This week, Chris and Jon spend quite a while discussing Jon’s favorite subject, credit card forms! Along with that we go over some general tips on form design.

Below are the links we mentioned on the show if you’re interested in learning more.

We discussed how certain visual designs can help your form feel more secure based on information from the Baymard Institute.

Jon talked about the different types and levels of transactions.

At the end of the show, we mentioned a series of different links:

Luke Wroblewski’s book on form design

Brad Frost’s experimental credit card form

A very cool animated credit card form by Jesse Pollak

 

Anyway, there is a lot to talk about this week, so stick around! This is a good one!

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Chris: @MachineHuman

Jon and Chris wrap up this series on usability heuristics. Lots of good information about how to handle error messages and help documentation, and how important user assistance is to good design.

If you missed the previous episodes you can start at episode 1 of this series on Nielsen’s 10 Usability Heuristics.

Today we talk about 9 and 10!

Help users recognize, diagnose, and recover from errors
Error messages should be expressed in plain language (no codes), precisely indicate the problem, and constructively suggest a solution.

Help and documentation
Even though it is better if the system can be used without documentation, it may be necessary to provide help and documentation. Any such information should be easy to search, focused on the user’s task, list concrete steps to be carried out, and not be too large.

 

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Having good onboarding is critical to the success of your product. This week, Chris and Jon talk about onboarding! What is it? Why is it so important? Chris asked on Twitter what questions people have about it. So later in the show, we also answer those questions about what makes a good onboarding experience. Thanks to everyone that wrote in!

If you have more questions about onboarding, get in touch with us on Twitter! We may do another onboarding show in the future!

You can also just contact us via email on our Contact page. We are always happy to hear from you guys!

We discussed a bunch of different apps on this show. They are:

  • Carrot
  • Candy Crush
  • Jawbone Up
  • Sketch
  • Meerkat
  • Mailbox
  • Rooms

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This episode, Chris and Jon start a series of shows devoted to everyone’s favorite usability heuristics! If you never heard of these before, or if you heard of them and forgot about them, have a listen and refresh your brain! These principles in interaction design are critical to helping make your product successful. Later in the show, we talk about how different apps utilize these principles and whether or not they did them well.

The principles we are discussing:

10 Usability Heuristics for User Interface Design by Jakob Nielson

The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman

Google Analytics In Real Life

 

You can find Part 2 right here.

 

The apps are:

Jawbone Up https://appsto.re/us/8LlN2.i

Chris was less enthusiastic about this app as the poor onboarding (as of this post) made it really difficult to figure out what the app does. Needless to say, they didn’t apply Nielsen’s heuristics very well.

Breeze by FitnessKeeper https://appsto.re/us/TuMrX.i

As we were running out of time, Chris didn’t get too much of a chance to talk about this app. But it’s worth looking at simply because the language they use in the app matches the real world really well. The language is informal (not necessarily casual) but effective, and even works in concepts from the last show on playfulness!

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As always, we want to hear from you so leave your comments below! You can also reach us on Twitter:

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Jon: @DesignUXUI

So let us know what you think!

 

Jawbone

 

Breeze

 

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This week, Chris and Jon talk about how playfulness can help improve your UX. As an example of playfulness, we look at an app called Carrot; an app to help you track calories. It’s a fun episode, so listen in and stop being so serious!

Try Carrot out for yourself and tell us what you think.

This week, Chris and Jon take a look at a new app for investing, Acorns! We also bring on David Keegan, Director of Design at Acorns, and talk about the highs and lows of using the app plus interview him on working at Acorns. Stick around! You won’t want to miss this show!

Try Acorns yourself, download here

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Workflow is a new app, recently named an Editor’s Choice! Chris and Jon take a look at this new programmable automation tool for iOS and chat about onboarding and the user experience. Can this app improve on IFTTT? Listen and find out!

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We made it to episode 10!

This week Chris and Jon take a look at the past 10 weeks of shows and talk about what we learned from all the apps we’ve reviewed so far. Plus we briefly chat about a few of our personal favorites we didn’t get to cover!

 

Bonus: Personal favorite apps we didn’t get to cover

 

Chris:

1. Peak Brain Training

2. Duolingo

3. Unstuck

 

Jon:

1.  Couple

2. Waze

3. Goat Simulator

 

This week Chris and Jonathan take a look at Layervault, a new cloud storage solution for designers! And if that wasn’t cool enough, later in the show, Kelly Sutton, cofounder and CEO of Layervault, joins us for an amazing interview!

Check out Layervault

or Sign up for an account and try it out for yourself

 

Show Notes:
00:00:00 – Start!
00:00:53 – Show announcements, podcast business
00:02:12 – Show format
00:02:36 – Our expectations
00:06:50 – Onboarding
00:11:47 – The user experience
00:22:56 – How would we improve the UX?
00:27:58 – The presentation and aesthetics
00:29:47 – Animations in the product
00:33:16 – Did it align with our expectations?
00:35:54 – Keep or Delete?
00:38:34 – Wrapping up part 1
00:38:59 – Start of the interview with Kelly Sutton, cofounder and CEO of Layervault
00:39:17 – Kelly introduces himself
00:40:58 – Jon talks about reducing and minimalism in design
00:42:00 – Why did they make Layervault?
00:43:22 – How much collaboration was there in the beginning of Layervault?
00:44:55 – Was there any market research involved with initially creating Layervault?
00:49:29 – What part of the app are they most proud of from a design standpoint?
00:51:06 – What is the design process like at Layervault?
00:56:25 – How does Layervault decide when and how to remove features?
00:59:02 – Is it hard to tell the difference between a feature that people don’t like vs. one that needs more work?
01:00:04 – Our feedback
01:07:14 – When did they decide to create Designer News?
01:09:55 – What are the future plans for Designer News?
01:12:52 – What is coming out next for Layervault or Designer News?
01:13:58 – Wrapping it up!

Once again, huge thanks to Kelly Sutton at Layervault for coming on the show and talking with us about design!

 

This week, Chris and Jonathan get access to Ello!

We discuss the controversy around this product. We discuss the user experience. We discuss the visual presentation. We review it all!

Will we like it or hate it? Listen and find out!

 

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You can also listen to this episode on Soundcloud!

 

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