+ UX & UI – Research Interest

UX – User eXperience | UI – User Interface

Both of these are two new phrase for me in past 3 months. I took about a month to listen on my friend’s sharing about his research about these topic and finally I found that it is really cool. UX and UI are working with each other, like a website can’t work without one of it. It’s consist of human behaviourism, which is the topic that I quite interested. I like to observe and investigate how human interact, act, and communicate. We, as a human a.k.a intelligent animal, we can perform various kind of style, attitude, expression and personality in different place, environment and situation. Therefore, I’ve found that is very fun and interesting topic, which it also relate to human computer interaction.

Since I’m a rookie of UX and UI design, I read an article from here which makes me know what’s the differences between UX and UI. I found it very useful although the author keep mention that’s just his POV. At least, he makes me get a bigger picture which I think quite match with John Maeda’s article, The 10 Law of Simplicity. Both of them inspired me in a way and makes me have more passion on both UX and UI design. John Maeda’s law theory are quite abstract which makes me understand till halfway, maybe I’m not good enough in understanding. The trend for now is quite similar with his theory, Simplicity. I’m inspired a lot with his theory, and I only realize what I understand before read his article is just a very basic knowledge.  Other than that, I found an article which told me “UX is not UI!. This article’s author is Erik Flowers, tells people(including me) on how UX different with UI too. It clearly tells people and allow users to download a copy of his explanation.

Actually, I’m have another answer for why UX and UI would be my interested topic. I’m attracted by one of the Apple’s product, Iphone 5S. Now I’m having it and before this, I’m using Samsung smartphone. I found that I can easily familiar with Iphone interface and design comparing with Samsung smartphone. That time, I was wondering the reason for this then my friend(yeah, that friend again) tells me about UX and UI. Wow, I finally know the reason! When I was trying playing with my phone, I would complain about the interface and usability of  few apps. Then, I would start wondering “why they wouldn’t do this… done that… bla, bla, bla…”, started to be mumbling. This situation somehow makes me wanted to re-design the app to more user friendly in another way to users(including me). Yea, that’s the another reason for my research interest.

In the end, I hope to learn more on this topic to fulfil my thirst of it and to ensure is this the last interest for research.



+ MEXTURE – Review

Mexture, an app which create to let Iphone’s users to easily edit their precious photo in advanced and professional method. I got it from my friend and I was wondering why he could spend money for this app. Well, the result after I tried to use his phone and do some experiment, I paid. By discovering this app, I found that it is easy to use and user-friendly. I would rated it in rating of 4/5.

The following would be my personal comments to ‘Mexture’. The overall interface design of this app is good and outstanding. My experience for this app very good, flow is fluid and smooth. Options, button are very eye-catchy and vivid. Applying the trend of interface which is catch users eye with visuals. For photo editing, it provides lots of creative and amazing grunges, light leaks, textures and gradients. Most of these are created originally from 35mm film scans of various camera, this is the first of the parts that makes me loves to use it. The best and most favourite features is, I can add unlimited layers with different layer style and effects. It become very interactive and joyful while users are trying to edit their photos. Lots of choices, various combination and create own design identity!

“Mexture App Relaunches as Comprehensive Photo Editor”, says Merek Davis, CNBC.

“Mextures Is An Outstanding Texture Overlay App”, says Marty Yawnick, Life in Lofi.

There is nothing perfect, including this app. There are few aspect that doesn’t satisfied users included me, myself. First, few of the editing screen of the interface of this app does not provide a ‘back’ button to return to previous screen. It makes users need to click and interact more in order to return to previous screen.  Other than that, I found out it’s a bit complicated to users to use for the formula editing part. While users wish to exchange the formula with other various formula, they need to clear all the edit and restart again to do it. It’s very in inconvenience to users because it may cause those suit and satisfied cropped photos results in bad way, maybe good perhaps.

Mexture is an app that really satisfied photo edit users. Not all, but I’m one of it. It’s really worth to the price, $1.99. From those review that I had research in “App Store”, 4.5/5 ratings and a bunch of good review from customers.

‘A must for photo editing users! I can’t find other apps that does the similar result with Mexture.’

Finally, the outcome photo is originally created by me. I’m satisfied with this, feeling happy and proud of my first creation by Mexture. I believe every users had this kind of experience and that’s the extra experience that this app brings to users. Great app, well done!