This week: Google launches a search engine for scientific data, how to handle errors properly, why Australia is collecting startup metrics, the ux of registration and why it’s crucial to the success of your product, and… cake!
Here are the things I found interesting on the web this week.
// ROADMAP THINGS
“In reality, asking for a product roadmap [is] shorthand for ‘please help me with my strategy’.”
// SWEET THINGS
“Dinara Kasko…uses her background as an architect and 3D visualizer to produce geometric cakes that at first glance seem impossible to eat.” I’ll give it a go…
// UX THINGS
“The first experience people have with your mobile app is the most critical. If they cannot get it working right away, they won’t finish setting it up and won’t come back.”
// PERSONAS THINGS
“The purpose of the engaging perspective is to move from designers seeing the user as a stereotype with whom they are unable to identify and whose life they cannot envision, to designers actively involving themselves in the lives of the personas.”
// ERROR STATES THINGS
“Whatever the cause, [errors] have a huge impact on…user experience. Bad error handling paired with useless error messages can fill users with frustration, and can lead to users abandoning your app.
“Creating the best website error message is often overlooked, but it’s important to ensuring an optimal user experience.”
// STARTUPS THINGS
A great initiative from Australia measuring the impact and ROI of the Government’s investment in the Startup community.
// GOOGLE THINGS
This feels like a big step forward for scientific research. “Google’s goal has always been to organise the world’s information…Now, it wants to do the same for the scientific community with a new search engine for datasets.”
Compiled with ❤️ in Qatar
Every week I read stuff on the web that I think would help Qatar-based tech startups design and build brilliant products. I save up all the interesting things and publish them here, and send them out via tinyletter.com/jennyellenbrown