Friday August 1, 2014
Hellooo! Hope you’re having a beautiful day. It’s a sunny afternoon in this corner of the universe and we’re excited to get this update into your hands!
What’s in it? FILTERS. Powerful, life-changing filters. Filter products in your collections by store and by price range! Filter search results by products you’ve saved! Both of these things have the potential to change shopping as you know it. Dig it.
Tell us what you think! We listen, hard! > firstname.lastname@example.org. And please feel free to make our week with more awesome and hilarious reviews. They make us feel good about life.
Get it now.
Monday July 7, 2014
Are your fingers sore? Do you guys have blisters? Seriously, we were blown away by all your Wanelo button saving. Not only did we get a tsunami of saves, but you guys managed to hunt almost all of the hundreds of stores that have the button. Well done.
But only a few can be winners so (drumroll please) here are the winners of the Where’s Wanelo contest! We’ve emailed all of the winners listed below, so if you see your username but haven’t seen the email, let us know at email@example.com. Congrats and thanks everyone for playing along.
Monday July 7, 2014
Helloooo! Hope your summer is off to an epic start if you’re in the northern hemisphere! It’s all rainbows and sunsets over here. And feature-building. Mmmm.
Huge things in this update. Those filters that we added to search results are now on store pages! What does this mean?! This means, for example, that if you’re a guy who only wants to see guys’ things as you browse stores, you can do that! This changes everything.
You can also search across the stores you follow again (one word: filters). And product pages now highlight the person who saved it and their collection. Cool collections everywhere!
What else? Well, there’s a new cat floating around your gifts collection. Meet Kyo the Bowtie Cat, submitted by @cupcakepaws in a little contest we held on Instagram. She also makes and sells bowties for cats! (@cupcakepaws, not Kyo.) Find them all on Wanelo.
We also added Spanish and Italian versions of the app! And some surprising things we’ll let you find out for yourself.
Tell us what you think! —> firstname.lastname@example.org. And please feel free to make our week with more awesome and hilarious reviews.
Now go have a beautiful day.
Sunday June 1, 2014
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Wednesday May 21, 2014
Hey again, it’s another splendid day here in #waneloworld and guess what - we have another awesome new iOS feature to share with you!
Our content editors have been hard at work creating the new featured lists. Just look for ’Featured’ under search for magical lists of awesome stores and users, handpicked just for you (!!!)
Got an idea for a featured list you’d like to see? Why not send us a request at email@example.com? Go ahead, chances are we will probably want to shop it too.
Thursday May 15, 2014
Hello out there! Hope it’s a nice day where you are! It’s bright and beautiful here.
We’ve been busy making Wanelo dangerously powerful. Now you can filter search results by price range and category (!), see when a product’s price has been lowered (!!), and see better search results in general (!!!). It’s gettin’ good, seriously. #comeandgetit
And we’ve been fulfilling your requests — making it easier to save a product you’ve saved to another collection, letting you know when you’ve already saved a product, all that good stuff. Also: check out the all new Featured section under search for handpicked lists of stores and users to follow.
A vortex of goodness is coming. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime with requests and ideas! We’re good listeners.
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Friday May 9, 2014
You’re a designer. And you work well with the CEO.
5 ways that we can all play well with each other.
This post is in response to “You’re a designer. Not the CEO.” by Bradford Shellhammer
I am one of two designers at a little startup called Wanelo. We are a team of 35 people, including about 20 engineers. We also have a PR team, community managers, content editors, one CEO, one CTO and one VP of Product. You get the idea, there are quite a few groups of people who need to work together.
Contempt does not exist on our team. Collaboration does. And passion for the product. Every single person who works here has an opinion—not just about design, but about how it solves our users’ problems. And how we can all work together to make the most useful and engaging shopping app in the universe.
Of course we know that all humans have an appreciation for and understanding of design. The difference is that most humans find it very difficult, almost impossible, to translate that amazing thing in their minds into cold hard reality. Unless you’re Michaelangelo.
