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10 Motivational Quotes from Women in Tech

Oursky’s female team members are in every position in the company: development, project management, QA, design, business development / sales, and marketing. We’ve all had different experiences as women in tech, so we’re sharing a few quotes that inspire us. Hope you like them!

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9 Startup Lessons from Isaac Lidsky’s TEDTalk

Even after creating award-winning apps featured in Apple App Store, Oursky’s team still faces the same startup hurdles every time we create a new in-house product. In addition to our many client projects, Oursky has developed in-house products such Shotbot and MakeappIcon. Upon reflection, we realised that many of the ups and downs we faced could be addressed by Isaac Lidsky’s TEDTalk about facing your fears: “What reality are you creating for yourself?”  Here are some of our startup reflections based on his advice. Continue reading

How we figured out period leave without a single meeting

Normally, we talk about code at Oursky, but a discussion about period leave in Hong Kong this spring got us thinking about our team culture. Our first question was, why is this even a debate? Do all companies need to have meetings and legislature to figure this out?

Oursky has 12 female team members who make up about 25% of the company. We solved the problem with a simple e-mail update to the entire company. Not all important issues need discussions before implementing a solution if you have the right company culture. We’d love to share with you how we solved this problem before it even became one. Continue reading

Ready Grow your Clientbase? 5 Ultimate Project Management Templates

Just wrapped up your latest contract and swamped with potential clients? Do you want them, but not sure if you can take the extra load? We currently have 13 active projects and 18 open products. We’d love to share with you how we do project management.

First thing: we just use simple spreadsheets.

We’d love to share with you the 5 simple templates that help our teams every day.

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A Guide to Web Design Process (With a Free Template)

In addition to our reputation for clean and sturdy code, Oursky is known for our thorough design process that produces products such as Cococolor and Artstack. In this post, we’re annotating  our internal web design guideline document for you to use.

We’ve refined this process of the years and going on our ‘don’t repeat yourself’ rule, we’d love to share our process transparently with you. These web design best practices are applicable for client and in-house products. Below, we’ll show you the web design for Skygear‘s sign up web portal (try our BaaS for free!).  to show you how we do things in-house.

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Why Side Projects Help Companies: 10 Ways it Helped Mine

Facebook Notification Chima Open Door

I got an e-mail in the middle of the night. I opened it to discover that the Android version of our Chima Open Door app was finished.

“As long as it’s not something your boss told you to do, the job gets done so fast.” Recently, I joked about one of our new side projects, Chima Open Door, on Facebook.

This post is about our latest side project, Chima Open Door, why I support my team to pursue their own projects, and how projects like this benefits Oursky as a company. Continue reading

5 Logo & Icon Tips for Visual Identity (With a Product Case)

Where do you start for visual identity? So much meaning is crammed into a name, logo, and 16 x 16 icon. If you want a quick review of some design principles, check this article on effective logo design. Today’s post is a transparent sharing piece  on how we developed the toaster logo for an Oursky in-house product, MakeAppIcon.

The first iteration of MakeAppIcon (MAI) was a simple web app that helps users make icons for various platforms. We were sick of resizing, so we created an app that would help us do that. We don’t get too hung up on names, so we just used something people could remember. People remember smart and short, or descriptive and obvious. We went with the latter, and with the name decided, we moved on to visual identity. Continue reading

5 Front-End Design Essentials for Developers

Oursky has a lot of pixel lovers. Even though majority of our staff are developers, we take pride in our UI. In fact, our designers are perfectionists that not only design great front-end interfaces, they make sure our developers implement them properly.

Below, we’re sharing our internal design 101 guide that our designers created for developers. We hope it helps your implementation too! Continue reading

How to Build Solid Engineering Culture in a Small Tech Team

In order to have a strong technology startup, company culture is vital. Specifically, engineering culture is vital, no matter how small the team. A great engineering culture will not only attract top engineers, but also help keep them happy and productive to drive the company forward. Continue reading

5 Tips to Get Designer Friends and Make a Kick-Ass Product

Where does a great back-end solution go? Nowhere, without a front-end. So, you have two options: do it yourself, or get a designer to help. Designers probably seemed like a different species of human. Half of your previous encounters probably ended up awkward or hostile.

As a development team that’s grown from 4 people into a company with just shy of 40 members (with 4 in-house designers!), we at Oursky are happy to say it’s possible to love working together! Continue reading

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