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A Better Way To Do Bike Share1


I’m a big Citibike user in NYC. I take it to and from work sometimes. I take it to and from the ferries a lot. And I use it to get twenty or thirty blocks in 5-10 mins when I don’t have the time to walk it. But one thing I don’t like about Citibike is the anxiety around having an empty docking spot at your preferred destination kiosk. If there are no empty docks, you have to go to the nearest one in search of an empty dock. I’ve sometimes had to try three or four kiosks which is very frustrating. Here in Shanghai, they do things a bit differently, and I think a bit better. The bike share bikes are everywhere that we’ve been in Shangahi but they don’t dock in kiosks. They just lock up when you end your ride and the next person unlocks them with an app on their phone. Here are what the bikes look like when they are waiting for someone to take them out. Sometimes they are lined up almost like a Citibike kiosk. And sometimes they are just dropped off a bit more randomly. And here is the QR code you read into an app on your phone to get the code to unlock the bike. I sure hope that the NYC Citibike system moves to this approach as soon as practical. It would make the system a lot better. http://avc.com/2017/10/a-better-way-to-do-bike-share/

A Better Way To Do Bike Share1


I’m a big Citibike user in NYC. I take it to and from work sometimes. I take it to and from the ferries a lot. And I use it to get twenty or thirty blocks in 5-10 mins when I don’t have the time to walk it. But one thing I don’t like about Citibike is the anxiety around having an empty docking spot at your preferred destination kiosk. If there are no empty docks, you have to go to the nearest one in search of an empty dock. I’ve sometimes had to try three or four kiosks which is very frustrating. Here in Shanghai, they do things a bit differently, and I think a bit better. The bike share bikes are everywhere that we’ve been in Shangahi but they don’t dock in kiosks. They just lock up when you end your ride and the next person unlocks them with an app on their phone. Here are what the bikes look like when they are waiting for someone to take them out. Sometimes they are lined up almost like a Citibike kiosk. And sometimes they are just dropped off a bit more randomly. And here is the QR code you read into an app on your phone to get the code to unlock the bike. I sure hope that the NYC Citibike system moves to this approach as soon as practical. It would make the system a lot better. http://avc.com/2017/10/a-better-way-to-do-bike-share/

A Better Way To Do Bike Share1


I’m a big Citibike user in NYC. I take it to and from work sometimes. I take it to and from the ferries a lot. And I use it to get twenty or thirty blocks in 5-10 mins when I don’t have the time to walk it. But one thing I don’t like about Citibike is the anxiety around having an empty docking spot at your preferred destination kiosk. If there are no empty docks, you have to go to the nearest one in search of an empty dock. I’ve sometimes had to try three or four kiosks which is very frustrating. Here in Shanghai, they do things a bit differently, and I think a bit better. The bike share bikes are everywhere that we’ve been in Shangahi but they don’t dock in kiosks. They just lock up when you end your ride and the next person unlocks them with an app on their phone. Here are what the bikes look like when they are waiting for someone to take them out. Sometimes they are lined up almost like a Citibike kiosk. And sometimes they are just dropped off a bit more randomly. And here is the QR code you read into an app on your phone to get the code to unlock the bike. I sure hope that the NYC Citibike system moves to this approach as soon as practical. It would make the system a lot better. http://avc.com/2017/10/a-better-way-to-do-bike-share/

First things


What are the first things you do when you wake up in the morning? What are the first things you do when you show up to work? In both cases, we have choices. For example, as soon as we wake up, we can – Roll over and check email Give our partner a hug Think about what we’re grateful for Roll over and check our Facebook feeds Write down our plans for the day Open up our work email or laptop Take a deep breath and take in the fresh air Do some stretches We all have some action we default to. This default action, in turn, has far reaching consequences through the day. For starters, it determines the mindset and energy we start the day with. And, that combination of mindset and energy determines the quality of our thoughts and actions through the day. Like most defaults, our default first actions are powerful. Choose them intentionally, we must. Share this: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Like this: Like Loading... Related https://alearningaday.com/2017/10/02/first-things/

Sending audios and optimizing flows | Thinking Product


I wanted to send a friend an audio message on iOS. The flow started straight forward. First, I pressed the mic button on the side of the message. Next, I record the message. I liked the user experience (Ux) here as it clearly separates finishing an audio, playing it and sending it. Whatsapp, for example, auto sends an audio message the moment you take your finger off. So, I can see the benefits of adding an extra step. But, however, I ran into an issue. The phone reminded me that I was low on battery (20%) and it just stopped the recording abruptly. I just lost a 5 minute audio message. So, I recorded this again and sent it. I realized then that I wanted to add an extra message. So, as I worked through the second message (2 minutes), I noticed that the first message had disappeared. What the hell was going on? So, I recorded the first message all over again. That’s when I noticed a small option to”Keep” in blue. It turns out that the blue “Keep” is a button. And, if you don’t click it within 2 minutes, the audio message will disappear. This can be changed in your settings. But, for some reason, this is the default experience. And, it extends to the receiver of the message as well. This friend explained that she was thoroughly confused when the memo just disappeared. As the memo included some notes that required a repeat listen, this led to a few issues at her end too. So, what can we learn from this? The first lesson is the obvious one- we have to be thoughtful about the defaults we use. Smart defaults are critical to help users along the way. It is tiring if a user has to make every little decision and check every checkbox. But, in this case, for some reason, the product and design team decided that audio memos need to be removed by default. It is a decision that has likely caused a lot of confusion among users. And, the keep button doesn’t help matters much. Second, and most importantly, optimizing flows is at the center of great Ux design.  Many equate design with pretty appearances. But, users use products to get a job done – not to admire how the beauty of the product. And, when they get their job done, they win. To win, users need to flow from one action to the next. And, great Ux design is all about optimizing these flows. Share this: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Like this: Like Loading... Related https://alearningaday.com/2017/10/01/sending-audios-and-optimizing-flows-thinking-product/