In the previous issue, published October 23, neither Prince Hodonou nor myself had enough time to write an update for TechNews about the behind-the-scenes of SeekNow. These past two weeks could be summarized as the “design weeks.” Throughout my whole life, I have never focused so much on the small details that make an app the way it is.
If you haven’t read through the previous weeks’ episodes, I mentioned being responsible for the design of the app. However, before last week, SeekNow’s design was put on hold for several reasons. One of the reasons was the lack of inspiration to build the app. Another reason would be that Hodonou and I were going back and forth between features that we could add. However, last week, I put my academic life on hold and focused on drawing the app’s wireframe. Once that was done, I went on Adobe XD and spent the next five hours of my day building the app’s look. For anyone out of the loop, Adobe XD is a software used to build previews of how an app developer would like their app to look and feel before actually coding it. You require zero knowledge of coding to use Adobe XD, and it is free to download and use. It truly is a powerful software, and I wish I had discovered it during freshman year, just so that I could be more experienced in using it to build SeekNow. A thing to note is that I used Apple’s provided kit to build the app’s look, since people seem to prefer how iOS apps look to Android or Microsoft apps. By the end of it, I got an app I was pretty satisfied with.
In the past, I have spent a lot of time creating content, whether it would be pictures, videos, or illustrations. By now, I am well aware of the fact that the longer I personally spend on a project, the less I will see its flaws and defects. I need outside consultation at some point to review my craft. Hodonou took on that role, and he checked the app’s look, and suggested a few modifications. He later started coding the app, such that the November release would already have the updated skin, rather than the old skin. We’re pretty unsatisfied with how much work we are able to put in SeekNow at the moment, considering that we have so many exams, assignments, and labs to complete. We’ll get it done somehow.
I also want to use this segment to give a summary on “A PODCAST.” If you don’t know already by now, “A PODCAST” is a podcast where we talk about SeekNow, and our experience with starting our own project. We host it every week on Tuesday nights on WIIT, and we publish the content on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, and all the other fancy podcast websites that people use. In the past three weeks, we’ve been having guests on the show, and we are super stoked about that, since most of our guests came to us, rather than us reaching out. We share snippets of the podcast on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and the Illinois Tech Student Community group on Facebook. Overall, we’ve had 261 listens, and I am personally super proud of that. Although we’ve received criticism about how some people found us to be cringey, we keep going in every week to talk about the various aspects of the project. Having a guest brings in a new voice, and hence allows the conversation to have more dimensions. We have also designed and printed posters for “A PODCAST” around campus.