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A couple of months ago, we shipped a brand new mobile platform at Envoy. This was timed with a rollout of our new brand and a comprehensive workplace platform. This release was the culmination of a process that was a couple years in the making. There were highs and lows and a lot of learning. Here’s what it looked like from a product design perspective.

The beginning of our mobile journey

In 2016, we launched our first-ever mobile app, Envoy Passport.

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This app was designed specifically with a focus on visitors who were interacting with our Envoy Visitors kiosks regularly. It utilized Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to communicate directly with the iPad and auto-fill the visitor’s information — speeding up the sign-in experience. …

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Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash

Automakers have been producing concept cars for over 80 years — starting with the 1938 Buick Y-Job. The Buick Y-Job featured the first iteration of power operated hidden headlamps, electric windows and even flush door handles. Since then, automakers have continued this tradition every year at auto shows, where they show them off to the public.

Concept cars serve a variety of purposes. Some automakers use them to display their vision of the future, even 10–20 years out, through radical design concepts. Others demonstrate new techniques or materials that could be used to produce tomorrow’s car. Many of these concepts never see the light of day. Recent concept cars have continued to inspire customers and position their companies as future and forward thinking. …

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Photo by Safar Safarov on Unsplash

Recently, I’ve noticed a bit of an alarming trend within the product design community around the use of static prototypes. These types of prototypes are a great tool, but solely relying on them for making crucial product decisions can be a slippery path. Let’s dig into why that could present problems.

Distinguishing between static & interactive prototypes

A static prototype typically is done with low or high fidelity designs. A classic example of a static prototype would be a clickable set of mockups put together using a tool like InVision. …


Jon Rundle

Staff Product Designer at @shopify . Previously @envoy , @trebleapps , @resolutionim . Creator of http://learnmobile.design

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