Analyzing Design

This analysis of 5 product websites I currently use or have used is a part of my studies for DesignLab’s UX Academy.

Bloglovin’

Bloglovin’ is a tool for keeping up with your favorite blogs. Add any blog you want to follow and you will get all of their new posts on one feed.

Above is a screenshot of my actual feed. The site is very clean, with minimal color to allow the photos from each blog shine through. The main reason why I use and continue to use Bloglovin’ is its functionality. It keeps all of the blogs I follow organized. Instead of having to visit multiple sites every day, I am able to just open one site and have all of the new posts at the top ready for me to read. I am able to categorize every blog into groups (fashion, lifestyle, beauty, or food). The feed is also customizable. You can sort by newest first or oldest first. You can have each post in a grid view or in a list, either with small images or with large images. You can also browse for new blogs to follow with the search bar at the top or by clicking on one of the categories underneath the search bar.

Influenster

Influenster is a product review site that goes beyond just product reviews. Not only does it boast a community of 3 million users who provide product reviews, but also its users are able to receive products for free to test out and review.

Influenster’s main page reads like a blog. Here, you can browse trending topics and read articles, or you can search for reviews on products you are interested in. You can even ask or answer questions about a product or start writing reviews on products you’ve used or tried. You can participate in “campaigns”, or contests, to win free products. Basically, the more involved you are with Influenster, the more chances you have at winning a “VoxBox”, which are filled with free products for you to test out

Navigating Influenster is pretty seamless. By clicking on my profile, I am able to view all the reviews I have written and see any current campaigns that are going on. The site is colorful to draw your attention into discovering new products.

Youtube

The ultimate database of videos on anything you can imagine, from music videos, product reviews, makeup tutorials, etc.

Clean interface with minimal color, save from the pops of red from the YouTube logo. Like Bloglovin’, YouTube allows the colors from the videos to take the focus. The site is simple to use and allows you to subscribe to your favorite YouTubers and have all their new videos pop up on your feed. One feature I enjoy is the Recommended videos based on your watch history, which allows you to discover similar videos from YouTubers you may not have been exposed to yet. Overall, the site is user friendly and reliable.

Reddit

Most people use this site to kill time browsing random trending news/gifs/pics/videos or to follow threads.

Not very aesthetically pleasing, especially the bright blue-colored links. Can you say eye-sore? I think that the images accompanying each link could be bigger so the user can get a general idea of what the video/picture is at a quick glance without having to read the bright blue text. There are a lot of different links listed out on the top gray bar that you can choose from, which looks a bit cluttered. Now compare to Reddit’s About page and blog.

Quite a drastic difference. Serious lack of continuity in design. Also, when you click on a link, it doesn’t open within Reddit; it redirects you to the link’s page. To combat this, you can open each link you are interested into a new tab. However, I think it would be a more streamlined experience if the link you clicked on expanded within the same Reddit page or opened up in a pop-up window so that you don’t have to get redirected to a completely new page.

Pact

Accountability app for health and fitness. Set a goal (eat x servings of veggies per week, exercise x times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes, track your meals x times a week) and if you don’t meet it, you pay $5 for each missed day. If you do meet your goal, you get paid.

I used this app religiously to track my exercise and veggies. However, I had long-standing issues with the app. As you can see in the screenshot, there are 3 Gym pacts on the screen, when there should only be one. This glitch has happened to me several times, requiring me to delete & reinstall the app. For veggie pacts, you have to take a picture of the food & upload it. Every time I open the app to upload a picture, it doesn’t register that I uploaded it until I close the app, reopen it, and upload the picture again. Only then will it work. Another annoyance I have is that Pact does not partner with the Nike+ running app, which I use exclusively to track my runs because it syncs with my Nike running watch. So all of my runs go uncounted towards my gym pact. Thus, in order to meet my pact, I would use the motion tracker and shake my phone to meet the threshold of 30 minutes. Why did I go through all of this? Free money for things I was already doing. On July 9th, I received an email from Pact stating that they are shutting down the app. Not so secretly, I am glad to not have to deal with Pact anymore.

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