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This Is My Jam - a well-designed, responsive web application

This Is My Jam is a music app that lets users share one song at a time with others. If there’s a song that you absolutely love right now and want to the world to know about it (which I often do), you can select the song, post it to your page and tell the world ‘this is my jam!’. Not only is the app’s value unique but the user experience is good, specifically when it comes to choosing a new jam. 

First of all, the app is responsive, slightly changing the layout of screens according to users’ device sizes. This is important because it delivers a consistent experience from web to mobile (without having to learn or download a separate native app) while the folks at This Is My Jam only have to maintain one web experience that adapts to users’ devices (that is, they don’t have to manage a web AND native mobile experience and all it entails). 

And this isn’t just some responsive web site where the content shifts around - this is a web application, folks, and it’s not easy to do. Web applications (compared to web sites) have a lot more functionality sometimes needing to support complex end to end processes, playlist management, purchasing things, etc. - much easier to achieve on a large screen. That’s why most of the articles about responsive out there tend to talk about it in the context of content and not actually having the user do too much work.

This Is My Jam does a great job of getting the user through a somewhat complex process - choosing a new jam, which has a lot of options along the way including search, multiple styling options, and previewing/sharing to a social feed. And it uses casual (not system-driven) language along the way (like a button labeled 'Yes, Looking Good') that resonates and fits well with the fun in posting a jam. Well done!

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