User Testing as a Design Driver:Looksery created a product for users, not designers

Posted by Jordan Crone |05 Oct 15 |

October 5, 2015

You may have recently seen an abundance of bug-eyed people puking rainbows on Snapchat. Thank Looksery for that. Launched last year as an entertainment app based on face recognition technology and special effects, Looksery was acquired by Snapchat last month.

Donald Trump Looksery rainbow puke

Looksery technology propels Snapchat’s new special effects

Founded in 2013, Looksery launched in October 2014 after…read more
By Jordan Crone


Why This Apple Guy Believes in Google’s Material Design

Posted by Jordan Crone |13 Apr 15 |

April 13, 2015

I am an apple guy. I have been since I got my first Mac when I was 16. I’m typing this on a MacBook Pro that’s sitting beside my iPhone 6. So when Google announced it’s new design language, Material Design, at Google I/O in June I quickly disregarded the announcement.

But as time went on and Google products that I regularly used began adapting the look, I started questioning what it meant to me as a user and to the design world as a whole.

What is Material Design?

Google defines Material Design as “design by seeking to build experiences that surprise and enlighten our users in equal measure.” In a nutshell, it’s a refreshing, simplified design language that encourages interaction and implies depth. Here’s why I believe in it:

It Will Bring Uniformity to Google Products Across Devices

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By Jordan Crone