first of all, let me warmly recommend to read what Xenia and Vadym wrote
in the UX testing report, also published on the blog now:
Its results and content already was discussed in longer sessions November
2018 at our in-person gathering in Kyiv. Several devs met and chatted
with the participants after the more formal UX test sessions.
Delta Chat is a deeply UX driven project.
However, lots of deeper UX discussions happen in real life conversations
and it's often hard to co-ordinate offline with online forum or
github-issue discussions. This may be frustrating or irritating if you (can) only
participate online but it's never quite possible to transfer all what's happening
offline to the online world. It's not even possible that everyone from
the developers knows about all UX considerations everywhere.
Note that our wider "physical" gatherings are quite open, the next one
is upcoming for end april (23-30th) in Kyiv again. We are working with
several well-informed and networked locals and are of course aware of
the currently happening presidential elections there ... with the final
vote to happen just two days before our gatherings starts. We have a
wide range of participants from different decentralization and e-mail
projects, with several world-class dev and UX folks, mixed with the very
interesting and complex evolving techno-social environment of Kyiv ...
for some superficial info there is a new website now:
for more and organisational info, ask on the #deltachat IRC channel or
mail xenia or me. IRC and E-Mail ... such retro much fun :) There are
both travel and accomodation possibilities if you are short on money.
FWIW, to me Kyiv feels a bit like the 90ties in Berlin btw. and it's
interesting to note that Ukraine has a big internet provider
scene -- just like in the 90ties in the West. So in retrospect,
what could have gone differently, historically, if different
developments evolved? How is it possible to preserve and multiply
diversity and retain the ability to operate infrastructures regionally
instead of depending on strong online pipes to California?
On Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 23:23 +0100, Xenia wrote:
We are finally publishing our Delta Chat User-testing report based on
our usability tests with a dozen Ukrainian journalists and NGO
activists. Since then, many things have already been improved and
implemented while other are on the way! Some of our development
priorities - such as location streaming for example - are based on tests
and discussions with our active users and contributors. This report is
part of this iteration process that we try to engage with.
I hope you will find some of the aspects of this report interesting for
your own projects, as we tried to write it in a reflexive way. We
questioned how habits related to popular secure messaging apps influence
usability expectations and create a sort of "inertia". In this regards,
in this report - and beyond - we look for ways to design better UX/UI
for decentralized messaging ecosystems and namely how to provide users
with better explanations, visualizations, phrasing of key concepts. We
hope this can be relevant for other projects seeking to convey some of
the aspects of decentralization to their users, while having to deal
with language / wording and UX "heritage" of centralized apps.
We're now one month to go from our second Kyiv gathering - currently
under the code-name "Delta Xyiv" (April 23 to May 1st) - where we will
conduct a second round of user-testing - and a real-time
Game/Test/Scavenger Hunt in the city, as well as many other happenings.
In preparation to that, we welcome any feedback on this report, as well
as on the recent developments of Delta for Android, iOS and Desktop.
Thank you in advance for all your contributions and comments!
All the best
Xenia (and Vadym)
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