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It’s part 3 of our 5 part series on UX fundamentals laid out by Jakob Nielson: 10 Usability Heuristics for User Interface Design

If you missed part 1 & part 2, feel free to catch up after this episode. You won’t need to have heard the first two, but they cover 4 other important UX principles.

Today we will be discussing:

Error prevention
Even better than good error messages is a careful design which prevents a problem from occurring in the first place. Either eliminate error-prone conditions or check for them and present users with a confirmation option before they commit to the action.

Recognition rather than recall
Minimize the user’s memory load by making objects, actions, and options visible. The user should not have to remember information from one part of the dialogue to another. Instructions for use of the system should be visible or easily retrievable whenever appropriate.

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

Chris: @machinehuman

Jon: @DesignUXUI

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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!

MailChimp

 

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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.

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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Thank you everyone for listening to the show. Thanks to everyone who’s written to us, written comments, upvoted us, and shared the show with their friends! Once again, we need your help! We are always looking for ways to improve the show and make it more valuable (and entertaining!) to listen to each week. We want your feedback on the show, specifically the following:

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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

 

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!

 

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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If you would like to connect with us on Spotify here are our profile links:

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