With this question, I tried remembering the most used products of my month, but since they usually keep on changing based on my requirements I tried thinking deeper about products that I wonder how I would have survived without them. One of the top most is Google Maps.

The first…

Auto-play reduces effort of clicking the video to start or checkout, which can also lead to more user engagement, but with auto-sound there might be an uncomfortable situation based on the area, mood, content priority, etc. Thus, it is better to have a with/without sound option, e.g. the video can auto-play without sound and the user can click on sound button to unmute.

And for further decisions, metrics can be checked based on user’s past activity/interaction, if the company is investing on analytics ground.

Building a “minimum lovable product” was originally coined in 2013 by Henrik Kniberg in his overview of the product development process at Spotify. Picture: https://academy.nobl.io/start-with-a-skateboard-how-spotify-builds-products/

This puts us into questioning and deciding if certain features are required at certain stages and their impacts.

One product that I use regularly happen to implement monthly design changes(most importantly new usable/essential features) and I am usually in awe. This made me look up and follow Swiggy’s design team’s Saptarshi Prakash. With it’s narrowing down of new features e.g. health hub, it could reach the customers looking for healthier versions or focus on nutrition, while collaborating with nutritionists and expanding more takeaway options. It’s usability and aesthetics make it likeable, e.g. design of a Santa delivery person riding a two-wheeler during Christmas(motion design).

Passengers: Sumitabh and Anindita

I see you, O unfortunate
Standing in poverty’s chains.
You have none to go to
Nor have any claims.
I see you everyday
Whenever I go out,
But ’tis criminal of me
Not to hear your silent shout.
I see you toil and struggle
I see you earn hard
But yet you are a muggle
An illiterate…

Tripura rural projects, in partnership with Tripura State Rifles

Jibon majhi’ (in bengali or bangla)
A small child rowing his boat along the melancholic water of the Dumboor Lake, Tripura, breaking the silence of the otherwise dull day, a view very rare…

Clicked by ‘Sumitabh DebNath Fotograffia’
Passengers: Anindita Bhowmik and Sumitabh Debnath (core members)
Location: Amarpur, Tripura, India (North-east)

Originally published at http://powerthroughthelens.wordpress.com on August 22, 2014.

The Hookah Lady; a rural travel project through Tripura State Rifles

This is one of the rarest moments that can be captured only when one goes into the remotest of the tribal villages of Tripura(Northeast India). This picture was taken during our visit to Bhagirath Reang Para of Gandacherra subdivision, Dhalai, Tripura. People in these villages use bamboo hookah as they have very little access to cigarettes or bidis. The picture is a special one for us because of the subject: in a state like Tripura, the scene of a lady relishing on a hookah, would otherwise be considered a taboo!

Picture by Sumitabh Debnath
Nikon D5100 | f/4.2 | 1/60 | 720

Anindita Bhowmik

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