Plattentests App

A Case Study

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New Reviews and Album of the Week

The first screen when you open the app is the album of the week. It's the one album everyone is exited about, with the one song, that'll change your life I swear. All the new reviews are presented in a table view for a quick overview of what's new and what's hot. The design is kept within the iOS7 boundaries but does not embrace all standards. I didn't want to rely on pure text as buttons because of the lack of affordance that comes with that choice. Another reason was the characteristics of the german language wich has very long words that often take to much space or have to be very small for navigation elements.

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Review design for maximum legibility

The heart of Plattentests.de are their reviews. So I decided to strip everything away that will distract you from reeding an review. On top are just the core facts and the nav-bar. But when you start scrolling the bar fades away so can focus on the text. On the bottom of the review are some more facts like the track list and the favorite songs picked by the author. Now you can mark the review as a favorite, add it to your list of albums you have to listen to later or buy the album.

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Animations

Animations and transitions complete the design process. To create a fun experience navigating the app, I added real world physics-like transitions. Those feel natural when using the app. When you open the menu with the hamburger icon the screen accelerates and bounces back just a little bit when reaching the right edge of the display.

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Read later, listen later & share

To add additional value to the app it provides many interactions that help you keep track of your review reading and music listening. You can save reviews in a read later list or send them to your favorite read-it-later service. Besides that you can also save albums to know with ones you want to listen to when you come home from work. I made it easy to share all the contend to specific people via message, mail or airdrop and to a large number of followers via twitter. All those interactions are available on the reviews and on the new reviews screen.

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