Quartz for iPhone

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Ryan Hoover — Product Hunt
With so many news apps, it's refreshing to see Quartz try something new. This follow the increasing trend toward conversational UI's (see @chrismessina's #ConvComm collection).

Curious to hear how you decided to go in this direction, @_dlee, @zseward, @stimply.
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Zach Seward — VP of product, Quartz
When Quartz launched in 2012, we put most of our effort on mobile, knowing that's how most of our readers would get their news soon enough. But we pointedly avoided building a native app because we felt the web was better suited for the way people read and share news *articles.* If we were going to do a native app, it wouldn't be a replica of our website. It would be something different and more truly native to the phone.

That's what we've tried to do with this app. We wanted to experiment with some very clear trends in mobile: messaging, notifications, bots. Think of the app as a playground for some of those concepts. This note to readers talks more about what the hell we are thinking and acknowledges some inspirations: http://qz.com/613700
Hash_tag_jeff — Book Marketing and PR - get in touch
@zseward Congrats! This is amazing. Digit or Magic for the News.
Milan vd Bovenkamp ♠ — Enabling conversations with Wildcard 🃏
@zseward seriously, amazingly simple idea, fresh approach. Nicely done. Luckily there are more attractive and interactive new ways to bring news, as the Snapchat way makes me feel like a zombie staring at MTV on a poststamp.

Are you considering multiple conversations as well, as you want to bring different news to different people (you're not really doing that on Quartz, I know, but: ) because mobile is more personal...?
Chris Messina ✁_____ — Developer Experience Lead at @Uber
@zseward @rrhoover: quoting myself: And receiving notifications from bots is to be expected, rather than avoided, because users have been conditioned to receive them from their friends. While you may have bristled when that news app alerted you to “new stories”, you might appreciate a particularly friendly newsbot delivering a personalized recommendation with context that you uniquely care about.
Saab — Maker
@zseward This is so creative, Im kinda of a news junkie and I really love this app, especially love the use of emoji there, theyre hilarious
Kevin Reape — Marketing Assistant, Mizzou
I do like that it's something new, and it was fun this morning, but I can't imagine people using this to get their news this way long-term. It takes way too long. But, if they are better than USA Today at determining what is actually breaking news for notifications, I will never uninstall.
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Zach Seward — VP of product, Quartz
We'll take it! 😄
Corey O — Senior Product Manager at Madison Reed
@kevinreape It does take very long. I think there's some opportunity to blend the messaging format more with an article format within the app. Perhaps, they're working on an in app article view ala Instant Article. I also second the "determining what's breaking news" That's why I really enjoy Notify by Facebook. Great as a minimal app for breaking news.
Tim Herbig — Product Manager @XING
Woah, so impressive! Am already hooked on this new approach of getting news.
Ouriel Ohayon — appsfire, CEO/ isai (VC) co-founder
Am i the only one not to be impressed? sure it 's cool but it seems to me a slow way to get new you can get in a much faster way by reading headlines of any news app?
Kevin Reape — Marketing Assistant, Mizzou
@ourielohayon Exactly my thoughts. Their app usage on this is probably going to plummet in the first week.
Ethan Kaplan — CPO - Digital of Fender Music
Hate to be the hater, but this is the most useless use of a conversational interface I've used. Not everything needs the latest in UI paradigms.
Ryan Hoover — Product Hunt
@ethank I'm also not convinced this is the best interface to consume news but I appreciate the creativity and willingness to try something new. I appreciate those that try to do things different from the rest, even if it's not "successful".
Ethan Kaplan — CPO - Digital of Fender Music
@rrhoover I appreciate creativity that is innovative, not that is following the latest du jour bandwagon in tech interfaces. It's kind of like everyone going for "flat" interfaces, even when not necessary. Just because its a thing doesn't mean it needs to be YOUR thing. There are and were a lot of things like this: activity feeds, realtime web tech, flat design, folksonomies / tag clouds, etc.

In the end I don't actually think its all that creative. It's just a reborn SmarterChild.
Ryan Hoover — Product Hunt
@ethank BRING BACK THE TAG CLOUDS!

I hear what you're saying. Trending chasing alone doesn't lead to a great product.
Adam Kazwell — Product manager/observer
@ethank @rrhoover had a strong negative initial reaction to this too...BUT a strong reaction in any direction is usually a good starting point for new apps :)
Ethan Kaplan — CPO - Digital of Fender Music
@rrhoover Usually they just serve as an example of why the trend is potentially a bad idea (see aforementioned tag clouds)
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Sebastian Blaga — co-founder, akum
News as a conversation really works, kinda like talking to a well-informed friend. This is a nice addition to their daily mail.
Alex Manthei — Product Designer at Lyst
This has such a good on-boarding flow! "Great. You'll get a pop-up asking for permission." http://imgur.com/B3P9YNN
Scott Broughton — Designer & Head of Mobile @ Netsells.
I have a question - did you guys have any trouble getting through Apple's review process with that UI? We've been rejected in the past for having UI that Apple deemed to replicate iOS system functionality (they claimed it would be misleading to users). In our case it was the phone call UI; in your case, Quartz has clearly been designed to look like the iMessage interface, despite it not being a messaging service.

