Completed

:art:

Major web app redesign

This one has been long due, but it’s tricky to prioritise redesigns amid the hectic scramble to add new features, integrations, and keep the mobile apps up to date. It’s hard to keep everyone happy. Nonetheless, sometime soon we’ll need to step back and take a long look at how to make the web app more helpful and useful. This will include things like new navigation, search, and new ways of displaying data, like historical views. We’ll also have another go at prioritising your more interesting or unique correlations, and hiding the common ones.

24 votes

Tagged as Design

Created 02 September 2017 by Josh Sharp

Moved into Completed 01 June

  • Sign in to comment. Sign in with Google
  • avatar
    James Wilcox

    I would really just like access to all my historical data, so I can compare metrics beyond just the past 30 days. More columns in the current graph with sideways scrolling would be all I need.

    Correlations are often very obvious (e.g. Your weight is higher after you get fewer steps.) and I’d prefer to be able to see trends in all metrics with all the history available.

    If I can see that my steps started declining, I ate more calories, and it was cool and rainy then it would make a lot more sense why I gained weight in the fall compared to the summer.

    23 November 2017
  • avatar
    David Negrin

    Really looking forward to the Web App redesign and new features. I already like the Web App so much I use it on my mobile instead of the app.

    15 January
  • avatar
    Josh Sharp

    Yeah, as part of this we’ll be working out the best way to get more stuff into the mobile apps 😊

    17 January
  • avatar
    Adrian Rădulescu

    Will this update include something like an interface to access old personal data?

    I don’t really see the point of editing short diary entries every day for example, if I can’t actually review them later down the line. Knowing what my thoughts were or what happened on the same day 3 years ago for example (if I do have that data in the app) would be very useful to me.

    From what I can tell, you can only see data from the last 7 days (beside the current) at any time.

    19 January
  • avatar
    Belle B. Cooper

    The redesign will include some historical browsing options. We also have a feature already that shows your mood from this day one year ago, once you have enough data. In future we’re thinking about making this feature work differently so you don’t need to wait a whole year to get the benefit of it.

    19 January
  • avatar
    Josh Sharp

    You can browse any past day from the Mood tab currently. There’s a calendar picker that lets you go back as far as you like.

    20 January
  • avatar
    Shem Freeze

    Any update on when the new design might start rolling out?

    23 January
  • avatar
    Josh Sharp

    When it’s done! It’s still very much in progress. It doesn’t say “tiny web app redesign”, after all.

    24 January
  • avatar
    David Negrin

    Still we’re you’re faithful beta testers, ready to help you get it in shape.

    24 January
  • avatar
    Shem Freeze

    :) Its true.

    24 January
  • avatar
    Mazdak Momen

    Curious if you guys have thought about changing in some way the input for custom tags? I’m currently tracking around 300 tags right now (I’d venture at least 40% are not helpful, but which ones I don’t know yet), and finding it hard to manage it all.

    06 March
  • avatar
    Josh Sharp

    I’m pretty sure that you’re quite an outlier here so this isn’t something we’re going to be addressing. Our advice generally is to start with way, way fewer, each one having some clear meaning to you, and gradually build them up.

    06 March
  • avatar
    R M

    curious how you guys are doing your prioritisaion - there are other features with higher votes that are older in the suggestion queue - wouldn’t you draw more users by having more functionality if we’re not voting on the web-based interface ? understand it has to be done at some point- but there are basic features waiting that have been outstanding longer with more votes

    25 March
  • avatar
    Belle B. Cooper

    While votes are important for helping us understand how many users would benefit from a particular feature or integration, we also have lots of other information to take into account when prioritising our work. For instance, direct feedback from users via social media or email, and our annual survey are both useful for gathering feedback. We also use automated emails for new users to request feedback on their experience. On top of all user feedback, we have to make decisions at the end of the day that we’re comfortable with in terms of where we want Exist to go in the future. Sometimes a request may be very popular among users but not fit with our plans for Exist. Other times users may not vote for a new feature because they don’t understand the benefits of it, but we know that it will improve lots of areas we’ve had feedback on in the past.

    The web redesign fits into this last category. Working from direct feedback and our annual surveys, we’ve been able to identify areas where Exist could be more useful and more user-friendly, and ways to take better advantage of the features and integrations we already have. The redesign will improve the experience for lots of users, and we’re confident it’s worth prioritising.

    Hope that helps explain it! Feel free to learn more about our most recent annual survey results here, too: http://blog.hellocode.co/post/exist-survey-2017/

    25 March
  • avatar
    Josh Sharp

    Update: well, I think I’ve been too ambitious in trying to roll all of the planned changes into one update. It’s taking too long. I’m now going to try to get out what’s done and nearly done as soon as possible, leaving a second chunk to come later. This means ability to rate and hide correlations, and the historical dashboard browsing are planned for release soon, but other changes like multi-day correlations will come later. Sorry everyone.

    22 April
  • avatar
    Tom Cohen

    @Josh I think it would be helpful if there was some breakdown of what changes are planned under “Major web app redesign”. We understand the general gist of it, but a more detailed list could better communicate the size of the task and help with communicating how far along you are in its development. Just a suggestion from a new user seeing something considered “in progress” for six months. :)

    23 May
  • avatar
    Josh Sharp

    Yeah, totally fair. Given I’ve split it into smaller features, some of which are coming soon and some that are pushed back, I’ll add the current lot under in-progress to clarify.

    23 May
  • avatar
    David Negrin

    I’m interested too, now that you’re going to more of small but rolling updates policy. I think as a premium member it will feel like more aggregate rewards.

    23 May
  • avatar
    Josh Sharp

    We’ve tried to keep to small regular updates in general, and have done that successfully for years — now the one time I’ve broken that policy, it’s backfired 😅 I’ve updated the list with some specific tasks btw.

    24 May
  • avatar
    Tom Cohen

    Brilliant, thanks Josh!

    And no worries, as a fellow dev I can sympathize. Scoping is hard.

    24 May
  • avatar
    Josh Sharp

    The first part of the redesign is now done! I hope you enjoy it. Please email us if you have any issues or feedback.

    01 June
  • avatar
    Tom Cohen

    Congrats!! :)

    01 June
  • avatar
    David Negrin

    Josh, it looks beautiful. Can’t wait to start working with it.

    01 June
  • avatar
    Josh Sharp

    Thank you friends :)

    02 June