App Review Week 9

This week’s review will be on WoW Loot. The app is located on Google Play ( CLICK HERE.)

The app is  designed well for their designated target audience. They borrowed from the actual art of World Of Warcraft in their design to make it feel familiar to a long time player. The navigation is clearly set. Search for the item that you’re looking for and you can find ANY item in the game currently and it’s stats. Nothing in this app disappointed me. Perfect for touch screens and use on the go. As of yet this app has not let me down.

The flow of the design looks to be set clearly and well defined so that user can intuitively navigate it from the menu on the left side through the search bars OR go directly through the drop down menus presented.

Only show what I need when I need it, under Simplify My Life. In the short time I’ve used the app I’ve only seen what I need when I’ve needed it. No annoying popups, no odd changes in the streamlined usage. I was able to find every piece of armor that I remember my character having when I DID play the game. I would give this app a 10/10 if we were rating them.

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Flashfolio Tests – Project 4 APP TESTING

A recording of the first on screen/phone test  for Flashfolio can be seen at the following link or in the embedded image.
https://lookback.io/watch/dfnGeqJxSDgrqYcfi

https://embed.lookback.io/v1.1/?dfnGeqJxSDgrqYcfi

None of the 3 users had any problem with the app’s setup or navigation. All are seasoned Android phone users. The only current problem is that the app is not complete so obviously some features could not be tested or navigated to/from.

1) Tested navigation to and from the VIP button.
Pretty straight forward, though after visiting the VIP button there was no further navigation provided for the test.
2) Tested navigation dropdown button.
Results seemed to be intuitive. Testers were able to click on the word search in the hotspot set, and were led to the artist search screen.
3) Tested searching for an artist.
Within the artist search, again, results seemed to be intuitive for the testers. They were able to go through the basic screens of how one would find an artist in the database (that has made an artist profile) and to view their profile.
4) Tested viewing their art and enlarging a thumbnail.
From here, users were able to click on one of the artists pieces of art and enlarge it to take a better view of the piece.
5) Tested posting art.
As with the others, the users knew to simply follow the path being provided for them from the “post” button.
6) Tested “back” button to place you back on your previous screen.
The users generally didn’t touch the back button, as Samsung has included a built in back button on their phone (botton right) to be used in the event that an app doesn’t have the option built in. I might take away from this when applying this information to the furthering of production to eliminate the back button for Android phones and only insert it for Apple devices.

App Review Week 8

This week’s review will be on Spinrilla. The app is located on Google Play ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.madebyappolis.spinrilla&hl=en.)

The app is  designed well for their designated target audience. It appears as though they followed suit with the normal Android music app and mixed in some design marks from Pandora. The navigation is clearly set. Search for new music from your favorite artist or find a new artist to make your favorite! You can either stream their radio stations or you can download the full mixtapes to your account. The only thing I didn’t really like via this app is that the songs seem to download to your app and can’t be retrieved elsewhere in the phone, but you can still play them offline somehow. You could likely find the files via a windows connection though. Perfect for touch screens and use on the go. As of yet this app has not let me down.

The flow of the design looks to be set clearly and well defined so that user can intuitively navigate it from the menu on the left side through the search bars OR go directly to the radio stations.

Only show what I need when I need it, under Simplify My Life. In the short time I’ve used the app I’ve only seen what I need when I’ve needed it. No annoying popups, no odd changes in the streamlined usage.

Assignment 4

1)newsketches

2)Android 2.3.4 GUI PSD (High-Density) Version 1

3)

  • Font size, style, typography
    Font size will be 14sp. The font style will be Roboto, regular. 
  • Color palette
    My main color choices will be a black background to create a negative space for art to pop on. The fonts will be white, with the occasional red. Only three colors will be used. Black, White, And red.
  • Proportion and size: icon and button touch target sizes
    I plan for most of the icons to be oversized to allow for easier navigation. 65 pixels by 50 pixels, give or take. The menu that comes up from the left will give wide options (likely full screen width) and be about 45 pixels tall. The thought is fast and easy navigation via buttons and icons.
  • Include information on why you chose your menu navigation style (tab bar menu, slider menu, or other)
    I chose to go with a hierarchy navigation bar, set up to open other options from it to go where you’d like in the app, as to not clutter up the app with multiple icons when looking for each section of the app.

App Review Week 7

This week’s review will be on ZEDGE. The app is located on Google Play ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.zedge.android&hl=en.)

The design is perfect for their designated target audience. I wouldn’t make any changes. The navigation is clearly set. Search for the app/music/ringtone/background/game that you want and download it. You apply them directly to their designated place directly from the app. All aspects of navigation are perfect for touch screen devices. No design flaws that I’ve seen. As of yet this app has not let me down.

The flow of the design looks to be set clearly and well defined so that user can intuitively navigate it from the menu on the left side through the search bars and each type of application multimedia.

Make important things fast, under Make Me Amaz1ing. The setup of the app is in such a way that it starts at the MOST used  object of design, which is a text box within the menu to search for the ringtone or backdrop that you want. It gives you the full range of items from the searched term in each category.

App Review Week 6

This week’s review will be on Instasaver For Instagram. The app is located on Google Play ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skwirrl.instasaver&hl=en.)

The design is perfect for their designated target audience. The only possible change to the design would be to make an overlay that opens within or on top of Instagram itself, but the company (Now Facebook) doesn’t allow this for security reasons. The navigation is clearly set. Copy the share URL from IG, past it into Instasaver, download the content of the post. The only graphics are a simple instruction sheet to tell you how to use the app in IG. Simple and setup for when you need more content to post on your own social networking sites. All aspects of navigation are perfect for touch screen devices. No design flaws that I’ve seen. As of yet this app has not let me down.

The flow of the design looks to be set clearly and well defined so that user can intuitively navigate it.

Make important things fast, under Make Me Amaz1ing. The setup of the app is in such a way that it starts at the MOST used  object of design, which is a text box to past the URL into. Sho1rtly after it will show you the post’s data so you can download it directly to your phone to repost.