Why would anyone care about a barebones wireframe? Because basic layouts can help you demonstrate your competency to potential clients. Oursky’s working relationship with a client begins with understanding the problem they want to work and developing a user story. We share our early designs in the conversation to demonstrate our working style before they make their decision. This small investment builds trust with potential clients, helps secure contracts, and begins great working relationships.
The best part is, everyone can create a wireframe. Continue reading
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.
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
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
Growth hacker is the next VP of marketing, according to Andrew Chan, the growth advisor in unicorns like Dropbox and AngelList. You may wonder why Growth Hacking has become so trendy in the startups at Silicon Valley. Let’s dive into the growth hacking world: learn more about what exactly growth hackers do and see why your startup need one as well.
As Will Rogers put it, “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” It’s essentially a project manager’s (PM) job to both design the track for the team and make sure they get through it. When Oursky first started 8 years ago as a 3-person team, we were our own PMs. Since then, our company has expanded to a 40-person company with offices in Hong Kong and Taiwan, managing up to 15 projects at a given time. We pride ourselves on producing high-quality products, and we’ve not been afraid to evolve as our company has grown.
The key to our success today is project management. This post will share the 5 key things that our project managers do to lead teams that build great products and have fun along the way!
Outsourcing vs insourcing
Are in-house apps always better than outsourced apps? No. Jamn, the musician’s multi-tool, selected as one of Apple’s Best of 2013 Apps in Europe and the Americas, was an outsourcing success at Oursky. In this post, we will share how we built this award-winning app using an MVP, fast iterations and proactive engagement with our client, MiQ Limited.
House of Cards vs Alpha House
In 2013, not one, but two tech companies took the leap into data-driven political dramas. Only, Amazon’s got an IMDb got a 7.6 rating, and Netflix’s creation got a 9.0. Both are well-funded companies, familiar with techniques such as iterative processes, collecting user feedback, and specialized data analysis. The difference lies in their treatment of data.
In this post, we’ll be comparing the difference between data-driven and data-informed product design.
Guy Kawasaki was the former Chief Evangelist of Apple. He has helped evangelized the great Macintosh computer and had been an entrepreneur and a venture capitalist himself.
The following list would go through the top-10 mistakes of entrepreneurs he observed over the past 30 years as a technologist.
Behind every great team and project, there is this one person titled project manager. He/She is the one who does the ‘dirty job’ to such as to plan, estimate, communicate and make sure everyone in the team is happy — because that’s how people produce great work.
At Oursky, we have a couple of project managers in-house who share the heavy workload of managing our client/own projects. So I asked them for software Project Management tips, here you go!