Zillow is an online real estate database, which aggregates content from multiple listing services across the United States and Canada. Users may search the site for home rentals, sales, auctions, and foreclosures. Features of the site include the ability to save searches with multiple criteria, save favorites homes, and share these favorites with others.… Continue Reading »
The NYC Ferry mobile app provides riders a “green”, on-the-go, alternative to purchasing and activating e-tickets and passes. The mobile app also provides maps and schedules, as well as real-time notifications and service alerts. Users have options to purchase a one-way with or without a bike, or a 30-day pass with or without a bike, which are valid up to one year from the time of purchase.… Continue Reading »
Weddings are highly sensory, emotional experiences, loaded with expectations. My niece got married on Sept. 8 in front of a small group of friends and family who were gathered together by phone calls, texts, US Postal invitations, email follow ups and a website. The website, Elizabeth & Ryan (Figures 1,2), a sub-site of withjoy.com, conveys the couple’s sensitivity to their needs of its guests along with the couple’s desire to host an inexpensive, low-maintenance wedding that is also a memorable celebration.… Continue Reading »
Origamispirit.com delivers a successful user experience, clearly identifying it as a passion-pursuit website by Leyla Torres aimed at teaching and sharing the joys of origami. There’s room for improvement, but even as is, orgamispirit.com provides an enjoyable experience that makes users want to return.
Origamispirit.com clearly understands its users, which, according to Jesse James Garrett* in The Elements of User Experiences, is the core discipline of information architecture.… Continue Reading »
Goodreads.com is a site that allows users to keep track of books they have read as well as books they want to read. It also allows them to see what their friends are reading and offers the user recommendations to other titles based on what they have already read. Goodreads is also available as an app for phones and tablets, with the iOS version is what I plan to critique.… Continue Reading »
Discovering music has never been easier now that people can carry millions of songs in their pockets using apps like Spotify, a digital streaming service that allows users to search, discover and play songs. Although Spotify’s iOS app can be used effectively, it has room to improve its usability and discoverability.
Spotify’s song-specific menus give users good discoverability through mapping and effective feedback.… Continue Reading »
Medium is an online publishing platform launched in August 2012, having a mass of amateur and professional people and publications writing blog posts on it. The clean design quickly differentiates it from other publishing platforms and aggregates many professionals. This article is going to assess the design of medium IOS app using Don Norman’s concepts and principles in his book: The Design of Everyday Things.… Continue Reading »
IMDb or Internet Movie Database is a popular online database of information related to movies, TV shows, video games, awards, and events. The database comprises of information on production crew and cast, summaries, synopses, reviews and ratings, which millions of registered users consume daily. As per Google Play Store, there are over 100 million users of the app on the Android platform!… Continue Reading »
Splitwise is an IOU managing application providing its users a hassle free method of splitting their expenses with family and friends. This cloud-based application eliminates the need to keep paper bills and helps in keeping a track of your debts in a simple ledger format.
Based in Rhode Island, Splitwise makes the life easier as it lets the users pay their debts via PayPal or Venmo.… Continue Reading »
Photo 1: My Books Screen
This design critique is for the mobile iPhone application for Goodreads.com. Goodreads is a site that helps users keep track of which books they have read and those they want to read. This critique focuses on four different attributes of the app: the scanning feature, the search function, the “want-to-read” button, and duplicate editions.… Continue Reading »