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The Design Insider 16: Playstore UI Updated, Clubhouse adds Payments & more.

Welcome back to the design insider, our weekly round-up of the latest news, informative articles and resources on all things design and tech.

In the News

Source – Clubhouse

Clubhouse adds payment feature – The social audio app has started rolling out a new feature allowing all users to send money on the platform. However, the ability to receive donations will only be made available to a select test group of creators for now. The move is an apparent attempt by Clubhouse to keep creators on the platform as it faces stiff competition from Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and more who are working on their new social-audio features.

Apple testing tags in App Store – After typing in a search bar query, users can tap more specific tags to curate the search results further. The feature is currently in testing with some users and aims to make search, which 70% of App Store visitors use to find apps, more contextual. 

Facebook testing Clubhouse clone – Currently in a testing phase, the web-based Q&A app, called Hotline, will work slightly different to Clubhouse. With audience members required to type their questions before joining creators on a stage, an upvoting feature and creators’ given the ability to interact via both video or audio. This is just one of the audio-social platforms Facebook is currently testing. 

Apple Music for artists app redesign coming?  Apple fanatics predict that iOS 15 will see the interface design get a further refresh, following the macOS Big Sur style. These predictions got more accurate, with the Apple Music for Artists app getting some bug fixes and a logo change, which ditched the flat look for something with a bit more depth. 

Google Play UI updated – The updated Google Play Store UI will see the hamburger menu removed from the interface’s left-hand side, with the menu items accessible instead from the profile button located next to the search bar. The settings menu will also be getting a significant overhaul, with options organised into folders instead of a long list.

Manage Whatsapp Catalog on the Web – Millions of businesses are using Whatsapp catalogue to connect with consumers. Currently, they’re only able to manage their inventory on Mobile; however, this is changing as the feature will now be available on their web version for desktop. 

Signal test payments in the U.K – The preferred messaging app for privacy-conscious people has begun testing a new payments feature, which will allow users to seamlessly send and receive money with a proprietary cryptocurrency system known as Mobilecoin.  

Tik Tok adds auto-captions – Tik Tok will now give creators the chance to add auto-captions to their videos to improve accessibility and help those who are hard of hearing or deaf better use and enjoy content on the platform. The feature will automatically generate subtitles, initially in American, English and Japanese, with more languages to follow.

Youtube Music testing new designs  – The design changes will start with the iconography, which will see the lifeless grey style icons ditched for black and white line-art style graphics. You might not notice the shift yet as it’s initially in testing with a select group of accounts. 

Amazon Android app redesign rolled out – Despite being a dominant player in eCommerce, Amazon’s app UX has been relatively lacklustre. However, things are looking up as the android app is getting refreshed. The new version has a more clean look and improved usability by introducing a bottom navigation bar. From here, users can access several essential features such as their profiles, shopping cart and much more


Recommended Reads

The principles of sensory design -This article dives deep into and shares some best practices to design for the connected human sensory system, which works in sync to helps guide cognition, movement, and communication. 

Designing with accessibility in mind – In this article, the author dives into what web accessibility is, shares some valuable tools to help you check if you’re following the ADA-compliant rules, and how to make sure you’re designing with accessibility in mind from the start.

The Design Sprint – what is it, and how to run one effectively? – This article will dive into the detail of the five-day framework designed to help teams swiftly learn, create, test solutions to complex problems. With essential insights, an overview of the best practices and practical tips to help you run a successful design sprint for yourself. 

Ten cancellation flow examples and why they work – In this article, the author looks at the tactics and strategies top SaaS companies use to deflect user cancellations and keep churn rates in the green. With some tips and tricks, you can implement them into your product UX intelligently to deflect cancellations. 

Designing for the autistic community – In this article, the author goes in-depth into the seven principles designers should consider when creating interfaces that offer the best user experience for those with autism. 

Information architecture for UX designers – This article discusses the importance of focusing on how content is structured, organised and fits together before jumping straight into creating detailed designs for interfaces. A common mistake design teams make is inefficient in terms of resources and can negatively impact the user experience. 


Useful Tools & Resources

Book of the Week – Writing Is Designing: Words and the User Experience by Michael J. Metts  and Andy Welfle | Find Out More

Tool of the Week – UX Challenges – Go beyond theory and start testing your design skills with several practical challenges covering various UX topics. 

Ijaz K.

Ijaz K.

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