journey now too and feels familiar haha

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Dec 14, 2018 04:29:52
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