The baby is due, soon…

Hey folks, I thought it was about high-time I posted something else here.   I’ve been a naughty boy, promising much but delivering very little (of blogging interest) for a while – but I have my reasons.  You see, I’ve been working very hard to build a new product, which I am hoping to launch within the next four or five weeks.  It’s been a hard, slow slog, with numerous hiccups along the way, but the end is finally in sight.

I have to admit that it’s a bit scary, too… so much time, effort and, yes, money has been invested in this that a lot rides upon it.  It’s not a totally original idea, either, but this is a good thing as at least there is a market for this kind of thing, but the objective was to do it better than everyone else.  Whether I’ve managed to pull that off, only time (and customers) will tell, but at least I’m going to manage to do one thing: deliver.

Yes, delivery.  It’s often assumed, and sometimes entirely over-looked.  Fact is, it takes a whole lot of effort for someone to actually push a product forward, from the early conceptual stages, though initial prototyping (in my case using Balsamiq extensively) and through many revisions and set-backs, into development and now on the home straight, as it were…

And what of the product?  Well, it’s a web-based user testing service, done with a bit of (orange) flare!  At some point, when this puppy is out in the big, bad world, I’ll post a couple of articles showing the historic designs (from Balsamiq) and the evolution of idea into proof-of-concept and on into actual product. Perhaps some of you will find that interesting, I certainly hope so.

So, if you work with websites and would benefit from some user feedback, please consider using Kupima for your user feedback and usability testing needs.

You can sign up for updates now, or check back in around a month to see the live site (and follow #webfeedback or #kupimatest on Twitter and I’ll ensure you get access to the fantastic introductory offers I’m planning).

Cheers!

About John Clark

My name is John Clark and I previously ran a software house called Reynard Thomson, from which this blog originally grew. In the meantime, we launched a video-based user testing service (Kupima) which didn't really take off, and I have since moved into a new field specialising on software-based research & development consultancy. I'm active on LinkedIn, and would love to connect to anyone who has an interest in software prototyping or R&D: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/jtclarkuk/
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3 Responses to The baby is due, soon…

  1. I’d be surely interested to read more about how you went from idea to actual concept!

    With PreviewLabs, a company specialized in rapid game prototyping, we’re mainly focusing on the part where you og from initial idea to proof-of-concept. We’re usually doing custom programming (often in Unity3D of Flash) to create prototypes.

    Your tool Kupima sounds interesting; could it be easily extended to support game testing or testing of game prototypes (eventually running inside the browser using a plug-in such as the Unity plug-in)?

  2. something went wrong with my comment; I probably forgot to close the link to the Unity3d website…

  3. John Clark says:

    Hi Bernard, I fixed your dangling link :)

    To answer your question, yes, Kupima could easily support games testing (the site will contain integrated, Java-based screencasting support but you can use any screencasting tool, so if it can be captured in a tool such as iShowU HD on the Mac (say) then it can easily be user tested.

    The only possible snag is simply that some testers (most?) might have reservations about installing anything purely to do a test. Drop me an email and keep in touch, I’d like to talk some more about trying this out if you have a particular game prototype in mind.

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