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Through the Bitshares Foundation, I have created a worker proposal for improving the Bitshares Light Wallet User Interface. The proposal covers 3 people for 6 months at a rate of $150,000. Please review, and if you support this effort scheduled to begin on August 14 and end on February 14, please vote within your Bitshares or Openledger Wallet. If you have chosen a proxy instead, contact your proxy and ask them to vote for it. (Be sure to click "Publish Changes" after adding your vote).

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The BitShares GUI has a great deal of functionality, so much that it can
be overwhelming for new users to grasp. Some users expect it to simply
hold their funds securely and allow for transfers while others require
the full power of the exchange, voting, asset creation etc.

The goal of assembling this team is to better understand the various use
cases for BitShares and, based upon that information, craft an improved
user experience.


There are many opinions across the BitShares community about what is
most important. These opinions vary due to the broad range of individual
capabilities. Some users want to see new features developed as soon as
possible while others would like to see a refined user interface with
reliable, less ambiguous controls and helpful documentation. It's our
goal as a team to listen to everyone and make decisions based upon what
we hear from the community.


At the core, we plan to start with bugs. Bugs cause unexpected behavior
and unexpected behavior is particularly vexing with a financial

Low Hanging Fruit

This represents features or tweaks that improve the application with little effort. By focusing on low hanging fruit, we can drastically improve the UI for many people very quickly and cross these items off the to-do list.

Application Consistency

Tables, dropdowns, form fields, modals, fonts, icons, colors. We plan to
seek community comment via github issues and mock ups to propose
consistent ways to view all of the current information available in the
BitShares Wallet.

In some cases, this simply means we will alter a table to fit into an
accepted style. We may propose to merge two separate views into one if
it's discovered that they contain related information. Along the way,
the goal is to create a flow that most people will find intuitive.


We have a goal to ensure that most features in the BitShares wallet are
intuitive with additional guides and information available for those who
need additional assistance.

Development Cost

Currently, updates to the bitshares-ui are handled by Sigve Kvalsvik
(@svk). We have included the BitShares Foundation on this proposal in
order to increase the surface area for code review, testing and
acceptance as well as facilitate payments in bitUSD. This proposal is
intended to increase the budget for making improvements to the BitShares
client and establish a more formal and ongoing effort towards the
development effort. If successful, our hope is that the improvements

  1. enhance the experience for existing users
  2. streamline the existing on-boarding and funding pathways for new users
  3. set a precedent for the method of reporting issues
  4. establish a release timeline with issues and milestones
  5. manage the communication process w.r.t. why some features are accepted and others are not
  6. establish automated tests to decrease the likelihood of returning bugs.


Sigve Kvalsvik

  • Role: React Dev, Release Management, Code Review
  • Development Experience: Maintainer of BitShares-UI for a long time
    already, funded by multiple workers previously, creator of during BitShares 1, long-term member and developer
    in the bitshares community, maintainer of bitsharesjs.
  • Platforms / Languages: NodeJS, React, Angular, and others

Calvin Froedge

  • Role: React Dev
  • Crypto Experience: Lots of trading / holding activity. Lots of
    purchasing goods / services with crypto.
  • Development Experience: 3000+ hours React. Maintainer for private SDK (angular) which
    powers widget on 300k websites serving 500m users. Architected and
    implemented complex excel-like product for commercial real estate
    management with full support for excel keyboard bindings and many custom
  • Platforms / Languages: NodeJS, React, Angular, Python, PHP, many others

Bill Butler

  • Role: Agile Project Manager and UI/UX moderator
  • Crypto Experience: 3 years, BTC, LTC, PTS, BTS 1.0/2.0, STEEM, PPY.
    Helped manage github issues a couple of years ago. Worked with svk.
  • Development Experience: Founded an ISP in 1993. NodeJS, Angular, PHP,
    CouchDB, SQL. UX/UI Experience. VP Engineering for a healthcare
    software development firm. Eight years experience managing development

As the project manager for bitshares/bitshares-ui, I will review all
issues created (15 hours per week). I will also create UX and UI mockups
and mediate discussions on github around new features (Example).
Milestones will be created for each 2 week Sprint. Sprints will be
populated with enough issues to occupy 90 hours for the 2 week sprint.
Understand that these hours are quality hours, not planning hours. As
many in this field are aware, developers are always working on problems
in their minds. In most cases I've found that a 15 hour task will
require anywhere from 25 - 30 hours of a developer's time. Each issue
will be tagged as feature / task / bug / duplicate / rejected.

