Despite a key element of the app being up in the air, work was
progressing in many other areas. Eventually, I knew we needed to
figure out a way to solve the problem of how tiles would look. To
break out of my rut, I decided to bring in outside viewpoints.
I reached out to my social network here in Montreal, and sought
out the sort of people who might use a soundboard app —
podcasters, radio folks, theatre techs, and more. I bribed several
of them with free lunches, during which I showed them mockups and
got their responses.
The feedback I got was immediate and consistent: Prospective users
didn’t want to rely on a mouse or trackpad to play clips at all!
They wanted to use their Mac’s physical keyboard to play sounds.
Though I’d been focused on providing access to many controls right
on the tile face, it turned out that mouse-based controls should
I love looking at an app progress from a pencil sketch all the way through to the end result.