TL;DR: Looking for people willing to share their bases with me.
I’m Don: I work in marketing at Airtable. And I’m looking for a few volunteers (6-8) who’d be willing to share their bases with me.
Specifically, I’m looking for anyone who educated themselves on Airtable and anyone who’s particularly proud of their base (this is your chance to show off a bit). If you’ve published a base to Airtable Universe feel free to share a link to your base there as well!
These bases will only be shared with other Airtable employees and won’t be shared with any third or external parties. I’ll share them internally with other marketers to help define what makes a good base (and how we can better educate our customers on building great bases).
It’s always nice when Airtable employees give us a peak into what’s happening behind the scenes.
Do you want people to simply share their bases with you, or will you be conducting interviews where the creators can explain why they are proud of their bases?
I have several bases that I’ve enjoyed crafting that use a few combinations of features that I’m proud of. The finished bases belong to clients and are not mine to share, but I have sample bases that show off the different individual components that I mix and match when creating a base.
I find that the most important parts of what makes a good base are
clean relational database design that reflects the actual data
views that support the desired workflows
integrations / code / automations
I find that part of the beauty of Airtable is its ability to have a base evolve. With a careful hand, a good database can become great as additional uses emerge. Unfortunately, it is also very easy for a good database to become unwieldly when people try to add features without fully understanding relational database design or Airtable’s features.
I hadn’t thought about conducting interviews, simply because I didn’t want to take up too much time. That being said, if people are willing, I’d love to grab 1/2 hour with them to walk me through their base. Would you be willing to both share your base and set up time with me?
I love what you said about the aspects of a good base, and your warning about the pitfalls of database design (an expertise I sorely lack).
For my Kombucha brewery, I’ve built a base in which we track clients, orders and also create invoices straight out of the base. I’m very proud of it and happy to showcase how I built the base and found creative ways of doing things (how to include multiple line items in one order, how to show € numbers correctly, how to do some basic analysis of how we’re doing as a business, etc.).