upfront - Designing apps for tech newbies

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November 08, 2016

upfront - Designing apps for tech newbies

Tech newbies? Where does one find them? It’s not easy, even in the developing world, to find people who don’t use a smartphone. But they’re out there, and Ally has been making mobile apps for some of these novice tech users in various West African countries. In this talk she’ll share some of the lessons she’s learnt along the way about how people who’ve been introduced to technology very recently - usually through cheap, second-hand, car-battery-powered devices - respond to new and shiny ways of interacting with machines.

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Ally Long

November 08, 2016
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  1. Hi!

  2. I'm Ally @allyelle

  3. I’m a product designer and front-end developer

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  5. We have offices in → Nigeria → Sierra Leone →

    Liberia → Guinea
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  15. Designing for tech newbies

  16. Who are they?

  17. Hardware

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  19. Android → Huawei → Lenovo → LG → Samsung (if

    you're fancy) !
  20. Condition → scratched up screens → big rugged covers →

    glare protection films
  21. They probably won't always be connected

  22. They might be hard to power

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  25. Interface

  26. WHERE'S IT AT? If elements are offscreen, they're not discoverable.

  27. Avoid concealed elements

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  31. Limit amount of options on one screen

  32. Affordance → make the buttons bigger, clickier, uglier → combine

    icons with labels → clear labelling
  33. What does this do?

  34. Do animations hinder or help?

  35. Both!

  36. LOL

  37. Animations in form elements = !

  38. Animations to describe spatial model = !

  39. Clicking is better than typing

  40. Touch screens are better than laptops

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  42. Consistency is key

  43. Steal!

  44. Ok fine. Borrow. → Facebook → Whatsapp → Gmail

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  46. Thanks!!