Design Critique: Uniqlo APP (IOS application)


Uniqlo is a popular casual apparel brand, they recently developed an APP to support their online retailing market.  As most functions of the app directly linked to their responsive web so that it can complete their basic goals–purchase items online, generate guests’ own digital barcode of their member accounts, get coupons and alerts, etc.

However, the APP still needs some improvements regarding the user experience.Continue Reading »

Design Critique: Net Art Anthology (Microsite)

 Figure (a). General screenshot


Rhizome, the New Museum-affiliated born-digital art organization behind Net Art Anthology, describes this dedicated microsite as a “two-year online exhibition presenting 100 works of restored and re-performed net art” [1]. Since its launch in October 2016, Net Art Anthology aims to restage and contextualize one project each week by uploading original or emulation-based artwork, essays, and primary source documents to the site.Continue Reading »

The iPhone’s Keyboard: Pros and Cons

iOS’s keyboard, as one of the most commonly used keyboard, is a very well, fully developed keyboard system. It supports numerous of languages (including more than 2,500 emojis) and variety of layouts, and can smartly auto-correct the text in most cases.

iPhone Keyboard in different settings.

( Left to right: English, QWERTY; Chinese (Simplified), 10 keys; Chinese (Traditional), QWERTY; Emoji )

Note: This critique focuses on iOS’s keyboard, and the research is based on iOS 11.2.5 that runs on an iPhone 6s.Continue Reading »

Design Critique: OpenTable (Mobile App)

Founded in 1998, OpenTable is a web service that allows users to book restaurant reservations online. Through their website and mobile app, users can view restaurant menus, reviews, photos and earn reward points through using the platform to make reservations. Based in San Francisco, this free service has expanded to include restaurants throughout the United States and now offers its services globally in countries such as Canada, Mexico, Japan and the United Kingdom.… Continue Reading »

Design Critique: MTA eTix (Android app)

Launched in the summer of 2016, MTA eTix is a free mobile app that allows users to purchase tickets for the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North directly through their own mobile device. This app aims at eliminating unfortunate events that commuters struggle with on a normal basis, such as losing tickets or missing trains due to long lines at the ticket machines.… Continue Reading »

Design Critique: Crunchyroll (Android App)


Crunchyroll is an American licensing company and online community that serves as an online streaming service for Japanese Anime and Asian media. Originally founded by a group of University of California, Berkeley graduates in 2006, Crunchyroll’s distribution channel serves over 23 million online community members worldwide. While the full website offers greater scope of content, the mobile application grants users the ability to execute the company’s core function of online streaming.… Continue Reading »

Design Critique: Cash (iPhone–iOS application)

Cash application logo


Square Cash, known simply as Cash on iPhone iOS, is a service that allows US debit card users to send and receive payments in US dollars. Users do not necessarily create an account with a username. Instead, new users are prompted to enter their existing debit card information and email address. Cash will pull debits from and push credits to the bank account tied to the debit card.Continue Reading »