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!

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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!

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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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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!

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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!

 

Spotify has given their iPad app a fresh new look, so Chris and Jonathan dive in to give it, and the iPhone app, a Design Review.

Spotify is a leader in the music listening space with millions of listeners. The app has to cover a lot of content, but that content is rich, so we dissect what they did right, and what they could have done better.

Get the iPhone + iPad Spotify app here

Here is the Beats App Jon talked about (great onboarding experience)

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This week Jonathan wasn’t able to join the podcast but Chris hold down the fort with a great review of the new app from Facebook called “Rooms”

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Google has launched a new email product called “Inbox”, which has a web version and mobile apps on iOS and Android. The main idea behind Inbox is a card based UI, grouping, and task management for email.

Chris and Jonathan take a look and review the design of the web and mobile versions, listen and find out what we liked, and what we didn’t and most important what we learned about design.

Wanna try Inbox for yourself? We do have some invites left, but the way it’ll work is the first listeners who are subscribed to our email list (look on the top right of the page) and tweet out the link to this episode will get one of our invites. We’ll do it for as long as we have invites left! Click here for a pre-written Tweet, or write your own and tag @DR_Podcast! Best of luck to everyone participating!

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Inbox Main Site

Inbox iOS App

Inbox Android App

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