Beam, a new reddit iOS app(

almost 6 years ago from Marco Sousa, Product Designer @ Facebook

  • Lewis FludeLewis Flude, almost 6 years ago

    I'm glad you made this, and I'll be giving it a try. Love the icon for starters!

    I think there are some questionable design decisions behind Alien Blue and generally, it feels really bloated and sluggish.

    Take this example:

    2 points
    • David van LeeuwenDavid van Leeuwen, almost 6 years ago

      Thanks Lewis.

      Alien Blue is awesome and offers a lot of great features. We on the other hand, as the new kid on the block, want to offer a simple and easy to use reddit client, with features Alien Blue hasn't covered (like discovering subreddits).

      Any suggestions you have to improve Beam would be helpful!

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      • Andy LeeAndy Lee, almost 6 years ago

        Hey there David, this app looks fantastic so far after just a few minutes of using it.

        One quick usability nice-to-have that I would suggest: When you're scrolled down a page, double-tapping the "home" or "beam" icon should scroll you back up to the top of the respective pages.

        This is expected behavior for most iOS apps, I believe, and you can see it at work in the Twitter app, if you want an example.

        Another thing I'm curious about is how you're generating the header images for specific subreddits. I visited the Dota 2 subreddit and the header was a screenshot of a Steam review, which wasn't very good-looking or useful. I know it's a lot of work, but maybe you should think about curating those header images for the bigger subreddits to make sure that they're relevant.

        Another nice-to-have is the ability to see your account karma. It'd be a nice touch!

        Best of luck with the app, it'll be my daily driver for a bit while I test things out! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Ed AdamsEd Adams, almost 6 years ago

      +1 on Alien Blue's weirdness. In particular, that part of the UI is laughably terrible and I'm a bit surprised Apple even let it through. I believe "poorly designed" is one of their criteria for denying apps.

      I'll give this new client a whirl then, why not?

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      • Rick KhannaRick Khanna, almost 6 years ago

        I have seen much more poorly designed than that get through.

        But that diagonal bar is the worst. I'm a lefty and even on lefty mode it puts them all vertically down the right. What? I have the turn Classic UI on in the settings.

        Even that Reddit AMA app seems way over designed.

        1 point
        • Lewis FludeLewis Flude, almost 6 years ago

          Both Alien Blue and Reddit AMA seems to have been designed in an incredibly unconsidered way. Certain inconsistencies make both those apps feel amateurish, and in addition there are certain aesthetic decisions which I really dislike for a variety of reasons.

          That cheap feeling when something is made different for the sake of "making it pop". However, I don't believe Reddit (as a company) value design that much (as evident with their simple, yet inconsistent UI). I don't have a problem with this, as I believe the undesigned feel that Reddit has comprises a huge part of it's identity.

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        • Chris ColemanChris Coleman, almost 6 years ago


          The diagonal bar is not the worst. The arrow button to close things is the worst.

          Alien Blue has completely lost me.

          2 points