2013 HouseTalent DIY Challenge

Drew Geraets
Co-founder, designer

Do you have mad DIY skills? We want to see what you’ve got!

One winner will receive a $100 gift card to Home Depot.

Deadline: September 30, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time

Simply publish your amazing DIY project on HouseTalent as a “Public” project. Eligible entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Aesthetic appeal (50%)
  2. Creativity (25%)
  3. Before & After transformation (25%)

Projects published prior to August 16, 2013 at 12 a.m. on the HouseTalent website are not considered eligible entries. Contestants may submit an unlimited number of projects as entries for consideration. Projects must have been started on or after January 1, 2012.
- View full Contest Rules.

Reordering posts

Drew Geraets
Co-founder, designer

You should be able to organize and publish your project photos in a way that helps you tell a story. So, we’ve added post reordering on the “Edit Project” page. There, you can drag and drop photos into the order you want to display them.

reorder-photos

You can even reorder photos on the upload page!

Finally, we’ve added the ability to view project photos by oldest or newest first.

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Before and after photos

Drew Geraets
Co-founder, designer

One of the most rewarding parts of a project is seeing the transformation from where it all began to the finished product. To that end, we’ve made it easy to select and display before and after photos. Just edit your photo and you’ll be given the option to set it as a “before” or “after” photo and select its counterpart.

before-after

Take a look at it in action.

Happy toggling!

Next!

Drew Geraets
Co-founder, designer

We’ve made it a little easier to navigate between posts.
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We also tidied up vertical shots, centering them and setting against a dark background.
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Just the first in many user interface improvements to come!

HouseTalent featured on Tech.MN

Drew Geraets
Co-founder, designer

tech-mnHouseTalent is featured on Tech.MN as part of their Beta Byte series, which focuses on “early stage tech found somewhere between idea and traction.” That’s exactly where we find ourselves today.

Now that a good amount of our technology is built out, I’m focusing more of my time finding people to use the app and developing relationships with “Featured Contributors.” If you know of someone who might make a good featured contributor (e.g. they’re doing a kitchen or bathroom remodel and have good photography chops), drop me a line.

“Many designers want to launch a well designed product and have it spread by word of mouth. It feels like the best product should just win. But in situations where the product is facing an incumbent and there are complimentary network effects, it’s simply not enough to launch a well designed product…You need to think about a distribution strategy as carefully as everything else.”
- When Good Design Isn’t Enough

Announcing our open beta and email notifications

Drew Geraets
Co-founder, designer

We’re finally blowing the doors off this thing and opening the site up to the public.

Sign up for an account and let us know what you think.

Please share with your friends and family who may also be interested.

With the public beta, we’re also adding email notifications when someone:

  • Follows you
  • Comments on your posts or projects
  • Favorites one of your posts or projects

We’ve added a notifications page in your profile where you can turn these emails on/off.

Next up? We’re continuing work on an Android and iPhone app and will be adding the ability to tag projects and posts by space (e.g. Kitchen, Living Room, etc.).