Love the concept of the app - just wondered if you'd had similar troubles, or if we were just unlucky!
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Zach Seward — VP of product, Quartz
Thanks! Yeah, we did not have any trouble with that.
Jaime Macias — Product @boost.
Chat as an interface +1
sri — Founder of Twittume
@jmacias did i read slack?
Evan Knight — Founder, designer @yodel
I read Quartz daily so this is awesome to see and play with, but probably too slow for daily use. Would be nice to scan all the headlines without having to press next, and then get more info about each one if you wanted to chat. Will be fun to watch how it evolves.
Clark Wimberly — UX Designer
Since it looks/works a lot like chat, have you thought about making a plain ol' SMS service? So users with _any_ phone can play along?
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Zach Seward — VP of product, Quartz
Have thought about it. Could be a bit too sluggish over SMS, would be our concern. But definitely want to offer something for any platform that makes sense.
LukaVida — Product/UX design for hire, ex @FiveNYC
@zseward — What about testing the concept through FB messenger/Whatsapp/similar before building the app? Would that help test what people feel about this kind of news experience? cc @clarklab
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Zach Seward — VP of product, Quartz
It's not really possible, at least in the same way. I'm sure that will evolve, though.
Heiko Scherer — CEO
A fresh, new approach to news consumption finally.. well done! Wonder where this can lead to..
Matt Hamlin — Student, Building Dollar (@usedollar)
I've only been using this for a few minutes now but this is amazing, have there ever been any thoughts about doing something like this on the web @zseward?

Also I can't wait for an android version of the app also!
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Zach Seward — VP of product, Quartz
I don't honestly think this would work as well on the web in its precise form, but certainly elements of it could, and we're looking at all options, including Android.
Corey O — Senior Product Manager at Madison Reed
@zseward You're right that messaging within the browser is a tough build. Alternatively, have you considered how a lot of people use iMessage on our desktops? It's honestly one of the easiest way to share and converse around specific news articles with friends.
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Zach Seward — VP of product, Quartz
That's a good point.
Akshay Bharwani — Just a Student, for now.
Just looks fantastic! waiting for an Android version!
Chris Oslund — Makes shiny (often) digital things
Very cool design! Are you guys segmenting users based on which things they say 'Next' to? I'd be cool if Quartz got better and better at leading with the stories I care about most.
Johnathan Butler — CEO, CrowdRapport
Yes! Finally! An INTERESTING news app!
Mark Justin Harvey — product designer @QuickTapSurvey
The onboarding is truly something special. Totally reimagined what it can and should be. I can't remember exactly when onboarding ended and I started using the product. I've been thinking about onboarding screen for a while, glad to see somebody did something different with them.
Brrrr. — Designer
Have to wait and see to know if it will be useful and if it really change my News consumer habits or not. But I'm really glad to see, from Quartz again, something new (and pretty cool) in the news application area. The web (and all medias) are invaded with more and more news and buzz, so building a new way to deliver and to tell stories is in advance a great challenge. So thanks @zseward and his team for this product 👌
Nicolas Kneler — Head of Product, Hinch.as
Beautiful onboarding experience, and original product. Kudos!
Such an easy interface, but nevertheless so brilliantly made! :) Love it!
Luis Mendo — Luis Mendo
Have read Qz for a while and it's my only news source. This app is a bold move and a very good one. Congrats to the makers.
Still can't make up my mind if I like this form or not. I see some clear pros and cons though such as:
1. Really like how I can get the gist of the article without having to read the complete article or hunt for the main piece of information
2. The interaction feels very slow. Scanning multiple headlines at once vs reading one by one.
3. Logical path based on the user input could open new interaction ways such, if I were to tap on "this is interesting" on a particular point, it could suggest other related points and then take me to those articles.

But definitely pretty interesting take on the news and I do see potential in this style of interaction in news related domains.
Mark Pecota — Launching products @ LaunchBoom.com
I've been using this for the past two days and found myself disappointed when there was nothing else to chat about. Great execution on this new concept to digesting headlines.
Edouard Morhange — Founder, storyplayr
I don't know if it's an efficient way for us that already read newspapers, blogs, social media, etc... but it's certainly a great way to inform my teenager kids with quality content, in a fun way.
Mohit — Senior Software Engineer , AppDynamics
Interesting Concept
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