Design Critique: Weather Channel (iPhone app, V7.2.1)

This mobile application from the Weather Channel provides users with accurate and up to the minute information. The application also goes beyond basic weather reports, featuring video clips of breaking weather news and broadcasted segments from Weather Channel programs, as well as seasonal tools (i.e. road conditions, local pollen and flu reports, etc.). Issue 1: …

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Design Critique: Council Central (New York Life Agency Portal)

Introduction Council Central is where the company’s 10,000 sales people can find all information on how to qualify for a sales Council meeting, where each meeting is held, registration and access to presentations post-meeting. It also contains promotional information on the location and activities. The initial launch was well received by the sales force and …

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Design Critique: SiriusXM iPhone Application

Introduction With the prevalence of radio streaming applications today it’s important to have a solid design, to afford users a pleasurable experience. SiriusXM is one such radio streaming application. The application is intended to allow SiriusXM subscribers to access SiriusXM content, that they would normally access via their car radio, on their smart phone. While …

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Design Critique: the new Apple TV (4th generation)

Introduction Apple has long been a company praised for their innovative, design-forward, intuitive technology products. I have long been an admirer and user of their products since I was seven years old. I even worked for the Apple Store for over three years and gained more knowledge of how and why certain products where designed …

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Design Critique: Microsoft Excel 2016

Introduction Microsoft Excel is one of the most ubiquitous computer applications in today’s corporate world.  Fundamentally, it is a spreadsheet program, designed to enable the user to arrange and organize data into tables, to manipulate that data, and to create various reports and analyses based on the data.  Here I review Excel 2016, running in …

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Design Critique: Zillow Rentals (iPhone app)

  Introduction to Zillow Rentals Zillow Rentals is a mobile application (with website support) for searching homes and apartments for rent by location. One could view rental listings and also apply filter for listings that fits the budget, rooms, area and needs such as in-unit laundry, on-site parking and schools. You can connect with the …

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