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Context is the New Genre – Why it’s all about the Why!

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Written by Craig Watson Co-founder and COO of Soundwave Spotify’s recent press event was interesting for a number of reasons. Not only did it indicate the direction in which the company was going. It also highlighted a number of product releases which sparked varying reactions from the media. Content — they’ve confirmed that they will be including video, podcasts and news into their products. This is mostly what the press focused on (here, here and here). Running — they have developed technology that recognises your tempo while running and matches the song choice with that. This was mentioned only […]

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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 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 […]