  • Feature - Adding functionality to the BitShares UI that previously didn't exist.
  • Proposed Feature - A potential feature that requires further discussion.
  • Task - Time commitment (improving the look of a table might be considered a task)
  • Bug - Resolving something that is broken
  • Duplicate - Consolidating multiple similar requests into a single issue
  • Invalid - An issue that is not desired by the community or is technically out of reach or ambiguous


This proposal is at $270 million votes but needs over $200 million more to succeed. If you have any pull with the bts accounts listed below, please let them know that their vote(s) will make the difference.

  • fav
  • bitcrab
  • bhuz
  • bts1998
  • cass
  • laomao
  • baozi

Hi Bill, Thank you for your initiative and worker proposal. Can you tell us a bit more about your previous experience in UI/UX design and why you think you are the perfect fit for this project. Please also share some of your previous work. What is your approach for a better BitShares DEX design? Would love to hear more about your strategies and ideas.

Thank you in advance.

I have a few github issues with mockups for ideas for deposits and several of my ideas were incorporated into the exchange (just the good ones). Here is an example of a conversation that I started with an idea that was not fully refined. Hope this helps. There are two things to look at here though. One is simply improving the basics and the other is re-mindmapping the entire experience. It's my hope that we knock out enough base functionality in the first couple of months so we have the ability to get a fresh top down view of the flow of the entire site.

I would also like to hear this.

I voted for this Bill :)

Thanks Tony.

You're welcome Bill :)

Getting downvotes on a thanks. Wow, GG Steemit

You've got my support Bill.

Mine as well, thanks to @robrigo. Do it!

Voted for it. Set neocrypto for your proxy - I vote in favor of development.

Appreciate the proxy as well.

Awesome! Voted!

Don't want to be the elephant in the room, but what will happen if you don't get the required votes by 15th August?

I've been a front end GUI designer since 1999. I totally agree that Open Ledger wallet needs an easy to use interface. Seasoned crypto owners can make their way around it bumbling here and there but way.

It would be nice of you to provide some layout designs and mockups.

Would love to see you active at I will definitely send funds to those who can bring inspired design to the project. Thanks for your support.

Thank you for your initiative and worker proposal.Great work.

Great initiative! Upvoted, resteemed and voted! Looking forward to the results in the next few months. Hope you guys can make the gui mobile friendly as well. Thanks!

Responsive design is definitely on the mid-term todo list!

good to see a mockups while they'll start appearing. some critics at launch will help to reduce issues number later on.
but yes, voted. Good luck guys.

Mockups will follow. We have a list of bugs to tackle first!

voted! followed! upvoted! i love it

Upvoted & RESTEEMED! :)

This post brings hope, a much needed proposal. This is enough to send bts price on its way to the moon. Thank you and i wish you success.

Thanks crypto!

Great work. Looking forward to the discussion and improvements to the UI. Upvoted and resteemed!

Voted for your worker proposal, looking forwards to your UI developments! :)

Voted my friend!

I loved the bitshares look as soon as I saw it but I've hardly used it. Caveat: I like dark UI themes!

I hope you guys are doing good analytics on the UI otherwise changing something which is not broken is often a bad idea.

There a number of bugs that affect users on a daily basis. These are not core bugs, they are React bugs. This proposal is not just about changing the theme. It's about making every operation work the way a user expects it to work.

Right, that sounds very good! Used to be quite pertinent on QA and UX issues, had to laugh about it when I read Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs, quite a reflection.

Well good luck and thank you for making great products!

100% of the yes.

Did this went ahead?

Voted for it

Well, that was a photo finish. Congratulations!

good post i like i am flowing you