Welcome to the first newsletter in 2020! Last month, I was still ramping up after the holiday season, so I skipped January. One month further, and I'm deep into my first weekly post series and designing wireframes for an application in the open.
This week will be all about structuring the files containing your scripts.
Building wireframes in the open
Hot on the (w)heels of Mailcoach, we started a new side project to manage database and file backups. The core is almost feature-complete, next up is the UI. We communicate very openly about code at Spatie, but we rarely share anything about our analysis and design processes.
I started to wireframe the project and decided to share my progress on Twitter. Since the backups app is a side project, I mostly work on it in short 30 to 45-minute streaks during my commute to wind down from client work. I decide on a scope to achieve in that short timespan, execute, and tweet out my thought process while it's still fresh.
I'm using wires, a little internal prototyping tool, which is a Next.js app with some added utilities for prototyping. The tool is open-source on GitHub but undocumented for now.
Follow along on the ever-growing Twitter thread!
On the horizon
Until the next issue,