In 2015 I launched an iOS app called Issues. And boy did it have a lot of issues when it launched. Jokes aside, Issues is the first app I’ve architected and designed from scratch. The app helps comic book fans track comic books they own or want, helps them make lists, and helps new readers discover great comics. I’m working on version 2.0 of the app right now and hope to launch a juicy update by Fall 2016. For this showcase, I’ve only listed improvements I’ve made to version 2.0 of the app.
ISSUES version 1.0 had a heavy focus on discovering comic books versus collecting them. Users complained that it wasn’t easy for them to create and browse their collection. Well, fine! The new (Version 2.0) Home screen dives users right into their comic collection while hiding a few discovery features. Users can browse their collection, see when new issues from their favorite comics become available, and share titles with friends.
While ISSUES 2.0 is more collection focused, I’ve pushed one of the app’s core features to the surface. Tags are still around, allowing users to describe a comic book to new readers. Displayed atop the comic’s landing screen, tags can be voted up and down, making them more or less relevant to the comic and making it easier for new readers to find comics of interest quickly.
ISSUES version 1.0 didn’t let users select multiple issues within a title. This was especially difficult for comic book fans who owned over a hundred issues in a single title. I’ve fixed this in version 2.0, allowing users to bulk add and edit issues in their collection.
I've updated the app's profile screen to let users choose a secret (or not so secret) identity for themselves through their favorite comic book / pop culture characters. You can see more characters at instagram.com/justdiagnosed.