Snapchat’s first investor explains why the app is so confusing to use (SNAP)

Snapchat app

One of the longstanding criticisms of Snapchat is that the app is
confusing and not very intuitive to use.

Snapchat’s parent company, Snap Inc., even went so far as to
a guide on how to use the app in its public offering paperwork
with the SEC

The reason Snapchat can feel hard to understand happens to be the
same reason it’s popular with younger people, according to
Snapchat’s first investor,
Jeremy Liew of Lightspeed Ventures

In a comment
on a recent Medium post titled
“Why Snapchat’s Design is Deliberately Confusing,”
explained that Snapchat’s design “is confusing to some because it
breaks traditional metaphors and conventions for app design.
Hence it is confusing to those who are expecting those

“But to those who do not come in with any expectations about ‘how
an app should work’, it isn’t confusing at all,” he continued.
“In fact, it is MORE intuitive because it takes a fresh look at
UI from first principles, rather than starting with established
metaphor. And because it is more intuitive, it rewards those who
use the app heavily.”

here are the five main screens that comprise snapchat

are the five main screens that comprise Snapchat. Each is
accessible with a swipe.

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Snapchat is touting its youthful appeal and high engagement
metrics — like being opened 18 times per day on average — as

it prepares for a blockbuster IPO
. The app’s design is a key
Snapchat for to keep its young users addicted, according to Liew.

“This is why Snapchat found an initial user base with teens;
those with the least expectation for what UI ‘should’ look like,
and those who use it the most,” he said.

Snapchat’s “unfolded cube” design, as Liew put it, is a different
take on how to navigate an app. Instead of using a menu button or
drop-down, you simply swipe in any direction to move between
different parts of the app.

If you’re interested in Snapchat’s design,
Liew’s full comment
and the original
“Why Snapchat’s Design is Deliberately Confusing” article
references are both worth a read.

from SAI