Jesse Sutherland

Jesse Sutherland

Last seen 5 months ago

Jesse Sutherland is a Minneapolis based freelance web designer, ux designer, and web application developer working in the interactive industry for more than 10 years. Armed with a double major in design and advertising from the UW - Eau Claire, and 8 years of being the Interactive Art Director at a modern ad agency, he has helped hundreds of clients navigate the interactive space.


Project Updates

Sunday, October 23rd, 2022
First customers are signing up

Had two people randomly sign up for the app at $30/month each this week. One of them may have come through the ads I was posting over the last few weeks. The other came through a connection with one of my other products. Exciting to see the app start to gain traction.

Friday, January 21st, 2022
Simple Estimate
Replaced the site with Laravel and Vue Version

Simple Estimate was the first Saas I worked on. I thought I would develop it and put it out there and BAM, instant success.

Unfortunately it didn't quite work like that. Even with my feeble attempts at advertising it didn't acquire any paid customers in the first 9 months. After that I decided to make all of the paid features free except one: the ability to have multiple users.

Over the past 7 years it has had some paying customers, but never enough to really make much difference.

The software has languished over the years that made adding things and making updates to it really tricky.

I finally just replaced the website with a brand new version written in Laravel and Vue.js. I'm pretty proud of how it turned out. I also got a chance to fix some of the things I did wrong initially like the pricing, adding a free trial, adding some necessary features, and using some of my learnings with SEO.

I'm excited to see how this moves the needle.

State of Shirts
Been Getting a Few Orders a Week

Kinda fun since I've been getting a few orders a week now. Still only makes $2-5 per shirt, so its not exactly a huge money maker, but still fun to experiment with.

State of Shirts
Launched this awhile ago

But I never posted it here. Thought I should try and keep this up to date, so why not? 

Friday, December 3rd, 2021
Started Working on My Next Big Idea

I've been working lately on my next idea. It's a sort of simple learning management system (LMS) that does away with a lot of the complexities of those systems, and makes sending a training out to your team as easy as sending out a series of emails.

It will have tracking built in so that you will know who has completed their courses and lessons. In addition reminders will relieve you from the responsibility of following up with delinquent employees that never seem to get around to doing the training.

It has been fun but challenging to work on. I feel like I'm 50% or more done with it, but I probably have a long way to go still!

The Vote's Out
Wanted to try my hand at making a game

The Vote's Out is a free phone party game with friends.

It's a web app that uses pusher for real time kind of updates. Anyone can just pull out their phone, create a game, invite some friends, and start playing, as simple as that!

The game works like this: Each player answers zany questions with their most creative, irreverent, and witty responses to win votes from other players. The player with the most questions won is the winner of the whole game.

It's a quick and fun game similar to Jackbox Quiplash. Playing it usually has hilarious results that your group will be laughing about for days.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021
Tally Count
Wanted An Experimental Weekend Project

Was learning about some new tech (Lando, specifically) and I wanted to try it on a small experimental project rather than one of my existing apps. I had been thinking about these kind of counter apps lately and how they are getting used a lot during the pandemic. I think it might be possible to rank for a web-only version of one, so I figured I would try it out. 

Not sure its going to go anywhere, but I would consider adding additional premium features if it ends up getting some traffic to it.
Got something up for feedback

I got a landing page created and have part of the builder tool working. I'm starting to email out to some of my agency contacts and see if they have feedback about the tool.

Would love any thoughts you have about the landing page, potential pricing model, or features for the tool itself.

Thursday, June 20th, 2019
Crazy Inspired

Met with Andrew about this the other day and he thought this idea had a lot of potential. It's amazing what a short conversation can do to motivate you to work on an idea.

MPLS Digital Makers Website
Do we need this site?

This site has been pretty quiet since launch. Not sure if this is necessary. Let me know if you have feedback.

Thursday, May 16th, 2019
MPLS Digital Makers Website
What next?

I feel like the basics of the site are there and working. Waiting to see how it will be used and what features would be valuable to people. Would love to hear ideas and feedback. Here were some thoughts about what else could be added:

  • Ability for others to ask questions about projects and have the maker respond.
  • Ability for the maker to add polls to discussions (like what feature to build next)
  • Ability for maker to add a "next up"/"roadmap" to projects, re-arrange them, and possibly allow people to "like" or "vote" on them.
  • Ability to add monthly metrics to projects (such as users, earnings, content added...?) kinda like the "open startup" idea.
Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
Archive Control
Next Steps

I just need to update this so that the WordPress repository says that it is compatible with the latest version of WP. 

I've also been working on adding in the ability to add Advanced Custom Fields to the Archive page, kinda like an options page. Made some progress awhile ago, but need to flesh that out a bit more.