Knowtify Breakfast 3.10.14 - Screw the dashboard page

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Notes from our breakfast for the log:

The Menu

A really simple menu this morning. I was running a bit late, so had to focus on quick and easy. So we went with a classic - pigs-in-a-blanket.

I know what you are thinking - "Aren’t pigs-in-a-blanket those little hotdogs wrapped in puff pastry that are served at those ‘wanna-be-fancy’ cocktail hours?"

Yeah, those are pigs-in-a-blanket, but growing up, I always knew pigs-in-a-blanket as pork sausages wrapped in pancakes. So, that’s what we had this morning. To be honest, the pork sausage I bought from Whole Foods was really bland and I find their pancake batter to be pretty bland as well (add extra vanilla & some orange zest), so this wasn’t the most flavorful breakfast we’ve had. But it was good none-the-less.

The Discussion

Most of our discussion this morning centered around a new iteration on the product that Dane had released the night before.

He started with the goal of building out an obligatory ‘dashboard’ page for our app. He struggled with the idea of requiring our users to have to think about/find/goto yet another page in the to get access to some valuable information. Ultimately he decided to, well, ‘screw the dashboard page.’ He decided to build out a header in the app that would serve as:

  • a place to find information that would otherwise be hidden on a dashboard;

  • a launching-off point for the major, actionable pages/sections of the app. In essence by ‘screwing the dashboard page’ he was also ‘screwing tabs’. Users can get to each major section right from these header blocks;

  • a nice visual display of activity which can help prompt users to be more active in the app. 

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Overall, I really liked this direction for all the reasons above. I think this idea of a ‘dashboard-header’ that follows users around across the app is super convenient and makes using the app feel more ‘dynamic.’ It’s a concept that has a lot of potential to bring more interesting information front and center as we add more interesting functionality/data. And finally, I think it is setting the groundwork for a nice ‘visual language’ for the app.

We’re definitely pleased with the direction. And  feedback from our early test users has been good as well. Looking forward to seeing where this goes!

Another good Knowtify Breakfast. As always, if you’d like to join us for any of our breakfasts, just shoot us an email before Tuesday morning and we’ll make sure to buy enough food…