Smile for the Cameras

Chris Chowaniec, photographer

By Jennifer Morehead

The Lockboxer concept is a new take on old ways of managing your stuff. Selling things isn’t new. Making a donation of your things isn’t new. But the concept of pulling a list of items together and then being able to manage your stuff from one place is new. When we first started designing the Lockboxer site we did it all without pictures and realized there is a good reason we all know the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Because it’s true.

There is limited space on a website for words and we’re forecasting even more limited patience from our beloved users to read all those words. We wanted to highlight pictures of things that would resonate with our users, making them think, “Oh yeah, I have one of those at home.” We also wanted to take some pictures of situations where you would use Lockboxer. We will slowly be incorporating these pictures into the website as it evolves and as we get feedback from everyone.

My good friend from college, Chris Chowaniec, volunteered to help out. Chris is a fantastic photographer who does both commercial and lifestyle photography. His studio is Davlin Court Photography.

We converted my sons’ playroom into a temporary photo studio (if you look closely in the picture you’ll see play-area fencing near the windows). We had Lockboxer team members stop in throughout the day to get their photos taken. Our incredible babysitter, Hannah Smith, who’s about to start her graduate studies in psychology at Northwestern University, said she’d be willing to model (or was it me insisting?). And Prescott Tolk, a well-known comedian, came by to lend his funny perspective on people and their stuff.

We hope you like the photos and as always, we welcome your feedback.

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What is Lockboxer?

By Ionut Trestian

When Sergey Brin and Larry Page started Google back in 1998 the stated mission of the new established company was in “organizing the world’s information.” The last decade clearly belonged to them as Google has been widely successful at doing so.

At Lockboxer we feel that although web companies have had a great influence on people’s lives by helping them organize digital information, optimize daily activities, enhance their social experience, several aspects have widely been overlooked. Lockboxer is aimed at filling a particular niche as we think that when users take the jump into the web they shouldn’t leave their material life behind. In our vision, users will be able to use Lockboxer to store information about their material items: electronic devices such as TVs and laptops, luxury items such as jewelry and perfumes, clothing items such as jackets, shirts etc. Such lists would have multiple uses: wish lists, donation lists, inventories for insurance purposes.

Before Lockboxer, users would craft their own cumbersome solutions to keep these inventories of their items. Such solutions would often involve spreadsheets or text documents that users store on their own computers or in cloud storage. This is far from perfect as spreadsheets and word documents don’t offer any specific functionality targeted at storing information about user items. It is also hard to integrate them with services such as eBay that users might want to use to sell their items. Second, using cloud storage provides only the reliability that comes from heavy replication and would again not offer any of the flexibility provided by Lockboxer. Lockboxer also provides this reliability by storing the user information in cloud storage.

Lockboxer is easy to use. By constant interaction with our users, we constructed an intuitive interface that helps users price their items, input all required information, and link to valuable services like eBay.

Finally, building on the past experiences of our team, we are committed to providing our users with the most complete and satisfying website experience by addressing issues of usability security, and seamless integration with popular services, platforms, and devices.