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Hey Internet, check out RockMelt

I spent the summer interning at RockMelt with a rockstar team of engineers and designers who came from places like Google, Apple, Facebook, IDEO. I practiced all the things I have learned about collaboration.

One of my first projects was to work with my team on the splash page. That’s the page you see when you open up RockMelt for the first time. I had to decide how to give a product tour, highlight the most important features and begin to define the product voice–all without overwhelming our new users. It seems obvious, now, that sharing, search, friends and news are the big ticket items, but we had to go through the process to make sure that’s what we wanted to and needed to communicate.

These four rectangles with some hover action may not seem like anything ground breaking, but I have a stack of sketches of inches thick with designs that didn’t make the cut. It’s pretty cool to see it come to life free from the cloaks of stealth even if it’s from my dinky graduate student apartment in Bloomington, Indiana.

I made those buttons on the new tab page, so please send lots of feedback. They really do read all of it.

I also worked on our alpha invite system flow from the employees sending invites up to the experience the user has downloading, installing and getting to the splash page above.

I also picked up the reigns for parts of the Friend Window and took it from a tabbed view to the split view on mac. The team and I went out to do some exploratory work for RockMelt features that exist further in the future. I can’t wait to see that come to fruition.

All the while, I got to chat with tons of really cool people in our demographic. They came in to try RockMelt and help us figure out which features were totally buggy, confusing or hey– just plain awesome. I did some other things too, none of which were mastering the Rubik’s cube.

Congratulations on launch, team. I’m so grateful to have worked on this browser with you. It’s hard to believe we were ever doing sprints in that little Palo Alto office. I can’t wait to see what comes next. I can only imagine–and re-imagine.

Nina Mehta is a writer and product design leader in Brooklyn, New York. She began her design career in journalism and has been writing online for 20+ years. Nina is from outside Chicago and has since lived and worked in San Francisco, Berlin, London, and Tokyo. Learn about Nina at ninamehta.com.

3 thoughts on “Hey Internet, check out RockMelt”

  1. Sidharth says:

    Congrats! I’m glad the internship worked out great for you!

  2. Nina says:

    Sidharth, thank you so much! I owe you the world, I had the greatest internship ever!

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