Housecat is a decentralized crypto investing platform, where everyone can subscribe to actively managed, diversified crypto portfolios with just a few clicks.
Crypto presents an opportunity to invest in the next big technology stories of our time, but investing in this emerging asset class can be exhausting, requiring constantly to follow the space and active portfolio management in order to maximize the returns. For many people, managing their own, diversified cryptocurrency portfolio is simply not possible due to the time commitment required and the knowledge necessary to be successful.
Housecat is a decentralized crypto investing platform that allows users to subscribe to portfolios managed by other investors. On the other hand, it enables people with expertise in crypto investing to build a following and generate income by sharing their portfolio, which they already manage, with Housecat only automatically mirroring the trades in the background.
As a Co-Founder and Designer at Housecat, my role was everything from designing the actual service experience, to creative direction of the brand and producing assets from pitch decks to video ads.
We set out to create a platform that would be appealing to both experienced crypto investors with non-custodial wallets such as MetaMask, but also for people new to the space.
We started by mapping out the customer journey, from signing up to subscribing to a portfolio. This allowed us to identify key areas with friction and focus on features that would make the experience as smooth and intuitive as possible. Creating a non-custodial crypto wallet in the background and integrating smooth onramps for fiat currency were some of the design challenges we tackled along the way.
The end result is a platform that is both easy to use for the first time investor and enough features that more experienced crypto investors need.
The design of the Housecat brand was heavily inspired by the playfulness in the crypto space. We wanted to create a brand that would feel approachable, while still conveying the feeling that the service can be trusted with your savings. The original visual identity was designed by Taru Sutinen.
The design process for Housecat was a great opportunity to get to know the web3 space and the various design challenges and opportunities that come with it. Beyond the hype and noise, I genuinely believe that decentralized applications have the potential to change how we interact with the internet and design will play a big role in making them accessible for mainstream users.
I'm currently writing a blog post that dives deeper in what it means to be a designer in web3, where conventions are still being established and new concepts emerge often. It's no exaggeration to say that it's one the most interesting developments I've faced so far in my career.
The design of Housecat is an ongoing process and we're constantly iterating based on feedback from users. In the future, we're planning grow the platform to include more features such as social interaction and ways to discover new portfolio managers, things that our early users have requested.
For portfolio managers, we hope to integrate as many as possible DeFi protocols and tokens to provide more ways to generate returns for the people that follow them.