The contract has been awarded on elance ,we have passed the first 3rd of milestones.There was a bit of confusion over the data base and a slight problem with feature creep where we had to reign in the developers and ourselves.
The developers had done similar things for desktop applications, and we got carried away by their added features and enthusiasm until we saw the first models and realised that alot of the features were pointless and distracting .
The product is designed to be used via a mobile device ie small screen and no one cares for most of the features which was one of our initial reasons for the development as we could not find a mobile version nor a plain no bells or whistles version of our product , we also had to to insist the developers use our design which they had assumed we had copied and had given it to them as a guide this was flattering and we were pleased that all the work we had done earlier in designing the ux interface (does this interface make me look phat) was worth it.
We are turning our minds to thinking of marketing and customer development approaches and realising the need for a technical cofounder going forwards
I am really loving the logo it has sort of developed since its initial appearance we have basically tweaked or modified it slightly each time its been used and it is really looking like a contender now .
elance has been brilliant , we have found it cost effective and the depth of expertise is impressive we plan to use it for most of our post prototype work customer dev , pr ,and marketing , as well as testing .