The SampleBoard MVP included the following features, setting it apart from existing, makeshift alternatives, and creating the perfect solution for designers looking to digitize their workflow.
A Power Graphical User Interface: The product’s main feature was a Graphical User Interface (GUI) that functioned like many standard GUI design products, offering tools to users to accomplish specific tasks. Users could manipulate objects by doing things like moving them around a virtual canvas, resizing them, rotating them, and reversing them. They could also move objects forward and backward, controlling how they intersected and overlapped.
In short, Net Solutions designed the UI following standard conventions, so any experienced designer would find it intuitive and easy to use. The use of animation libraries like Green Sock ensured the UX was similarly intuitive for each tool.
Multiple Mood Boards, Easy to Organize: The platform allowed designers to create multiple ‘mood boards’ after signing up, organizing them into individual ‘projects.'
Easy Image Uploads: The designers could directly upload assets like photos, swatches, patterns, etc. or they could import them from a growing library of assets on the platform. They could also import images from Pinterest or even a Google image search without leaving the platform’s interface.
Helpful Templates: To get designers up and running quickly, Net Solutions built a templating system with pre-defined placeholders for images, which became one of the most beloved features of the app.
What made this feature so popular? Working with the templates meant designers did not have to worry about cropping and layering their assets to fit a custom layout. Instead, the placeholder automatically cropped the visibility to fit the provided space.
Easy Sharing: Once a mood board was ready for primetime, the designer could share their project online, presenting different ‘pages’ in a PowerPoint-like slideshow. Alternatively, they could export projects into high-resolution images or custom-size PDFs.
A Comprehensive Back-end
Net Solutions designed a back-end system that allowed the administrators to efficiently manage the platform, with features like:
- User management that shows users on different tiers, their payment history, etc.
- Asset management that allows staff to easily manage image libraries
- Detailed reports of various facets of the business, such as subscribed users, revenue reports, space usage, etc.