This is a co-written article. For better context, please skim through what we wrote in the first iteration.
Side projects are teachers, of sorts. After trying to redesign the Google Translate app and failing, Sahil and I tried again. Only while writing about it did we realize we weren’t failing, but making real good progress. We learned to not trust the first iterations of the designs we made and to never give up until we’ve solved what we had first set out to solve.
Redesigning products that are already great is a very exciting challenge I seem to have taken up since the Gmail redesign. …