∞ Apps should seem almost magical

I’m asked to test quite a bit of software and give feedback to the developers. Sometimes that goes well, others times, not so well.

To me, making an app simple to use — whether on the iPhone, iPad or Mac — doesn’t mean stripping out all of the features. All that does is make the app less useful for the user.

Rather, making an app simple to use is about hiding all of the complicated pieces of the app in a way that the user can get things done easily and quickly. That way features, and the end result of those features, seem almost magical.

Of course, apps like Photoshop and Pro Tools can’t do this for everything because we want that control, but in recent years, even these apps are including some of these types of features.



  • http://twitter.com/MeanKidneyDan Mean Kidney Dan

    Content-Aware fill! Whaaaaat!

    • Vamsmack

      Dude have you seen the unblur feature they talked about at MAX? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xxjiQoTp864 that’s magic or witchcraft….

  • http://twitter.com/salConigliaro Sal Conigliaro

    So true. That’s the balance that is the hardest to get right when creating an app. It’s easy to make an app; it’s hard to make a good app.

  • http://twitter.com/Moeskido Moeskido

    It takes good taste and empathy with your users. Neither is common.