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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 […]

Apple Watch

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 […]


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 […]

BBC 6 Music Festival Hack Day!

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By Hugh Rawlinson Soundwave were recently invited to attend the BBC Festival Hack Day in Newcastle on the weekend of the 21st of February. This hack day was organised to coincide with the BBC 6 Music Festival and I went along on behalf of Soundwave to get involved! The festival hack was held in The Core; a shared space between Newcastle University and Newcastle Science. The day kicked off on the Friday morning with numerous API Presentations from  companies such as Twilio, 7digital and the BBC. Hackers were mingling and caffinating in preparation for the […]

Why you need to be aware of Gamification

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You can’t beat a definition to get a blog post off to the right start! So, just to clarify, what am I talking about when I say ‘gamification’? Gamification is the concept of applying game mechanics and game design techniques to engage and motivate people to achieve their goals. Gamification taps into the basic desires and needs of the users impulses which revolve around the idea of Status and Achievement — Badgeville The purpose of this post is not to go through the basics of what gamification is and the history behind it: there are plenty of […]