A designer has the tools to do this, but even we struggle sometimes. Design needs to be an ongoing conversation, so that together we can turn that hunk of marble into David.
The word politics is loaded. It assumes an adversarial stance. It’s the designer vs engineer, designer vs CEO. This is a flawed perspective. Designers are part of your campaign team (to use a political metaphor), they get your message out to the people.
Here are a few ways in which we can all get along and build awesome things together:
1. Communicate effectively
At Wanelo, we over-communicate.
We have a style guide and visual aesthetic, so the basic building blocks are in place, and the conversation is now about interaction and designing for the user’s journey through the app rather than the color or size of a button.
We have daily standups, lunches together and company-wide retrospectives every other week. These are all great opportunities for different parts of the company to get on the same page about goals, issues and ideas. Anyone can join standup when they have a request for help, or feedback about a specific feature that was built.
We also have hack days every other week, where designers get to work on their own ideas with engineers they might have not have worked with before.
2. Include designers in conversations not just about design
Designers don’t want to be thought of just as support staff or pixel pushers. We want to feel like we have an impact on the product.
At Wanelo we all work very closely together. Literally. I sit back-to-back with engineers, and am very interested in learning how things are built. And they are very enthusiastic about explaining things to me in a way that I can understand. We have demos by engineers on analytics, scaling, or how a specific feature was built.
The product roadmap is shared with the whole company and we are invited to give feedback. And this feedback is actually considered.
3. Don’t have 25-people-in-a-room-with-a-projector design reviews
Any designer who has been to art school understands the trauma that comes with your work being critiqued by a large group of people. School is a learning environment so this form of feedback might be appropriate (though I am strongly opposed to it), but it has no place in a company where we are all adults and can find ways to communicate in less pedantic ways.
We have a product channel in Slack where mockups are posted several times a day, and anyone is free to comment. We create clickable prototypes and walk over to each others’ desks with our phones in hand. This completely eliminates the need for a formal design review where everyone feels obligated to express an opinion.
4. Continuous feedback is oxygen for design
We have a continuous feedback loop at Wanelo. Feedback from team members while a feature is being designed, feedback through App store reviews, feedback from users at in-person user-testing sessions.
Feedback is given several times a day in bite-sized chunks. It doesn’t come down like an avalanche, burying the designer with vastly differing opinions from people who are out of touch with each other and with the product.
Being a designer is hard. We combine a subjective art with the practical realities of creating a product that people will actually use. We bare our souls several times a days with each design decision we make. Therefore it is important that the feedback we receive is constructive and backed by good reason. We are more likely to be open to it when we are not being defensive.
5. Give designers the information and support they need
Designers want to know why. They might not always ask for it, but give them all the data you can about the impact their designs are having on user behavior.
We get daily metrics reports on all our platforms via email, and specific bits of data are shared in Slack when something of note occurs. We A/B test everything because we know that sometimes we don’t have the answers. This makes design so much more about the process of continuous improvement than a silver bullet that has all the answers.
That’s what we all need to do to build amazing things together.
Tuesday April 22, 2014
Hey Android users! Looks like a lot of you are using the swipe-to-save feature we recently added (fist pump), so we decided to make it even better! Now you can choose which collection you swipe to save to! Tap the Magic icon and try it - it’s weirdly satisfying.
We’re also working to make the Magic feed even more responsive and even more magical. So keep swiping and shoot us a note at email@example.com to tell us what you think! Real hardcore amazingness is in the works.
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Monday April 21, 2014
Hello! Good to see you again!
We have got a ton of great feedback about the Magic feed and the swipe-to-save interface. Sounds like you like it :) So we made it better! And added it to iPad!
Now *you* can make your Wanelo better with every product you save. When you swipe to save from the Magic feed, it’s like you’re talking to Wanelo and Wanelo listens (not in a creepy way). The more you use it, the better it gets! Soon it will get out of hand (in a good way).
