Human narrated daily audio news
Mobile app design
News anxiety caused by clickbait
I interviewed over 20 news junkies, podcast enthusiasts, audiobook aficionados, and informed citizens.
The current news offering has a problem of clickbait, hyperbole, and sensationalism. To the user, the constant dire urgency is unnerving and anxiety inducing. Podcasts and audiobooks feel more calm, long term focused, nuanced, and intimate.
A zen-like experience of listening to real news
I designed and developed an iOS app that streams human-read audio narrations of popular news and magazines such as Wired, Time, HuffPost, TechCrunch, Reuters, Slate, Mashable, and more.
The U.S. audiobook market had more than 67 million Americans listening to audiobooks in 2016, growing at roughly 33% year over year. The main competitors were Audible, an audiobook subsidiary of Amazon, Scribd, an audio content subscription business, and AUDM, a y-combinator backed audio news startup.