During an old project I was working on (a social app called Wingman), I fooled around doing basic designs and wireframes on Excel (I have a Finance background so had to go with my weapon of choice). Needless to say, it looked pretty horrendous.
What it did teach me however was the amount of detail and scrutiny required to design a proper looking app. Hence when I started to look for ways to design the idea for Mimicr (I was calling it Skreen-On! back then), I decided to do some research to find out if there was anything out there that would simplify the design process. That’s when I stumbled upon Keynotopia. Its author Amir Khella, had painstakingly designed and packaged design templates that could be used in most basic apps. He was selling them on his website in Keynote and PowerPoint formats. You can check his video here. I don’t use any mac products so I decided to give the PowerPoint version a try (PowerPoint was my second weapon of choice).
Once the idea was in my head, I all of a sudden began to come across different scenarios where a screen sharing tool would become handy. Whenever I received multiple screenshots grabs from friends, a web link to an article that took those extra few seconds to open in a new browser window (hate when that happens), or when I got delayed responses from friends after I’ve shared something interesting with them, I wondered each time how much easier it would be If we could just share our screens with each other. This kept on happening continuously; naturally I did what everyone does and searched the app stores for such a tool. Surely it must already exist.
To my dismay, it didn’t. I couldn’t find a single app that provided a phone to phone screen sharing feature. The few who did offer that option only allowed you to do it via a computer (streaming your phone’s screen to a computer screen) which also required taking very complicated steps (such as rooting your phone). This was quite strange; o...
The idea of screen sharing came to me sometime last year when I was sitting in the lobby of Ace Hotel NYC with my laptop working on a landing page for a project I was testing at the time. It was right after New Years so motivation was high and ideas were flowing.
I look up from my laptop and see two lady friends comfortably lounging on the sofa with their cell phones in hand. It appears they're going through their Instagram feeds. After every few scroll, they'd nudge one another and show each other their phones, typically followed by a giggle or a smart comment about what they've just witnessed on each other's screens. This kept going on...and on.......and on..................and on.
At first I was annoyed. They were distracting me from my work; and my latte. But then, several things hit me at once:
1. People have a deep innate desire to share with others (duh).
2. This desire is truly fulfilled only when both parties involved experience the shared moment at...