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Improving Your App Design with User Testing

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Written By Reiner Wendland Head of Design Soundwave is a music discovery app with over 1.4 million users worldwide. The app allows users to track their favorite songs, share tunes with friends and discover great new music. Currently at Soundwave, we are working on some improvements for our existing Android app. As head of design, I wanted to share some of my thoughts on how user testing has helped to inform the design of the app. Getting Started When starting the project we established a clear set of objectives. We asked ourselves a few simple […]

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5 Things You Need to Know When Designing for Apple Watch

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The Soundwave music discovery app has been live on both iOS and Android for almost 2 years. I recently had the opportunity to work on UI and Interaction Design for the Soundwave Apple Watch app. With the Watch set to be released on April 24th, Soundwave will be one of the first apps available on this platform. Having also been one of the first apps available on Android Wear, it’s exciting to finally have an Apple Watch app in the pipeline! Naturally, tackling the design and build of an app on a new platform was […]

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How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice!

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Written by George Boyle Lead Android Developer That’s what they say; the implication being that if you want to get somewhere worthwhile you need a remarkable level of persistence. That may be true, but I say it’s not quite as simple as that. If you don’t adequately reflect on yourself and your motivations, you can easily get lost on the way.  There’s a saying that’s generally attributed to a golfer, though there seems to be a debate as to its origins, or even to which golfer said it. In one version of the anecdote, Gary […]

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How many pieces of software does it take to run a tech start-up? (SPOILER ALERT: THE ANSWER IS 64!)

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Written by Aidan Sliney Founder and CTO of Soundwave When embarking on the long and winding journey of turning your great idea into a fully fledged company, you are going to come across countless challenges and tasks that need completing. Some of these tasks will fall within your skill-set, others you will need to adapt to. As we tell every new member of staff at Soundwave: You will wear many hats! Some people love this, others not so much (only two of us actually wear hats). Thankfully the day of tackling everything with Excel, Word […]

The Noise and the Signal – Metrics, Monitoring and Alarming at Soundwave

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David Lynch Principal Engineer @ Soundwave Soundwave has around 1.5 million installs spread across most countries, and therefore most time zones. At a significant number of points in the day, somebody somewhere is travelling to or from work with Soundwave in their pocket. As a consumer application a single bad experience can mean a short cut to the trash can. Therefore at Soundwave we invest heavily in ensuring our users get the experience they deserve. This post talks about metrics from a systems and operational perspective; we’ll keep the KPI’s, day-14 retained and vanity metrics for […]