Decoding the Elusive ‘Wow! Factor’ in Mobile Apps

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As a UX designer, I have been told umpteen times by clients or stakeholders to add some ‘Wow! factors’ in the design. There is nothing wrong in this request. But if you ask them to define this ‘Wow! factors,’ probably you will get some fumbling or vague answers. Or, they will mention the name of a recent eye candy app followed by the question, “Why don’t you design our app like that?”

If you identify with my situation, let us try to decode the ‘Wow! Factors’ and publish the results for the greater good of all app designers!

Wow [wou] (noun):
Excitement, interest, great pleasure, or the like

Dictionary.com

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Why I’m Uninstalling a Great Mobile App from Yahoo!

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Yahoo! News Digest mobile app is a gem. The experience is awesome. The news digest gets published twice a day at 08:00 AM and 06:00 PM. Simply consume the news as a healthy nine/ten/eleven nibbles. “Did you know?” at the end of each digest is always a good read. The subtle dots animations and parallax transitions are awesome.

But today, probably around 06:30 PM IST, with a heavy heart, I uninstalled this wonderful app.

Why, you ask?

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Articulating Screen – Is it useful in a DSLR?

Articulating screen - is it useful in a DSLR

The above photo was posted by Sudhir Shivaram in his Facebook page. (imgae link) My interest was immediately piqued. I understand the pain of looking through the eyepiece at such low angle (think macro photos). So I wanted to know what wildlife pro photogs thought about an articulating screen.

The following conversation took place based on my question.
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I participated in Canon Photmarathon 2014 and didn’t win

It was my first time attending a time bound photography spot event. It makes you feel the pressure when big things are at stake. In this case, the prizes at offer were phenomenal.

There were two themes given during the day in two session. First one was “Tranquility”. I had two images to choose from for the submission.

canon photo marathon 2014 submission 1 theme tranquility

Second theme was “Chaos”.
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Sujan Sarkar – Keep your camera ON; always

Sujan Sarkar Interview with antzfxway

Sujan, a school teacher, is the most decorated photographer we had the privilege to feature in this blog. He is fascinated by the energy of human soul, environmental issues, daily life, landscape and social issues. He is on a constant pursuit to improve his photography with every click.

Sujan Sarkar Interview with antzfxway Sujan Sarkar
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Technique: Travel

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Sudheer Uralath – How I Made That Shot

sudheer uralath how I made that shot in antzfxway

Sudheer Uralath is an inspiration for street photographers. His camera silently invades the street to reveal the otherwise unnoticed candid moments that gets over in a split second. We reached out to this talented photog to talk about the above displayed work.
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