The Waze app is the best directions app I’ve ever downloaded. It’s simple and elegant interface is the first thing that attracted me to it. The logo, seeming to resemble a chat bubble on wheels, is interesting within itself. The chat bubble makes sense though, being that Waze is really built on user feedback and is great about providing different means of aiding its users. I feel like the app as a whole was designed for the user as a whole; ┬ábeing that it has other features like creating music playlists and carpooling. Waze also lets users know the “ideal” time to leave based on current and predicted traffic patterns. Everything in the app is really user friendly; the bold labels and various icons make the app super easy to understand. The way the map on the app is displayed reminds me a bit of Snapchat, and how users can see their friends on the map. In Waze users can see each other, their speed limit, message them, and even beep; which I’m not sure how I feel about, but it’s a feature I’ve never seen in any other navigation app.

Rewinding back to Waze’s interface, I think it’s important to note its usage of cool colors throughout the app. The app is introduced with a light blue palette, that’s carried throughout the app’s navigation. All of the other colors used are pastels or muted, so everything maintains a calming mood. I also feel like the usage of shadows is pretty cool, especially with such simple graphics.

Discussion — 3 Responses

  • Sakshi Gupta 01/31/2020 on 9:07 PM

    I have heard so much about the Waze app recently that I feel I have to download and start using it. In fact, one can record their voice if you don’t like the voice that gives you commands. It is good for people who have anxiety or people who generally like hearing their loved ones’ voices that can calm them. Overall great job pointing out the interface and features of the application!

  • Haohao Yu 02/27/2020 on 10:53 AM

    I love Waze app! I used it all the time. When I first downloaded it, I immediately fell in love with the neat page and user-friendly features. Not only it can give you an alert on accidents and other information regarding traffic updates, but it can also give you alternative route options when Waze realizes there are other faster routes it will ask if you want to change the route. This is really convenient and helpful.
    Also, I think you should mention that the users can select their own “character”, some are just simple one cute car icons, but some are cute animals like cats. So it adds a little more fun to the app.
    Thank you for letting others know about Waze, and I think you did a great job talking about the features.

  • Emily Perry 03/31/2020 on 10:21 PM

    I agree completely Nakyrah, the logo for the app, an apparent message bubble with wheels, is indicative of the apps reliance on users enhancing the app. It works in a sort of social way which is indicated by the apps icon. The social aspect supports users making gps directions more accurate by empowering users to indicate hazards that maybe encountered during your travel. The app also has soft etches and an almost cartoon like appearance which makes use more visually appealing than comparable apps. When debating which app to download, initially, I chose Waze because of the apps appearance, only later to discover it was a hidden gem. I have been using the app for quite some time now and it just keeps getting better and better. I would most definitely recommend Waze to anyone thinking about using it!

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