What happened?

Well well well… here we go again, something happened, and we were quite silent about it during the summer. You might’ve thought, we just don’t care enough to keep you updated but trust me, that's not the case. We’ve been working harder than ever before. As the summer went by, we slowly laid down the foundations of our design system, communication, and overall vision. Why did we do so?

Since the beginning of our journey, we wanted to build a platform that is capable of serving students and teachers by providing features for online education we crave so much nowadays: collaboration in real-time, social interactions, likes, fast-paced communication and an environment nurturing talent, individualism, and sharing. This, however, requires firm and stable running infrastructure for our software. We didn’t want to bring you prototypes, ugly designs, imperfection, and disappointment. Others might say, the design doesn’t matter, it just has to work, it just has to be there. Sadly the same mentality brought education to the same exact situation, and we don’t want that. Bad design is exactly what makes students miserable, rigid structures, boring classes, horrible lectures and slides, and zero effort into creating a scalable, quality education that is available online, even if you don’t feel like going to a class, because that’s what the 21th century’s education needs to look like.

Bad user experience happens the day you get your official letter of acceptance, from the moment you log into Neptun trying to figure out where to click, go to you first boring class, and then a thousand boring ones.

Then you start using Moodle and ask the question: Is this really the best we can have? Is this 2019’s best way of helping me with my education? Do we really use GoogleDrives and Facebook and think this is a normal thing to do? Do we still think that there isn’t any more to learning and studying? If we pay thousands of dollars of tuition, why do we buy online courses, ask Google all the time, and search Wikipedia for everything? Why do we have books then? How are we supposed to find what’s meaningful, what’s relevant, what’s great, and what feels good to look at, and to use and absorb? So no… we didn’t put up with bringing you bad user experience, just to have working things. That goes against our beliefs about education, that’s what we are trying to fight here.

Laying the foundations of our evergreen design, we brought you the first visual part of our platform by launching our new landing page for Cogito. It communicates our values, involves you and calls you to act! You might look at our new logo now, and those who pay attention to the smallest details can figure out that the lines are not coincidentally the way they are. Our previous one was a note folded in half but then we thought that Cogito’s mission is to aggregate the ever-growing amount of information into one big database of reliable study materials and that we need to show that with our logo.

Hmm… aggregating data, maybe the same way a paperclip as in our new logo, would hold together the sheets of papers, to single-handedly contain the knowledge you need, anytime, anywhere, on-demand. Keeping things together, filtering information, promoting collaboration and the constant connection with knowledge are the fundamental values we associate ourselves with, values and goals that are the challenges of modern education, that we need solved, and we need it now! Not only the logo changed, but our colors, our icons, and layout too! We’ve felt that the previous design is somewhat too clean, so we made it a bit dirtier, we added fun elements, small details that give the platform it’s playful, friendly, familiar and informal looks.

During this fall we’ll start bringing the real functionalities with the new layout and experience, with updated functionalities finally reaching the working real-time collaborative features of Cogito. Everything will work like bricks of legos, and now it’s our time to put the pieces together, whatever feature we want to bring to you. This will enhance our development capabilities and increase the pace as well. Would you like to see the inner workings of it for yourself? Luckily enough our project is open-source thus available for anyone at our repository on GitHub! If you’d be interested in helping out with the development, feel free to leave us a message on Facebook.

The process wasn’t easy. It took a lot of design thinking, engineering, serious discussion and a huge team effort from all of us. These things take a lot of trials, and a lot of errors, it’s hard, because this isn’t something you do every day. This is like bringing life into existence, and now we did that. So please enjoy, and let us know what you think of the end result! Keep tuned in, because now that the semester started we won’t stop coming out with news, faster than we did before!

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