Research App Design:
Research App design and explain how this has changed and developed since the start of smartphone based computing. Explain how interactive media authoring has changed since the invention of interactive systems e.g. why have CD-Roms and DVD players become obsolete?
Interactive media and systems have taken over CDs and DVD players because it is easier to have all sorts of data, music, videos etc all in one place rather than expensive DVD players and CD cases as they can take up a lot of space, especially if you like a lot of music by many artists. It is also a lot easier to download content straight from sights like itunes than uploading the contents of the DVD/CD onto your computer which may be corrupted in which case you will not be able to use them anyway.
Research 5 well-designed apps and then investigate 3 poorly design apps. -Discuss their formal elements, usability experience, design for purpose and interactivity/control.
Investigate how the App design is defined by its function and application, interactivity and UI, visual and interactive assets, exchange of data and how the App is authored. Consider what is wireframing, prototyping UI and UX Design.
Include images in the form of moodboards that show the different elements of an App
e.g. buttons and interactivity (rollovers and visual cues), events and effects specific to phone/mobile technology.
Well designed apps-
In this app you can edit and collage pictures as well as edit them in many different ways with filters, text, stickers etc.
Replika is an AI app that helps you keep track of how your days are going, helps you learn about yourself and your personality and learns more and more about you the more you talk to it, remembering things that you like to do, remembering your parents/ significant other’s names and asking about them, and acting as if you were messaging a real life friend.
Pinterest is a useful app where you can gather all your ideas in one place on different boards to help keep you inspired. It also customizes itself with giving you new boards and pins to try everyday, and the more you save, it also gives you similar ideas to try to keep you inspired and give you similar ideas to try that you might not have thought of.
Citymapper is a very useful app which helps you plan your destinations and gives you directions on where you need to go- as well as letting you plan what time you need to arrive by which gives you suggestions on when to leave, the many different routes to get there and how much it’ll cost if travelling by public transport- as well as any works or delays on the train/tube.
Cosplanner is an app that helps you plan out costumes for going to conventions, letting you list components such as whether you need to make or buy things, gather reference images and has a function to see all the notes you’ve made on the particular character to see how much it would all cost as well as how much of it you’ve completed based on the information that you’ve put into it.
Badly designed apps-
This app doesn’t ever load pictures properly, crashes most of the time when you try to post something and in general is fairly frustrating to use. It also never notifies you when someone you follow posts something new if you have it set up to show notifications. It’s new ‘safe mode’ also blocks anything that is deemed ‘not safe’ which you can never turn off until you’re 18, even if the post is completely safe.
In my personal experience I’ve had lots of problems with the app crashing at random points, and in essence to be able to talk to anyone on your facebook, you have to download the app. It crashes a lot, the chat heads close randomly when you’re in the middle of typing which you’ll have to go properly onto the app to be able to rewrite what you were trying to type, and also does this whenever you try to watch videos someone has sent you. It’s a very plain app but does lag if there’s any gifs or pictures, or crashes all together if you try to scroll back too far in messages.
Snapchat is a very confusing app in which it doesn’t really teach you all the buttons on the menu, just icons that they expect you to know how to use and has gotten a great deal many more ads in the past years.