The activity is to take a survey of my favourite and daily used apps on my mobile, tablet or laptop and identify which ones excel in both aesthetics and usability and which ones fall somewhere in-between. I don’t use many apps, so this was surprisingly difficult, but here it is –
Looks average but works well: Candy Crush, and the mail app that comes with android phones, which is simple and easy to use, but not particularly aesthetic.
Looks good and works well: Yellow Pages and Gmail.
Looks great but doesn’t work well: the Bamboo Paper app. The colour menu thing pops up at the drop of a hat whenever I’m trying to sketch something, and it keeps force closing. That could just be the iPad, but it’s irritating nonetheless.