Now that my General Assembly class is over, I’m looking for ways to continue learning how to create great user experiences. Being able to articulate strengths and weaknesses from a UX perspective is something I’m working on, so I decided to try a new thing and see how it goes. Each week, I’ll do a short post about a great (or not so great) experience I had as a user and talk about what made it that way.
In my opinion, intuitiveness is what makes Treehouse a really good experience. (By the way, nobody’s giving me any incentive to say any of this.) I never had to read a manual on how to use Treehouse, or consult any FAQ section. The visual cues on the site were enough to show me around the first time I visited the site. Here are four other navigation elements that make the platform enjoyable to use:
1.Overall progress tracking
For the most part, I’m not a fan of gamification. It just makes me feel like I’m being manipulated for some reason. (I can’t stand fitness tracking apps for this reason.) But I actually do enjoy seeing my points increase and the composition of the doughnut chart change as I complete more courses on Treehouse.
Having that information right there at the top right is cool too, because it makes me feel accomplished and it’s something I probably wouldn’t go looking for otherwise.
2.Progress tracking within the course
It’s nice to have the little checkmarks that indicate you’ve completed a section and the icons that indicate a video, a code challenge, or a quiz is coming up.
3.Indication of time commitment
Along that same line, it’s cool to be able to hover over a play button icon and see how long a video is. Do I need to brace myself for a 10-minute explanation of arrays and loops, or is it just a three-minute explanation? My question is answered immediately.
4.Progress tracking for the day
As I said previously, I’m not a fan of gamification for the most part, but I’ve been known to stick around for an extra video or two in order to move that line chart that’s documenting my progress for the day. Maybe it’s the suggestion to keep up the momentum that’s motivating me as well?