Insightful bits I’ve read recently

On Instagram’s redesign via Fast Company


Continuous improvement and why we’re refreshing KnowledgeWorks.org

As an education-focused non-profit, a core concept that KnowledgeWorks teaches is continuous improvement — we hope to better ourselves, to grow not only as individuals, but also together as a company.

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. — Benjamin Franklin

As we grow and evolve, so do our surroundings — our communities, our schools, our organization, and in this particular focus, our technology.

In light of continuous improvement, we’ve decided to do a site refresh. We took a set of 9 well defined problems and addressed them to the best of…


Interviews with those responsible for driving mobile learning innovation forward.

Technology is changing the options available to teachers and students and challenging our perceptions of education. In this series of interviews, I talk with digital designers in the education space about what they foresee for the future of education technology.

Related: Designing for Education — Tentouch


Plickers in action

Interviews with those responsible for driving mobile learning innovation forward.

Technology is changing the options available to teachers and students and challenging our perceptions of education. In this series of interviews, I talk with digital designers in the education space about what they foresee for the future of education technology.

Related: Designing for Education — Tentouch

Jenn Kim, wears many hats (including UX design) at Plickers. Plickers grew out of a shared belief that teachers shouldn’t have to teach blind, data doesn’t have to be overwhelming, and students shouldn’t be afraid of being wrong.


Interviews with those responsible for driving mobile learning innovation forward.

Technology is changing the options available to teachers and students and challenging our perceptions of education. In this series of interviews, I talk with digital designers in the education space about what they foresee for the future of education technology.

Related: Designing for Education — Tentouch

Julia Gallagher is the Community Relations Associate at TapTapSee, a mobile camera application designed specifically for blind and visually impaired iOS users. The app utilizes the iDevice’s camera and VoiceOver functions to photograph objects and identify them audibly for the user.


Interviews with those responsible for driving mobile learning innovation forward.

Technology is changing the options available to teachers and students and challenging our perceptions of education. In this series of interviews, I talk to digital designers in the education space about what they foresee for the future of education technology.

The first interview is with Vasil Enchev, Product Designer at Tentouch. Tentouch is responsible for several learning and productivity apps, namely Grafio and Vidra.

Vidra is an way to make an explainer video, while Grafio lets users create vector diagrams, graphs and designs. …


How Looksery created a product for users, not designers

Looksery technology propels Snapchat’s new special effects

You may have recently seen an abundance of puking rainbows and bug eyes on Snapchat. You can thank Looksery for that.

Looksery launched last year as an entertainment app based on face recognition technology and special effects.

Founded in 2013, Looksery went on to raise money for its face modification app on Kickstarter. After successful crowdfunding, Looksery launched in October 2014.

They were acquired by Snapchat in September 2015.

I (JC) took some time to speak with lead designer Lidiya Bogdanovich (LB) about their design process and how user experience testing transformed their app from good to GREAT.

JC: What…


From a former news site designer

Bloomberg’s redesign must’ve been exhausting. The brand’s reach spans three enormous beasts (Bloomberg Business, Bloomberg Politics and Bloomberg View), various content types (articles, featured stories, photo and videos to name a few), and various topics within each site. And that’s only the first three things that came to mind.

Architecting and designing for extreme flexibility and uniformity across sites was an enormous challenge, yet the response to Bloomberg.com’s redesign has been met with primarily positive feedback. …


The StormShield revamp in 6 minutes

Storm Shield went from being ranked #1 in the app store (weather) to a steady plateau. What was wrong? Why had product sales leveled out?

There were several known issues — the navigation was overwhelming, many of the features weren’t being used and the UI seemed outdated.

With those in mind, the Scripps digital product team (we) stepped back and reassessed the product beginning with surveying users. Hundreds of Scripps employees and external Storm Shield users were asked the basics: How did they use the app? What features were important? What would they change?

Previous Radar Screen

Putting users first was the foundation…


Truly adapting to the user

A consistent trait among digital products that’ve withstood the test of time is adaptation. Adapting to new technologies. Adapting to new devices. And adapting to users (essentially user experience research and analysis).

The previous focus of the site was finding organizations

Youthletic began as a repository of youth organization data, targeting both parents and organizations. For parents, the site was intended to be a one-stop-shop to search and register their children for youth organizations. For organizations, the site was supposed to be an easy place for coaches and group leaders to gather registrations, payments and information about…

Jordan Crone

Digital Designer and UX Enthusiast

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