Ben Logan

Ben Logan
17 January 2014

Following the recent news about Apple’s February 1st deadline, when all new apps or app updates submitted to the iTunes Store must be iOS7 compatible, developers are hard at work building optimised applications with XCode 5. Compatibility with iOS 7 includes remodelling the UI according to the current iOS Human Interface Guidelines and the iOS 7 UI Transition Guide, as well as adopting the new version of the iOS API. The reason for all this is that the radically revamped iOS 7 focuses on clear presentation of content rather than graphical elements being dominant. This means that developers will need…

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Ben Logan
8 January 2014

iPhone and iPad users will be pleased to hear that a new version of the GoodReader PDF app for iOS 7 has today been released, boasting a revamped user interface, new features and more convenient access to tools. The company has also said that the update will allow certain PDFs to render faster. This latest release is the first update since September 20 of last year. The fresh UI offers simpler navigation and improved overall usability. For example, there is now the option to flatten multiple files with a single click, batch import/export to Photo Albums, tag or star files…

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Ben Logan
7 January 2014

Following many gripes about the usability glitches present at the release of the much anticipated Xbox One, Microsoft has now announced that they will be adapting and refining the device’s UI over time by listening to user feedback. Director of Programming at Microsoft, Larry Hyrb, commented: “When we look back and look at what we’ve done, we want to continue to adapt the system to what gamers want. The team that works on Xbox are gamers themselves. We want to build the system that we use and that we know gamers would enjoy using. We’re going to continue to refine…

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Ben Logan
6 January 2014

2013 was a pretty good year for us here at Spotless. The team grew over the past year as we took on exciting and challenging new projects. Over the last couple of months we conducted user testing of the Disney website with children across mobile and tablet, and several rounds of user research for Sony Network Entertainment in France, Germany and Spain, to name just a couple.   Of course, spending our Christmas ‘do in Paris wasn’t too shabby either…     We look forward to exciting times ahead in 2014. It’s already looking good with some user testing for…

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Ben Logan
18 December 2013

International company MovingKit.com has announced a newly redesigned website with vastly improved usability and enhanced functions. Their lead designer explained the aim and issues behind the firm’s UX overhaul: “If the end user cannot figure out how to navigate our website that is content that cannot be uncovered. We want our users to know everything we have to offer!” MovingKit.com CMO added: “We have a very large portion of our budget devoted towards marketing. We have to make sure that the people who come to our website are not just coming and then leaving because it is too complicated.” To iron…

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Ben Logan
18 December 2013

Music platform Spotify has begun rolling out a new desktop client update which features a refreshingly clean user interface. Although the update is currently being released for the Mac version of the app, a Windows version is expected to follow shortly. The first UI change that people will notice is a darker colour theme which is almost black in places, while deep greys accompany larger text, rounded graphics and filtered artwork. The overall effect is a cleaner appearance, however less information is immediately apparent compared to the previous UI. Theverge.com tested the new Spotify app, and have said that the…

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