Mandatory Form Filling on Meetup.com

It’s a nice sunny Sunday morning, and like most Sunday mornings (for those of us who tend not to have much of a lie in) it’s a great time for doing the things you don’t get to do during the week because of work. I decided that before I continue working on my Astronomy dissertation this morning for my Certificate in Astronomy course I would join some User Experience and Tech based meet ups on Meetup.com. This is so I can not only add to my continuous learning but also become involved in the social aspect. I already have a Meetup account for various other meet ups I’m a member of, and generally joining a meet up is an easy process, you find the one you want and you click to join. I searched for User Experience in London and I came across several I was interested in and joined. Most were, as described a ‘one button click’ process. However, there were two in particular that present you with a bunch of profile questions to answer before you can join. This is a massive pet peeve of mine, not only that it is a poor User Experience but it also is a massive barrier to entry. I’m a firm believer that you should let people in, have a look around and then present questions in an unobtrusive manner (i.e don’t pop out at you in a modal dialog) so they can have a think and answer in their own time. In my own experience, I felt as if the questions were sprung on me, they didn’t make a lot of sense and I...
Lunch Bag

Lunch Bag

Currently we have these really nice looking lunch bags at work. They appear to be very convenient and they pack down nicely, are easily transportable and are supposed to keep your lunch cold. From the outset they look like a good designed and well made product. I asked my boss, who was over from America and had brought her lunch in using the bag, how it faired (as I had taken one for myself and was going to use it for some supplies for my Astronomy class in the evening)? Her response was “It’s nice, only the handle is in the wrong place, so if you have a lot of stuff in there it’s unnerving as it feels like it’s going to fall out”.   I tried this out for myself and it didn’t feel entirely comfortable. I’m not sure how much product testing went into the product, but moving the handle to the top could have massively improved this product without a huge amount of effort. I did some research for similar lunch bags and the handles are correctly placed. Like websites and apps, every day products should always be designed with the user in mind and good user experience at the forefront of it...