I love email. It's the only way I remember the stuff I like, exists. So I happily subscribe to everything I want to keep up on and err on the side of letting services set me up with their default subscription.  This behavior also means I find myself needing to adjust said default email subscriptions once I see the value or lack of value being provided. 

Today I was blown away by the way My Shoebox handles this use case. I've never seen this done is such an elegant and respectful way. I hope the designer or marketer who did this will raise their hand and take a bow. 


I was getting daily emails and it was too much for me. I like the trip down memory lane but having it everyday really took the special out of it. 

So I scroll to the bottom and suspect I will have to click an edit preferences link, go to the site, log in, then select my subscription preferences. This or just unsubscribe from it all together. 

But no! 

They gave me a one-click option to change my settings and it was actually ONE CLICK!


See ^^^^^^  So brilliant. So good. 


Go try out their photo back up service. It's excellent too! My Shoebox

AuthorTyesha Snow

This is a design pattern that makes me smile every time I see it and then wonder why everyone doesn't do it. 

There's still quite a gap between our desktop and mobile life. I find myself doing so many frustrating little hacks to connect the two worlds. There are a lot of solutions for little bits of the problem but so far I find them cumbersome and hard to remember to use. If you have favorite hacks or products to ease this pain I would love to hear them. 

Anyway….enter phone number to get a text, to download on your phone. La la love.  This one is as lovely as right clicking a logo and getting an option to download hi res versions of the logo (I learned about this from the book Microinteractions)  Makes business sense too right? The point is to get downloads right? 

AuthorTyesha Snow

iOS 7 takes the old interaction model of relying on real life equivalents to communicate concepts, explain items and provide affordances and dumps it on it's head. I won't go into detail about this but there is a great review of the new designs that gets to this point on Fresh Air

So, a few days before the unveiling I was in Google Drive and getting really bummed out by this.  


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The default view of a Google Document is the old school "Print Layout". Looks nice enough but 99% of the Documents I create will never be printed. I mean the Document product it's self is loaded with features that eliminate the need to print.

I was getting bummed because my content was getting interrupted by this break and I wanted it to be formatted nicely for my client. So I turned this view off and this is what it looked like.

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I have a great love of nostalgia, tradition and comfy things but it'll be nice when digital products stand tall and proud, respectful to their predecessors but true to themselves.  

I imagine I need to take this critique too. I'm going to watch out for the instinct to do stuff like this. I bet we designers do it all the time without noticing. 

Interesting enough we see this same problem with Mobile and legacy Desktop stuff. I'll have to dig up some examples. 


AuthorTyesha Snow