I love this!
- You gave me my local radio station without requiring me to log in.
- I can browse radio programs while I read the news.
- I like how your handle ads, too. Big version during the audio ad, small version afterwards.
- I get it now, but it was a little confusing on the first run...”does clicking this open a new page, or play audio?” “Oh, it opens a side panel.”
- You should add support for desktop notifications! Alert me of the show title when the next program starts.
- I was about to be mad when searching stopped the audio. Really glad you threw in the “resume” features when the page needs to reload.
- Any integration with NPR One would be cool. “Send to NPR One App” button or Handoff support.
Keep up the amazing work!
Thank you for the kind words, Elliott!
I'll talk to the team about desktop notifications! We haven't thought of that yet, but that would be super helpful when listening to the player in a background tab. We're working on NPR One integration! Keep an eye out for that in the next couple of weeks.
Very nice upgrade, however I find it a bit lacking in information when you play an album instead of clicking "Play All Tracks". Playing an Album it ONLY shows the name of the album as far as I can tell, not the artist or the current track. But when you click through to the album and click "Play All" above the track list, you get details for each track.
Thanks Mattan! I think this is a bug. I've added it to our punchlist. Should be fixed in the next couple of days.
Awesome, I should probably have sent it to you guys!
NPR's memorial service for the old audio player: https://twitter.com/nprmusic/status/714826971184816128
I'm not going to lie... some things kind of bug me.
Everything seems to be muted blue when you're in a show page. Headlines are muted blue, navigation is muted blue, and even the play buttons for each bit of audio is muted blue. At a glance, it's super hard to grasp the visual hierarchy. I'd love to see "play" buttons stand out more at a minimum.
Something about the type being used isn't very crisp (I'm using Safari). It's like everything is bolded. Are you using Lato? I had this problem with Lato once on a site.
The show pages feel a bit rough to me. They look TOO dynamically generated via content blocks or the like. A lot of these shows have a little soul... and it's missing here. The color scheme doesn't help. Maybe a more visceral main image for each show at the top or some sweet bio shots of the hosts would really help the pages feel more... human?
Overall...sweet work... don't want to be a total debbie-downer here... I think it's awesome progress!
Hi Benjamin! Thanks for the feedback.
As you can imagine, we did some pretty serious usability testing for a launch this huge. We found in testing that users weren't having any trouble finding the play controls and that the color we're using for primary actions are making sense to people. That being said, I'm sure we'll have the opportunity in the future to rethink our color palette and we'll keep your feedback in mind when we do that.
We've had some bugs in the past around font anti-aliasing and this might be related to that. Our font stack on NPR.org includes a few weights of Gotham, Knockout, Georgia & Helvetica so I don't think it's a Lato specific problem. I'll flag this as a bug for us to take a look at anyhow.
As far as the show pages go, we have some stories in the coming cycles to take a look at the visual design of those pages.
Thanks again for the feedback and keep an eye out in the next few weeks for more improvements!
That's great man! I'll be the FIRST to acknowledge that data/results are far more important than assumption. Good luck!