Design.

Ben Logan
27 April 2013

The UK’s largest online retailer of contact lenses have recently launched a brand new website, which aims to be the ultimate in customer experience, including vastly improved navigation and functionality throughout. GetLenses have completely redesigned their site based on customer feedback and monthly usability testing sessions. They have introduced a live chat function to allow for greater interaction with site visitors. Lindsey Robins, eCommerce Marketing Manager at GetLenses, commented on the new changes as well as the company’s plans for constant development: “This is just stage one of on-going improvements we’re making to the website to ensure our customers have…

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Ben Logan
8 April 2013

BlackBerry’s new 10 OS smartphone has been tested to see what it offers customers in terms of its user experience. Overall, the consensus is that while the mobile’s interface is a refreshing change from the screens of icons common to most of Blackberry’s competitors and the hardware will not disappoint, it does not give prospective new customers that something ‘fresh’ they can’t get elsewhere. It must be said that the gesture-based UX of BB10 on the Z10 model is intuitive, conveniently simple and fluid after you spend some time with it – users will find it easy to swipe in…

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Ben Logan
13 March 2013

Microsoft has so far done an impressive job of turning off loyal fans of Windows with the launch of Windows 8, and as a result there have been a number of shell applications made available by third parties to cushion the blow of the radically redesigned interface. RetroUI 3.1.1 is the latest entry into the arena, offering a Start menu replacement that may be attractive to those alienated by Windows 8’s visually busy version. It also comes with a feature called Enforce, which allows users to run modern apps inside of a window, which is something that users of Windows…

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Ben Logan
27 February 2013

Already a popular app on tablets, Adobe is now making their Photoshop Touch app available on mobile phones, with a near identical feature set. Familiar Photoshop elements such as layers, filters, selection tools and all the usual adjustments are included, and the user is able to edit high-resolution images up to 12 megapixels with three layers. Images can be edited in either landscape or portrait mode and saved as jpeg, PNG, PSD and PSDX file types, along with the now obligatory ability to immediately share via Facebook, Twitter or Email. From a user experience perspective, those already familiar with Photoshop…

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Ben Logan
22 February 2013

We’ve been keeping close tabs on all the rumours emerging about Apple’s hotly anticipated iWatch – the latest news reports from Apple Insider and Patently Apple are that a patent application for “an advanced wearable computer in the form of a bracelet that could double as a watch” has been made. Rather than some of the previously assumed ideas of what an iWatch would entail, this recently submitted patent describes a wristband with a bi-stable spring (as might be found in a snap bracelet) and a nifty function that ensures the device only displays visible surface area based on a…

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Ben Logan
11 February 2013

Specialist user experience agency Cyber-Duck have designed a new website for Needaproperty that claims to be the first responsive web design (RWD) that is able to automatically scale to desktop, tablet and smartphone platforms. The site is the result of extensive research conducted by Needaproperty in a bid to become more user-centric in their outlook. It has been UX designed to allow for the best possible customer experience for visitors on both iOS and Android without the need for additional downloads. Property portals have in the past favoured multiple websites tailored to different applications, which requires build and maintenance on…

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