Here at Dynamo, we design and build interactive products for a number of venture-backed startups. Some of these companies came to us with a nascent idea, while others were preparing to raise their Series A or B rounds of funding. What they all had in common was a trust and belief in our process — and in one way or another, the work we’ve done for them has helped them radically transform their business into a smashing success.
More and more, we get asked the same fundamental question about our work: how can design impact my business? …
It was late October of 2015, and we were walking into a meeting with the accomplished founders of the meal-kit delivery service, Culiniste. After a few years spent working in finance and venture capital, Jonathan Ferrari and Neil Cuggy channeled their passion for cooking wholesome, home-cooked meals into a business. After fifteen months of bootstrapping and proving the concept in Quebec and Ontario, they were ready to take on the rest of Canada.
Their mission to reinvent their creative and marketing efforts led them to Dynamo; our experience building digital products for Blue Bottle Coffee and OMSignal made us a…
It’s officially one month until the Hunger Games (read: US Elections), and we need a breather from all the news about the seventh seal of hell potentially opening up. So come in, peer into the articles we’ve pocketed, the tabs we didn’t close and all the juicy design gems October has offered up so far.
A few months ago, Dynamo decided to try out the agile approach to better manage our projects. The hope is that this will enable project teams to respond better to unpredictability (read: chaos) through incremental, iterative cadences known as sprints. So far, so good — right?
On the surface, it makes a lot of sense: we work with a lot of startups whose needs are evolving. Having worked in a startup, I was accustomed to using sprints to prioritize specific features amidst growing demands from what sometimes seemed like opposing forces: marketing, engineering and design teams.
“Agile is engineering focused…
We’re big fans of Silicon Valley around the office, and as we’re gearing up for the third season, we found this video that shows the cast trying to guess what startups with billion-dollar valuations actually do. The result is priceless, and very NSFW — so put headphones on!
Hello! This month’s peek behind the curtain (and into our #Designamo Slack exchange) covers a wide spectrum of topics, ranging from a new Pantone partnership to a sardonic Tumblr outlining how designers make big bucks. So, without further ado, let’s jump right in.
When I was in college, I worked as a specialist at the Apple Store. Apart from learning how to manage the expectations of hundreds of people waiting in line for shiny, new iWhatever, this part-time job instilled in me two very valuable lessons. The first is that you should always strive to under-promise and over-deliver. The second was a concept called “fearless feedback.”
This concept affords all employees the opportunity to clear through the clutter of managerial hierarchy and encourages collaboration and discussion. It’s simple, really: everyone on the staff is invited to provide feedback to their peers. Generally, the…
Did you have a stressful day yesterday? I’ll bet you did.
Stress is the enemy of productivity, happiness and health. It’s all we hear about these days. As someone who has been badly burned out by nearly job I’ve ever had, this is alarming. In the past, a typical work week for me could somehow creep beyond 60 hours into the threshold of 80 to one-hundred. If this sounds like a #humblebrag, trust me, it’s not.
The Time Is Now
In a start-up, everyone’s time is infinitely valuable. Use yours wisely.
The Best Things in Life Come In Small Packages
Sometimes, teams are small enough that everyone gets to take a vested interest in the company. Cherish that. If you’re young (and you probably are), own up to the opportunities that are given to you and roll with them.
You will fail. You will make mistakes. You will hit “reply-all” when you didn’t mean to. It’s a start-up: the nature of it is entirely experimental. Oftentimes, nobody knows what they’re doing. Samuel Beckett says…