What else? Store pages are starting to look more like profiles, as stores get hip to what’s going on here (have you been seeing all those Wanelo buttons out there?) And we’ve made the app faster to open and use. More soon. Email us your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org, and please feel free to leave more awesome and hilarious reviews! We love them. Maybe we’ll even get one embroidered.
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Friday April 4, 2014
Hi guys, TGIF! Oh and FYI, your Friday is about to get pretty awesome (maybe even more awesome than this).
You have all been asking for an easier way to organize your collections for quite some time. And guess what, we did it! It’s now possible online - aaand, we’re working on making it live on mobile too. How soon you ask? Soon. Like, way soon. :)
How it works is beyond simple - just go to your profile, click on the brand spankin’ new ORGANIZE button, and move things around to your heart’s content. Done and done!
Have a great weekend, ya’ll!
Tuesday April 1, 2014
Basically, you’ve been asking, and we’ve been listening.
Beside the new magic feed in your life, we have something more magical happening. It’s like a unicorn is about to show up at your doorstep, so here goes it!
WANELO IS OPENING ITS FIRST MALL!!!!! (Yes, it’s an all caps required situation.)
We know right now you’re probably screaming, texting, tweeting, snapchatting, and ‘gramming this to all your people to spread the news: #wanelomall
So the deets:
We are opening our first mall later this year in Providence, Rhode Island. For realsies.
One of the biggest struggles in securing the first mall location was simply finding a property large enough to hold all the 12 million products you can find on Wanelo. After months of searching and scouring, we found an abandoned mall to transform into an IRL version of Wanelo. Um yea, it’s a dream come true.
The next tricky thing is figuring out how to make everything fit inside our new location. Probably with reallllly tall racks. We’ve been having a ridiculous amount of fun figuring it out still, especially finding all the catzz for our new mall.
Stay tuned for more! Because when we announce the Grand Opening date, we hope to offer massive Wanelo discounts and awesome raffle prizes to the first 1,500 people who wait in line overnight before our big day later this year. The first 500 lucky folks will get a lifetime’s worth of free Squishables, and you all know how Deena feels about Squishables!
Here’s a sneak peek of the early design of our mall!
Oh, and BTW, APRIL FOOLS!!!!!!
Sorry, this may have been too good to be true, but know that we love you forever and ever like Kate Moss and pizza slices.
Monday March 31, 2014
Oh hello! We hope you’re having a good day out there, and we sincerely hope it’s about to get better thanks to this update!
It contains magic for iPhone and iPod users. Literally. Seriously. Check out the new Magic feed of interesting products cooked up just for you, based on the products you’ve been saving. It changes as you save new things, and as other people who save things similar to your things save things. You can view them one at a time if you want and swipe to save the good ones. It’s a powerful force and not something to be used while operating heavy machinery. If you use it while walking, don’t forget to look up!
We also made a slew of small improvements based on your feedback, and made profiles more screenshot-friendly.
Tell us what you think and what you would like, and if you appreciate what we’ve been doing, leave us a nice review! We read them all and share them. Someday we’ll publish a coffee table book of them.
Monday March 24, 2014
As you’ve been browsing around some of your favorite stores’ websites, you may have noticed the Wanelo button floating around. It makes saving awesome items from your favorite sites to Wanelo even easier.
Here are just a few of the (many) sites where you can now find the Wanelo button:
If one of your favorite stores doesn’t have our button yet, never fear! Just email email@example.com or Tweet at @Wanelo to let us know which ones you think should add it next.
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Hello there! Hope you’re feeling as good as we are today. It’s spring! Birds are chirping and stuff! And the Wanelo team is about to head to Tahoe for a little retreat / hackathon!
This update lets you manage your push notifications (you asked! We listened!) and makes My Feed (*your* feed) significantly more exciting. We also improved product sending and trimmed off some fat. This version will feel lighter, faster, stronger. Go ahead, kick the tires.
Tell us what you think and what else you’d like to see: firstname.lastname@example.org. We like to make things happen.
Thursday February 20, 2014
Jambo! We have one new, righteous little feature in this update.