Technologies malfunction, they break, they face errors and sometimes act unpredictability. Be My Eyes is an application that can help visually impaired users by connecting them to sighted users in real-time to assist them when technologies like screen-readers cannot.… 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 »
Calm is an app that aims to reduce anxiety and stress through guided meditations, nature sounds, and sleep stories. A wide range of preferences are accommodated: hurried users can quickly launch a 10-minute “Daily Calm,” while users seeking specificity can pursue 30-day programs centered around a particular theme. Named Apple’s 2017 App of the Year on iPhone, a staggering 5-10 million users have downloaded the app.… 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 »
Splitwise (version 4.4.12 for iOS 9.0 or later) is an Apple iPhone application designed to “split bills and expenses the easy way.” This app functions as a bill splitting and record-keeping tool for roommates, friends, or any group of individuals with shared or borrowed expenses. Splitwise provides an appealing and simple digital interface that makes bill creation quick and easy but requires some additional work to be an effective record-keeping app for bills.… 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 »
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.
The scanning feature is a feature on the app that utilizes the iPhone’s camera to scan a book’s ISBN number.… Continue Reading »