Design Critique: Transit (iPhone App)

Transit is a mobile app that provides directions for public transportation systems in over a hundred cities around the world. The app also allows users to subscribe to real-time updates for routes that they frequent. I’ll be critiquing the app from the standpoint of a user in New York City who only uses the subway.

The natural mapping

The home screen of the app shows the user’s GPS location on an interactive map with the closest routes listed underneath, sorted from nearest to furthest:

           

 

The action cycle is very clear throughout, bridging the Gulf of Execution and the Gulf of Evaluation by making the design simple yet comprehensive. Continue Reading »