Becoming a More Thoughtful User Experience Designer

Posted by Jake Lee Haugen |04 May 15 |

May 4, 2015

A simple experience that opened my eyes to new possibilities took the form of a 170px smiley face. After a stressful day, I attempted to clear my inbox as a last-ditch effort to ease my mind. I had just downloaded the Gmail app and decided to use it instead of the standard Apple Mail app I had been using for years. I sifted through my emails and when the last one was archived, a little smiley face sun appeared with the text, “You’re all done! Please enjoy your day.”

Smiling sun from Gmail mobile app

I couldn’t help but smile.

This was so simple and unexpected, and it made me realize that the tiniest detail, even an unnecessary one, can have a huge impact on a user. This detail surely came from designers who realized that dealing with a full inbox can be…read more
By Jake Lee Haugen