How It’s Made

Insight into the making of Cushion and the thought process behind building an app from scratch.

Dev

Visualizing Daylight Saving Time

Mar 23, 2017

Earlier this week, we launched the day graph for Cushion’s time-tracking beta. Previously, Cushion only had a week graph, which would let you add time throughout the week or start a timer, but there wasn’t much of a visual for when the entry occurred. Now, with the day graph, people can focus on a single day with labels for each hour.

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Dev

Recording Screencast GIFs

Mar 21, 2017

I use GIFs a lot. So much so that I wrote a blog post about the perfect GIF workflow using Alfred and Dropbox. Aside from reacting to tweets with a favorite Seinfeld clip, GIFs provide a fantastic way to capture and share new features in Cushion. I can record an interaction to really show off the little details that make it special, rather than simply sharing a screenshot.

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Story

Writing a Job Listing

Mar 16, 2017

Recently, we realized that we need to hire a front-end dev. I think it was when we discovered that our GitHub Issues list is 10:1 front-end/backend, or the dozen features we launched on the backend, but are hidden because they have no front-end. As the founder, designer, front-end dev, and customer support person, I’m spread pretty thin, but I make up for it by spending my time wisely and working all hours of the day—the passion for what we have planned keeps me going.

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Dev

Using Feature Flags to Run Betas

Mar 08, 2017

Lately, we’ve been releasing most of our larger features as betas first. We do this in order to launch an MVP of the feature, then have people test it while we incrementally improve upon it. For invoicing, we ran betas for line items, invoice logos, and sending invoices. Currently, we’re running betas for time tracking and accepting payments through Stripe. We use “feature flags” to toggle these betas.

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Story

Our First Company Lunch

Feb 20, 2017

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Archive

  1. Visualizing Daylight Saving Time
    Dev
  2. Recording Screencast GIFs
    Dev
  3. Writing a Job Listing
    Story
  4. Using Feature Flags to Run Betas
    Dev
  5. Our First Company Lunch
    Story
  6. How to embed Vue.js & Vuex inside an AngularJS app... wait what?
    Dev
  7. Funding Cushion
    Story
  8. Hiring a Team of Freelancers
    Story
  9. Taking a Real Break From Work
    Story
  10. Slack as a Notification Center
    Dev
  11. Document Your Features
    Story
  12. 300
    Story
  13. Vacations
    Design
  14. Offering Discounts
    Design
  15. Waves of Traffic
    Story
  16. Less Blogging, More Journaling
    Story
  17. Retention Through Useful Features
    Design
  18. The Onboarding Checklist
    Design
  19. Spreading the Word
    Story
  20. From Beta to Launch - The Subdomain
    Dev
  21. From Beta to Launch - Sign up
    Design
  22. From Beta to Launch - Messaging
    Design
  23. Launch
    Story
  24. Authenticating with 3rd Party Services
    Dev
  25. Intro to Integrations
    Design
  26. Inspiration vs Imitation
    Story
  27. The Emotional Rollercoaster
    Story
  28. Designing Project Blocks
    Design
  29. Everything in Increments
    Story
  30. Deleting Your Account
    Design
  31. Designing the Subscription Page
    Design
  32. Rewriting the Timeline
    Dev
  33. Restructuring the Individual Project Page
    Design
  34. Project Blocks
    Story
  35. Redesigning the Homepage
    Design
  36. Multiple Timelines
    Design
  37. Archiving and Estimate Differences
    Design
  38. Multiple Financial Goals
    Design
  39. Zooming in on the Timeline
    Design
  40. Currency
    Dev
  41. Preferences, Accounts, and a Typeface Change
    Design
  42. Sending Out the First Email
    Story
  43. Currency Inputs, Notifications, and Invoice Nets
    Design
  44. Dots and Lines
    Design
  45. Calculating in the Database and Revealing Tendencies
    Dev
  46. Improved Form UX
    Design
  47. Cushion is Online
    Story
  48. Schedule Timeline Patterns
    Design
  49. A Slimmer Schedule Timeline
    Design
  50. The Schedule Timeline
    Design
  51. Plugging in Real Data for the First Time
    Design
  52. Transitions and Project Lists
    Design
  53. Death to Modals
    Design
  54. The Individual Project Page
    Design
  55. Estimated Incomes and Talks with Other Freelancers
    Story
  56. Statuses to Lists and the Paid Beta
    Story
  57. The Timeline
    Story
  58. Invoice Terminology
    Dev
  59. Modal Forms
    Dev
  60. Wiring the Backend to the Frontend
    Dev
  61. Balancing Design and Dev
    Story
  62. Timecop, Monocle, and Vagrant
    Dev
  63. Going with Ruby and Sinatra
    Dev
  64. Ditching local-first and trying out Node.js
    Dev
  65. Switching to AngularJS
    Dev
  66. Building the Table with Vue.js
    Dev
  67. Clients, Projects, and Invoices
    Dev
  68. Introduction
    Story

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