The Making of a Podcast App: User Testing

User testing is crucial to making sure the app is staying true to my user stories and is intuitive to use. Before I can begin the tests however, I need to create a test plan and script. This will make sure all my tests follow the same pattern, cover the same topics, and that I don’t […]

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The Making of a Podcast App: Style Guide

Now that I’ve created my wireframes and have a good understanding of the layout of my app, it’s important to develop a style guide. This will make sure all colors, fonts, and icons are consistent across the app. I originally started collecting my assets using Lingo. Then I made a more formal PDF as a […]

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The Making of a Podcast App: Wireframes

Wireframing is an excellent tool for making sure the layout and functionality of the app is in place before too much emphasis is placed on UI elements. This makes sure the structure of the app is in place so that the functionality isn’t eclipsed by the visual elements. To begin the process, I first started […]

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The Making of a Podcast App: User Flows

User flows are a way of testing the site structure after the card sorting. While it’s tempting to go directly into wireframing, it’s important to make sure the sitemap is easy to navigate and that nothing is missing. For example, where exactly should the option to “connect account to Facebook” actually appear? On the Sign […]

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The Making of a Podcast App: Card Sorting

Card sorting is an exercise where users sort tasks into groups. These are tasks the user would do while using the podcast app. This is helpful in developing the structure of the app while making sure the navigation and information is intuitive and understood by the user base. Card Sorting: Because the initial version of […]

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The Making of a Podcast App: User Stories

Now that I have an understanding of my user base, as well as a knowledge of what my users are looking for in a podcast app, it’s time to define the key features my MVP will include. Also, to help keep feature development focused, I will write out user stories. Key Features: Audio player (+/- […]

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The Making of a Podcast App: Personas and Empathy Maps

Personas and empathy maps are great tools to focus the functionality of a product to what the user actually wants while making sure user needs are at the forefront of all design decisions. Personas: Personas are a tool to keep product development focused and remind us who we’re actually building this app for. By putting […]

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The Making of a Podcast App: User research

When creating a product, it’s important to find out what users actually want from your product and what products already exist in the market. As a podcast listener I already have a few pain points I’m aware of:  Why is it so difficult to switch between episodes while I’m driving? Why is this “Unplayed” list […]

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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 […]

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Client: Dr. Radulescu MD

Dr. Radulescu is a child psychiatrist located in Dumont, NJ. She wanted a welcoming website to help her reach and manage new clients. The emphasis for the design is minimal, welcoming, and neutral. I developed the site for WordPress, making it easy for her to manage and edit the site herself. Skills: Photoshop, WordPress, HTML5, CSS3 […]

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