Yet another app... why, how, and when?
Isn’t there enough apps out there already? With milions of integrated services, fancy automation, all kinds of flashy features and RAM usage that will turn your laptop into a portable heater? Obviously, yes, there is. Apps like Trello, Notion, Bear, even Slack. They’re all great, and I have used them in the past, some at work, some personally.
But the feature they all lack is customizability. Bloated features, UI that’s thought-through only on the surfaces, services too big to redesign, with user audiences big enough to declare a war upon the slightest change of the software. What I want is complete freedom. Lack of social aspect, my own little haven where I can create a world of productivity that works for me, starting with color palettes, to modules, and features themselves. All of it minimal, focused on keeping you focused. Intuitive. Beautiful. Whether other people share that opinion with me or not, WorkShack is an app that I am building for myself. I couldn’t find a tool that would tick all of my boxes, so I’m just going to build one.
How and when?
I’m building WorkShack on minimal budget, in spare time after work. I plan to release a demo by then end of February, and to take it from there. While potential user feedback will shape how the app will turn out, the vision stays the same: brutalism, minimalism, freedom. I want it to be completely encrypted; as an admin, I can’t see anything you post, I never see any of your data. The only data I will collect is daily active users, registrations, and standard analytics of the homepage. That’s pretty much it.
How to stay up to date?
I could create a newsletter and spam you with irrelevant news about my progress (and I still might do in the future), but right now, I feel like Twitter and this blog is more than enough. Feel free to follow @hellobetkowski (my damn self) and @workshackapp, and to reach out too, I don’t really bite. Well, mostly don’t.