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# thinking-together
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Martin Shaw

07/08/2023, 4:35 AM
Been reading a lot about Calm Tech (https://calmtech.com/), technology designed to require a minimum of the user's repeated attention. Products/projects which make information available to the user on the user's request and not the other way around. As someone who has wasted plenty of time on social media, I find the design ideas fleshed out on the site and related projects fascinating. Does anyone else have an interest? Seems like a positive (for once) way 'back to the future' of useful home-based tech.
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Grant Forrest

07/08/2023, 11:33 PM
I'm a big fan. I've tried to shift my mindset more into this space when building gnocchi.club, especially relating to only providing features to help accomplish the task at hand as a contrast against the increasingly chaotic nature of most cooking sites (because of their reliance on ads and the engagement spiral). It's still hard for me to think outside the box of traditional web apps, but mainly I tried to focus on trying to end up in a usable state no matter what when interpreting user actions, limiting notifications and re-engagement junk, and generally trying to be utilitarian and minimalist as a product by avoiding ambitious features.
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Maximilian Ernestus

10/04/2023, 8:52 AM
Also a big fan! Happy to discuss the ideas. I think people are kind of trying to implement it in IOT but somehow missing the point.
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Martin Shaw

12/19/2023, 2:13 PM
@Grant Forrest I really love the design of Gnocchi! It is really simple while ensuring it is full of features useful to a clear and defined audience with specialised need. I also like the small animations on interactions. As a technical person, it is difficult not to overthink features, bloating deadlines and delaying delivery of tools which people would find useful in a more basic state. The quote "Release early, release often". If you make any additions, please share them, I would like to see them. Some books to recommend on this topic: Shape Up - Stop Running in Circles and Ship Work that Matters (https://basecamp.com/shapeup) Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success (https://kensegall.com/books)
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Grant Forrest

12/19/2023, 2:35 PM
Aw, thanks! It's been a long journey to figuring out the right process to get things shipped. I still have anxiety when things aren't perfect but I love having a useful app in my hand regardless.