Many of us that work in the creative arts are familiar with Dieter Rams, a highly regarded industrial designer. Even if you are not familiar with Mr. Rams, though, you have almost certainly used products that were influenced by his work. Over the course of his career he developed ten principles for “good design” that continue to inspire creative professionals, such as Apple’s Jonathan Ive.
We’re lucky to have a huge community of people using our website tools and giving us feedback every day. In the process of creating AddThis Pro, we used this feedback to make sure that it was grounded in the needs and desires of the people that use our tools. I’ll share several of the lessons we learned.
With the growth of mobile browsing, AddThis has continually improved and optimized layouts, sprites and other elements to make sure that our standard suite of tools works well wherever they are used. SmartLayers was designed to be user-friendly and optimized for phone and tablet viewers. In order to make sure we’re providing that experience, we had to do a lot of testing, across a multitude of devices, screen sizes, browsers and operating systems.
As a publisher using the AddThis tools, you’ll need to do your own testing to verify your user’s mobile experience. Learning to do so is something of a daunting task, but we’ll help walk you through some steps to set up, speed up, level up, and ramp up your experience with Android Emulation, to start.
At AddThis we’re passionate about our work and we enjoy spreading the word about topics that interest us. Several of my co-workers organize meetups that are hosted here at AddThis, including the Big Data DC and Cassandra DC groups. Earlier this month my meetup, NoVA UX (Northern Virginia User Experience), celebrated it’s first birthday.