A Quick Preview
Here are 6 screenshots of test pages. They are split between the two layouts I have built so far for Cascade, and each uses different color schemes, font pairings, buttons, and logos. Click each image for a full-size screenshot.
As you can see, just changing a few variables makes a big difference in the feel of the design, even though the content and layout are identical.
These 6 examples don’t even come close to exhausting the number of options available. And as development proceeds, more layouts will become possible.
This week I finally reached the point where I’ve stopped building new features and am now testing. I’m working through cross-browser testing, and this is the biggest factor left that will affect when early access can start. Obviously, I don’t want to release software that hasn’t undergone enough testing. My goal is that when early access starts, technical concerns will take a back seat to design concerns.
After I browser test, I’ll begin a round of code reviews with a small handful of developers to get opinions on code quality, ease of use, and whether I’ve kept the promises I’ve made.
Then, Cascade will undergo a round of critiques from fellow designers. Cascade looks like I designed it. It reflects my design approach and taste. I feel this is a strength, but Cascade can definitely benefit from additional opinions.
After these, I may need to take a bit of time and make revisions to Cascade’s design and code. But, when that is complete, I can begin early access.
Early access will be like a presale. A segment of my newsletter will get a chance to purchase Cascade early, before it’s available to everyone else, at a fairly significant discount.
If you want to be included in Early Access, send me an email. I’m building a small list by hand, to start.
My goal is to begin early access in about a month. That’s not a promise, as there are some factors that could delay this. But I’ll do my best!
When Early Access begins, you’ll see details on the different packages you can choose from: team, basic, and framework licenses.
The Basic package includes a more limited feature set, with only a couple of font pairings, logos, color schemes, and layouts. As of today, all features included in the Basic package are built. The basic package is licensed to one person.
The Framework package includes everything. However, when early access begins, all features will not be complete, most notably, the layouts and layout modules. So, those who purchase the framework will get free updates including the new features, and will receive everything available on Cascade’s launch day. The framework package is also licensed to one person.
The Team package includes multiple licenses for the Framework, at a discount. So, if you have a partner or small team, you can save some money and buy several licenses in a bundle. I haven’t decided on how many to include, but I’m thinking of small teams of 3-5 people. If you have an opinion about this, drop me a note.
In exchange for the discounts you get in early access, I’ll ask that you send me an email sharing your experiences and feedback, and a link to what you’ve built using Cascade. This shouldn’t take more than half an hour of your time.
After early access, I’ll offer Cascade for sale to my mailing list, including the discount I promised on the landing page. This discount will be a little smaller than the early access discount, but the software will be release quality, not a beta.
So, how does that sound?
Please, leave a comment, or send me an email with your thoughts on this plan. If people don’t like how the project is progressing, I’m happy to make changes.
Thanks for your time and attention!