Welcome to Nice UX Design: a celebration of the small details found in products that elevate them and make them greater than the sum of their parts.
Each issue features some examples of nice details from the digital and physical worlds, along with the occasional not-so-nice detail where things could have been improved.
Automatic effects in iMessage
In Apple's iMessage you can add effects like lasers and fireworks to your messages. But did you know that they're automatically added to your message if you type certain phrases? For example, sending 'Congratulations!' adds confetti, and 'Happy New Year' adds fireworks.
Check out Gadget Hacks for a full list of all the possible triggers.
Notifications in Overcast
Overcast is a podcast app for iOS. It has a lot of neat small details, and I really love how this microcopy subtly puts you off from turning on notification badges with some gentle humour. Sure, you could turn it on, but why add extra stress to your life?