The Making of a Podcast App: Introduction

User experience design is quite an expansive topic.  As a visual designer, I have mainly had dealings with the user interface and visual design aspects. However, there is so much more that goes into creating a product. It’s important to make sure the user’s needs are met at each step of the design process. Building a product is not just about making a cool looking app, or having fancy animations between webpages, it’s about building a product people enjoy using. A product that fills a users need or address pain points in their daily interactions with technology.

In order to get more in tuned with this process, I am building an app. To help myself figure out what type of product I wanted to create, I started paying a lot more attention to how I interact with my phone and my computer. What apps and websites I use the most, least, etc. I finally settled on designing a podcast app and here’s why:

  1. I love podcasts and listen to them on a pretty frequent basis.
  2. Apple’s Podcasts is a pretty great app, but there are aspects of it that annoy me to the point of me shaking my phone on occasion.
  3. I thought it would be fun.

This is the first in a series of posts in which I will be exploring all the aspects of user experience design. First stop? User Research.