#design

Geoffrey Fowler on the state of “connected” point-and-shoot cameras:

Intuitive software design doesn’t come easily to any of these camera-makers, though. Nikon’s app is a study in excess clicking: You dig through the camera’s menus to turn on wireless every time. (Five clicks.) Then you re-connect to its wireless network on your phone. (At least two clicks). Once you’ve got the app open, you click “view photos,” then click again to view “pictures on D5300.” Once thumbnails appear on the phone app, you click “select” so that you can check-mark certain shots. (Clicks 10 and 11.) Then you click “download.” (Twelve.) Then it asks if you what size image you want to download, requiring at least one more click, (Thirteen, but we’re not done yet.)

After downloading, another message informs you it is complete. You have to click “OK” on that. (Fourteen.)

It’s not clear who designs this software. My best guess is no one. 

Reuters, reporting the news that Samsung has gotten rid of its mobile design chief, Chang Dong-hoon:

The Galaxy S5, which debuted globally last month, has received a lukewarm response from consumers due to its lack of eye-popping hardware innovations, while its plastic case design has been panned by some critics for looking cheap and made out of a conveyor belt. The Wall Street Journal said the gold-colored back cover on the S5 looked like a band-aid.

At first I laughed. Then I searched. Sure enough, it looks like a damn band-aid.

Ellis Hamburger on the latest Tumblr design tweaks:

Picking an accent color also changes the interface surrounding your blog for anyone who visits it. When I tapped Save after editing my blog’s appearance, the app’s Compose button turned pink and its navigation bar turned white to match my chosen Accent Color and background. The effect is particularly stark on iPad, where tapping into a blog dresses up the entire app in a new color. “There are 3.3 billion combinations,” says Vidani, “[but] the biggest part of this is that we’re using it everywhere. This is going to be you.” The company says 80 percent of active Tumblr users have customized their blog in one way or another.

Some really nice tweaks, but I wonder how much impact they have. Do people visit other’s blogs within the Tumblr app that often? I know for me, it’s all about the feed and/or visiting my favorite Tumblr blogs on the web. Maybe the aim is the change that? Or maybe I’m weird?

To that end, I’d still love to see Tumblr do some sort of analytics product for how many people saw my post in the main Tumblr feed (versus visiting my site, which, of course, I can track). I know the emphasis has been on tracking indirect metrics such as “likes” and “reblogs” but I’d happily pay for a more pro product in that regard.