Relax Sounds: How to restore lost sounds in version 1.3.3

Recently a bug was found in version 1.3.2 of Relax Sounds. An update was recently released, version 1.3.3 and if you are still experiencing issues with lost sounds the video below will show you how to get your sounds back.

Steps to follow to restore your sounds

  1. Uninstall the Relax Sounds app from your iPhone home screen
  2. Reinstall Relax Sounds: White Noise App from the iTunes App Store
  3. Open app from the iTunes App Store download page
  4. Swipe through the tour screens and make sure to tap Cancel when prompted to enter your iTunes ID
  5. From the Home screen of the app, scroll down to the bottom and tap "More Sounds"
  6. Tap on the appropriate buy button of the sound pack you have already purchased in the app. The video shows tapping on the "Buy All"
  7. When prompted, enter your Apple ID
  8. Go to your home screen to ensure all of the sounds have been added to your list

If you follow the steps above you should be able to get your sounds again in the app. Please let us know if you have any further issues. Email: sounds@brightenstudios.com

Thanks again for using Relax Sounds!

Hick's Law Applied to Application Design

Hick's Law[1], named after British psychologist William Edmund Hick, describes that the time it takes to make a decision increases as a result of the number of alternatives increase.

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A proper understanding of Hick's Law can help designers prioritize a path for their audience that helps them accomplish their task as efficiently as possible resulting in a delightful experience. If Hick's Law is avoided the danger becomes a design that includes an array of choices that the audience may not understand, resulting in confusion, frustration and an undesirable experience.

Here's a simple perspective to ponder. Why do some people prefer using their mobile app for basic, routine tasks over a desktop app with more functionality and features? Could it be that the paths that exist on mobile apps are more focused and clear? Perhaps due to their smaller form factor? This smaller form factor is but one function of constraint that forces the application designer to be more concrete about the options presented, thus presenting the user with a simpler and more clear path to take.

[1] Also known as the Hick–Hyman Law

Dieter Ramms - Ten Principles of Good Design

 

Good design:

Is innovative
The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for innovative design. But innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology, and can never be an end in itself.

Makes a product useful
A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy certain criteria, not only functional, but also psychological and aesthetic. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could possibly detract from it.

Is aesthetic
The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products are used every day and have an effect on people and their well-being. Only well-executed objects can be beautiful.

Makes a product understandable
It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product clearly express its function by making use of the user's intuition. At best, it is self-explanatory.

Is unobtrusive
Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user's self-expression.

Is honest
It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.

Is long-lasting
It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, it lasts many years – even in today's throwaway society.

Is thorough down to the last detail
Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer.

Is environmentally friendly
Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimizes physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.

Is as little design as possible
Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity.


 

Sketchbooks from the World’s Greatest Type Designers

 

Typography is an obsession for most designers. It's at the heart of all visual communication and is one of the purest forms of design, one that can always be improved and refined. Typography Sketchbooks gets into the minds of designers who create typefaces, word images and logos through their private sketchbooks. The result of these wide-ranging typographic musings provide fascinating insights into the expressive quality of letters and words. Aimed at all those who use type, whether by hand or on-screen, this pleasing compendium stresses the importance of good typography at a time when reading habits are changing and celebrates a craft that has endured for centuries. (description provided by Amazon.com)

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Amazon announces new Kindles and new browser "Silk"

Yesterday Amazon announced their new family of Kindle devices, including the all new kindle fire. Did you see the news? One interesting introduction that they made was their new browser called Silk, included on the Kindle Fire. We all know that Amazon knows architecture, they're among the best. Here's a great overview of the software architecture and thinking that went into the new Silk browser. Revolutionary?