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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.
Simple, email-first, no login required team training
The Vote's Out
A free real-time mobile party game
The best way to count people, workouts, inventory, or whatever needs summed.
Track your goals and weekly habits with your peers
State of Shirts
An e-commerce site that sells shirts with multiple states.
MPLS Digital Makers Website
A community around making
A Way to Discover Minneapolis Advertising Agency & Creative Shops
A Sales Pipeline & CRM for Freelancers & Agencies
A WordPress plugin to customize "archive" pages
Compete with others over healthy goals
Simple Project Cost Estimating Software
An email signature generator
Friday, January 21st, 2022
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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.
Thursday, May 16th, 2019
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
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.