Let's bring change to fight systemic racism. Find and share raw and authentic acts of kindness, love and unity to spread hope and healing.

Hope for Change

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Michael Novotny

Maker

Maker

The biggest thing for me that I struggled with is getting the hero page down. I wanted to have a hero image then a short explainer text while also using the impact of a map to show the global change that was happening.

I later discovered another Glide app that really executed on this well, and they used a hero image with the text for the hero and subtitle within the image. I thought this was a really savvy implementation and a great workaround with Glide's limitations.

The product is available to view and is in this database. It is by Kavir Kaycee and called Mind Health.

Starter Stack
10
hours to build

Insights into building with Glide

What is it:

Let's bring change to fight systemic racism. Find and share raw and authentic acts of kindness, love and unity to spread hope and healing.

Maker Insight:

Struggled with is getting the hero page down. I wanted to have a hero image then a short explainer text while also using the impact of a map to show the global change that was happening.

I later discovered another Glide app that really executed on this well, and they used a hero image with the text for the hero and subtitle within the image. I thought this was a really savvy implementation and a great workaround with Glide's limitations.

The product is available to view and is in this database. It is by Kavir Kaycee and called Mind Health.

What did I learn:

1. Product Strategy: Distribution - What is more important the product or the distribution? A key learning I have had is that it doesn't matter what type of product you can make if you do not think about distribution. And you can give yourself a massive headache and even develop the wrong product if you don't consider your starting point first.

The distribution should impact your V1 of your product. Getting your first 1000 users is more important than building a picture perfect product. In my experience, you will run out of time or money or both building for your perfect product instead of building for your audience. You can always expand your product. But if you start too big and make something that isn't that compelling you can lose momentum fast.

The Lean Side Project framework is about making and launching lean so that you can build iteratively to maximize out punch above your fighting weight to get attention and attract the right 1000 users for your product.

2. No-code tool feature: Glide maps feature - Glide maps is good, but there is not a deep flexibility in how you can display the map feature. It gets the job done and does a great job at displaying natively within the app. There is a limit to how many points you can map out on the free plan.

My recommendation is if you can use a map, use it because it adds a lot to visually to the experience. If you do have a global presence the map loses its efficacy because the map zooms out too far and the points aren't in focus to really provide a lot of value.

3. Product Strategy: Activation + Investment - the main activation step for users in this app is viewing the content and receiving a reward for what the app is about. What I don't think I did a good job on was thinking through the investment part of the app and really promoting a way for users to contribute. This ties back to my biggest complaint about Glide is that I don't think it is easy to add in buttons within the experience so that they are more prominent and help drive the user to some further action. For example the "+" button in the top right part of the app acts like a CTA to add content to the app. However, this doesn't pass basic design 101. There is no text to drive home the CTA to the user.

In the pages within the app like maps view it is not feasible, Glide does not permit you to add a button on those pages. You can only add buttons on certain pages.

Frustrating as it is, Glide apps do a lot right and best serve a purpose for these two use cases:
1. Using this rapidly test a concept
2. Get experience from launching your first app as a beginner

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