Rember

Between my job and my personal life, I use a few devices – a work laptop, a personal laptop, a phone and a tablet. Sometimes I find something on the internet I want to return to later on another device. I could just bookmark it, but I'm weird with bookmarks, I don't like long dropdown menus with lots of nested folders, it gets messy.

I wanted a website where I could store links and access them anywhere at any time. Something browser-agnostic, no syncing required. Something really simple. So I decided to create it myself, for myself.

The flow would be simple: paste a link (or enter the URL), choose a title and, optionally, an image and save. But the more links I add, the more necessary it would be to organise them, so it needed folders too.

Dashboard

Rember (imagine 'remember' but spelt by a toddler) was born in 2016.

Initially, the tool was pretty humble, afterall, it was just for me and my weird niche bookmark use case, but it wouldn't be long before my colleagues took notice of it.

It was during the phase in a project where you're researching on the internet and gathering inspiration that Rember found another use case: a collaborative, organised repository of project related links. So I got to adding collaborative features to the interface.

Adding a webpage to Rember

Not long thereafter, the whole design team was using Rember, and while there were no shortage of tools out there that could do what Rember was doing, it was the simplicity that made it our go-to tool. At our company, we had access to InVision Freehand and Miro, but neither are easy to just open and find something you saved a week ago. With Rember, you simply pasted a link, the tool scraped the website and found a title and image, you selected a board and you were done. Anyone else on the project were added as collaborators and could open the links you added.

Chrome extension

To make saving websites even simpler, I developed a Chrome extension so users could save websites without leaving the page they were on.

Rember is accessible only by invitation at this stage. But it's still evolving and those that use it, really enjoy it.