Design Critique: Google Maps App

  Introduction Several years ago Google rebuilt their Google Maps App for iOS using the principles of Material Design, a design language based on the aesthetics of paper and ink but, can digitally expand and reform. With the reconfiguration of Google Maps, Google introduced Floating Action Buttons and Toolbars to handle many of the app’s …

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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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Design Critique: Samsung Smart TV Web Browser

Introduction The Samsung Smart TV is a television set that is intended to go beyond the conventional TV. It allows for video and music streaming, app based games, and also web browsing. This Critique will focus on the function of the Samsung Smart TV’s web browser app that allows users to connect to and browse …

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OpenStreetMap.org as a mobile service

Openstreetmap.org(OSM) is a GIS editor of Openstreetmap project that supports free geographical data service for all over the world. While the website has professional quality on its minimalistic interface, the mobile setting can be improved to deliver the better speed on data feedback and web security on the user environment.     OSM provides a …

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Design Critique: Spotify Connect (Iphone/OS X Yosemite)

(source www.clubic.com)   Introduction to Spotify Connect Spotify Connect is a feature that is described by Spotify that allows the user to “Play Spotify through your speakers, laptop or TV, using the Spotify app as a remote.” Specifically, I am examining the ability to use the Spotify Iphone app as a remote to control the Spotify …

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Design Critic: The Roundabout Theatre Company Website

  The Roundabout Theatre Group produces several Broadway and Off-Broadway shows every year. Though Roundabout also present events like education programs and workshops, rent their venues and accept donations, purchasing ticket and looking up show information are patrons’ most urgent need, and yet their website is not user-friendly in terms of these services. Problem 1: …

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Design Critique: RealClearPolitics.com (Accessed by Google Chrome)

Introducing the Real Clear Politics Website Real Clear Politics (realclearpolitics.com) is a website that aggregates links to news articles from a variety of other credible, online periodicals.  The links on Real Clear Politics are updated at least twice daily, with a Morning Update section and an Afternoon Update section.  The site is organized by days …

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Design Critique: Peapod.com Website

Peapod.com bills itself as “America’s leading internet grocer,” allowing its users to do their weekly shopping without having to step foot outside their door. Designed to mimic the store shopping experience, users “browse” the online aisles for typical grocery store goods and add purchases to their digital cart before scheduling either a home delivery or …

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Design Critique: Crestron TSW-1053 (with custom software)

Perhaps designed to do too much, this wall-mounted interface was customized to control all the audio/visual components, telephony, and lighting for a large conference room.  Attempting all-in-one simplicity, the device instead presents its users hodge-podge complexity. Two of its issues – and some solutions – are explored below. ISSUE: NAVIGATION Because the hardware provides a …

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Design Critique: silive.com (iPhone app)

  silive.com is a mobile news app of Staten Island’s local newspaper, the Staten Island Advance. The app allows users to “get the latest Staten Island news, weather, sports, jobs and entertainment info on [his or her] phone or tablet.” As a long-time resident of the borough, I have used this app a fair amount and …

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