I always find it interesting to think about or predict where the web is heading. In my opinion, the main traits that will make apps prosperous in the near future are accessibility and usability, whatever that means technologically — cloud-based data, big data, mobile responsiveness, etc.
Today, I wanted to share some unique services with you, which in my opinion, provide insight into what makes for great UX (user experience) design. More specifically, the aesthetic aspects of UX that make an app easy-to-use, accessible, and useful.
Once upon a time, a very pretty service named Pinterest met a charming service called Delicious. If you ever wondered what a child between the two would look like – take a look at ChannelKit
It’s well-designed and simplistic, easy-to-use, and extremely useful. ChannelKit stores and organizes your bookmarks visually. Plus, you can share channels publicly, embed them on blogs, or email them to your community.
There have been numerous attempts to create a strong bookmark storing service since Delicious stopped providing solid UX, but ChannelKit stands out in my mind because of its innovative approach to user experience.
As a female product owner, I also love to check out how Nina Zavrieva
, Lara Simonova
, and Lisa Oreshkina
(the amazing founders and designers behind this project) creatively showcase the best public channels published on the Kit.
Do you like to generate ideas and organize them instantly? Do you also like to be able to analyze and collaborate when you’re brainstorming? If yes, then you should try Coggle
This service takes mindmaps and displays them in an aesthetically pleasing (think Japanese cuisine) and functional way. This is the easiest mind-mapping service I’ve ever had the pleasure to test out, and as a designer, I personally applaud the absence of visual clutter here.
I like Think Gaming
for so many reasons, but these are the big ones. It’s pretty, it’s packed with big market data and figures, and it’s a great example of a well-done dashboard design. Behold, game developers!
If you’re a geek like me, and even if you’re not geeky at all, you’ll love this one. IFTTT
(rhymes with “drift” and short for “If This Then That”) allows you to create simple sequences of actions that connect the functionality of multiple services into a single string. If this
happens, then do that
: “If the President signs a new law, then send me an SMS”.
This is the type of service I love because there’s endless possibilities! For example, I’ve started using a recipe that posts a quick note to my Facebook profile every time I upload a new photo on Instagram, which asks my friends to check out my photo (and decide whether I’m a hipster or not). It’s a simple service to set up and easy-to-use. One of my favorites.
It’s spring! Time to start listing to guitar and gazing up at the stars. Developed at the Chrome Workshop sandbox, 100,000 Stars
displays our Solar System and nearby stars accurate proportion to our location with interesting facts interspersed throughout the experience. Beautiful.
Zee Kulsariyeva is the product owner and UX designer at FlowReader. Her favorite party trick: She can name and differentiate between 30-50 shades of green. Check out more of her work at www.80211.cc.