The lack of design of essentials.io
I wanted to design a surprisingly simple experience. To push the user towards action in the least exhausting way possible.
I ended up removing the concept of registration and signing in. Facebook Connect is a jarring experience, and one that I only like when it saves me considerable time. The sign up flows thusly: upload a photograph, enter your email address.
In previous iterations I had referred to the photograph as an “image” – calling it a photograph, whilst habitually annoying, made the entire thing feel more tight.
After this, you’re live. You’re redirected to the private (annotating) url, where you can explain your photograph through annotations. This url is also emailed to you, but the delightful thing is that if in the future you wish to amend your...