February 21, 2017

Talking PWAs at UX Camp Brighton

Next month I'm running a short session at UX Camp Brighton introducing and discussing progressive web apps (PWAs).

This will be a collaborative session in which we plan out and discuss ways to improve the user experience of existing websites through progressively enhancing them to become comparable to a native app, or even, better than a native app!

Iโ€™ll be introducing some common characteristics of PWAs such as:

  • Availabilty offline/poor quality connections (utilising ServiceWorkers)
  • Discoverability in search engines (via Manifest)
  • Re-engagement through push notifications
  • Installability adding a home screen icon

A few topics of conversation that might arise from this process could include:

  • To what extent do the UI features of your PWA match those of the userโ€™s platform versus a separately designed UI?
  • Should you convert the entire website into a PWA or keep a separate version to serve desktop users?
  • What UI features of native apps would you like โ€ฆand could feasibly incorporate into a PWA?

I hope from this session that together we learn what benefits, limitations and challenges there are in designing PWAs.

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