I’ve released three small Apps in the last year and when you are responsible for everything from design and development to content and UX, it becomes easy to miss things. Development is the easy part – the rest is a little more difficult.
The first two Apps were game scorers for Yahtzee and Yatzy. With these, my primary focus was the score sheets – I thought the score sheets worked well but later I realised I messed up the initial user experience. How did I mess up the initial user experience? Easy – my goal was to allow you to start a game and get to the score sheets, everything else was a side task and poorly designed.
When writing Budget (out free open-source budging app), I realised this short coming and thought I had solved it. The initial user experience for Budget is guided and explains how to use the App – I even went as far as adding a demo.
Where is the issue? Well, the issue was with the demo. Once you create the demo you are locked in. I assumed you would “adopt” the demo and get on with using the App. There is an option to reset the App and return to the initial state, but it is hidden under account management. The solution? Next to the “adopt” button, I’ve added a “reset” button and this gives inexperienced users two options – adopt the budget once they are familiar with how the App works or reset and start again.
I recently started developing Budget Pro and I will not make these same mistakes. I decided to develop the mentioned Apps in this order specifically because I wanted the quality to increase with each new App.
Budget Pro is the first commercial offering for the Costs to Expect service, so it needs to be the best example of what the service offers.
I said “I” all the way through this post and for much of the development this was true. Recently, my wife (Twitter) has joined me in this endeavour. In addition to being an excellent editor and content writer, the plan is four eyes are going to better at spotting these types of issues than two.
Four eyes must be better than two but I’m not just getting an extra set of eyes to help me – there is a brain as well.