I still remember how excited I was when I discovered readability app for the first time in my life. It saved me from the pressure of overwhelming amount of tabs, the fear of closing my browser and helped me be more focused on my work at hand. I loved it and thought it was one of the greatest inventions in the world.
However, as I followed more twitter accounts and subscribed to more mailing lists, I started to hesitate to open my read-it-later app, because there are simply too many articles in my reading list. After trying out several other apps, and experimenting with several other ways to save my articles (e.g. using to-do list), the problem remains.
Maybe it was just me, being too greedy and wanting to know everything without having a clear focus. But… maybe?, I can design a better flow and better read-it-later experience to solve this problem.
In order to verify what I have discovered, I designed a short survey, and posted it on some discussion groups online.
Among “Other”, 6/8 people expressed that they want a better way to organize the article so that they can decide what to read next or find good articles they have already read.
After doing a bunch of sketches, I had a rough idea of where I am heading. So I started working in Balsamiq to flesh out the key flows.
I started to think about visual design while working on flow. This is still a work in progress…
In order to define the color and feel of the app, I created this mood board.
Based on the mood board, I selected the primary colors and other colors for the app. While searching for good typography, I found Daniel Eden’s Just My Type. The pairing of “Proxima Nova” & “Adelle” delivers a really clean & high-quality feel. And they are super easy to read, which is important for reading apps. For the font size etc., besides Apple’s iOS HIG, I found the two resources below super handy:
Next Step (Coming soon…)