StoriesOnBoard looks like an incredible product planning tool for agile teams to use when backlogging user stories and features. Even if your team isn’t agile, if you’re on a product and working across teams to address a functional specification, this tool can be immensely helpful. Watch the video to see how robust the features are – just amazing!
I highly recommend this Medium piece by Arthur Bodolec, Design co-founder at feedly, discussing how the Material Design UX workshop at Google helped his feedly team think about their application in some new ways. Incidentally, the foundation of feedly was based in material (cards) already – but it’s later in the piece where Bodolec addresses colors and imagery, that the real innovation creeps out. Subtle but powerful before and after pictures included.
Piper is an amazing little hacker toolbox based on a Raspberry Pi that shows you how to build electronics by playing Minecraft. Coming soon to Kickstarter so get ready to support!
You know about Tinybop, right? They make beautiful apps for kids, and their “Loves” section on the website links to oodles of other wonderful things (books, apps, games, etc.) that you will absolutely love. I don’t have enough time to even try all the wonderful things I’ve found there with my kids.
They have three amazing apps of their own: Plants, Homes, and The Human Body. All three are wonderful, but if you haven’t tried The Human Body yet, do it soon because at the moment, proceeds from the download are going directly to (RED)’s fight against AIDS. You probably can’t do a better job spending $2.99 anywhere else this week. Get to it!
Brilliant. Best of luck (not that they need it) to these savvy folks: Wildcard.
Slack re-imagines the way team members communicate in a lovely, efficient way. I’m into it (particularly the channels option, allowing you to follow conversations on different project types) and am looking forward to trying to get on board.
“It’s becoming quite apparent to us that the world of playing the perfect music to people and the world of playing perfect advertising to them are strikingly similar,” says Eric Bieschke, Pandora’s chief scientist.
The original Netflix prediction algorithm — the one which guessed how much you’d like a movie based on your ratings of other movies — was an amazing piece of computer technology, precisely because it managed to find things you didn’t know that you’d love. More than once I would order a movie based on a high predicted rating, and despite the fact that I would never normally think to watch it — and every time it turned out to be great. The next generation of Netflix personalization, by contrast, ratchets the sophistication down a few dozen notches: at this point, it’s just saying “well, you watched one of these Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life, here’s a bunch more”.
Noisli is a beautiful web app that simply offers a variety of high quality sounds to relax to. Wonderful if you’re on the go, or if you’re not into trying many of the apps offered in the store that are a couple of dollars with no promise of quality. Highly recommended!
Uh, so this is a really big deal and my husband is going to only be partly insulted when he receives it this holiday. Tile App locates “laptops, wallets, keys, guitars, bikes, you name it. Just attach the Tile on to an object and locate it with the included app, it allows you to check how close you are to the missing item, within a 50 to 150-foot range. You can monitor up to ten Tiles on your smartphone.” They also happened to make a really great video to show how it works which you can watch over at Bless This Stuff.
UX Archive logs screenshots of various apps performing their functions, and enables users to browse and easily view how they each handle certain protocols. Categories like Onboarding, Searching, Reading, Purchasing and Creating enable designers to make connections between what works and what might not, and to really synthesize the different experiences across various apps. All this information allows the most information possible to advise those of us working on new projects, and as more screenshots filter into the archive, the better off we’ll all be!