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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!

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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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It’s part 2 of our 5 part series on UX fundamentals laid out by Jakob Nielson.

If you missed part 1, you can find it here.

User control and freedom

Users often choose system functions by mistake and will need a clearly marked “emergency exit” to leave the unwanted state without having to go through an extended dialogue. Support undo and redo.

Consistency and standards

Users should not have to wonder whether different words, situations, or actions mean the same thing. Follow platform conventions.

10 Usability Heuristics for User Interface Design by Jakob Nielson

The apps are:

Webflow

Carousel by Dropbox

 

Chris’ Project: Designers and Shoes

Jonathan’s Book: Tragic Design 

 

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

Chris: @machinehuman

Jon: @DesignUXUI

So let us know what you think!

 

 

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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

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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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We are back from the holiday break to review another design tool everyone has been talking about. Chris dives in and gives us a review of its design, from the good UX to what could be improved.

Affinity Designer is a tool similar to Adobe’s illustrator, a vector based graphic creation software.

This we we are trying something totally new! We are including a video of the app, so you have the option to follow along and see all the sweet details, animations, etc. that are part of the apps we review. We will still include an audio only version and if you subscribe via our podcast feed, nothing will change for you.

At the time of this post, Affinity Designer is 20% off! Get it now while you can!

 

 

 

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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This week, Chris and Jon try out Sketch by Bohemian Coding. It’s a tool that many designers are already using, but can it really replace Photoshop? Listen and find out!

Download Sketch Here!

 

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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

 

Webflow is a front-end design tool that allows you build custom websites visually.

Jon and Chris consider if a “WYSIWYG” tool is good enough to be a viable alternative to coding, and prototyping. They also debate if such tools are the future of design.

 

Note: Webflow has offered Design Review listeners a special 2 month’s free offer ( or 20$ off for 2 months if you want the bigger plans)

Just sign up, and enter the code when you upgradefanimals202 (Limted to the first 100 people)

Correction: Chris recorded the promo at the end of the show without realizing the promo code had changed. So make sure you use fanimals202 when you sign up.

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