Steemit Home Page Redesign Part 1

in steemit •  9 months ago

Lets build a new Home Page for Steemit!

Intro

So I was on a radio show about a week ago on @mspwaves #mspwaves with @ma1neevent and @poeticsnake and met with @aggroed on the show. It came up in conversation since Im a Sr. UX Lead Designer for the studios here in Hollywood Ca, would their be time available to work on a few ideas to help improve the current site for easier usability for new users and equally logged in returning users.

After taking a first stab in this process. I started brainstorming on what or how would it be easiest to have new users and returning users check out the site.

First Stab

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So I started by getting rid of the 3 column set up and forcing a much more digestible above the fold design. I wanted to surface the on boarding tools into a banner splash screen with CTA buttons inside it. Next I wanted to surface as many if not all the tags so people could get into the content quickly. There are a few communicative conflicts with the POST button on the current, forcing a user to register after crafting a post. thats a bit misleading so for me I wanted to surface joining as quick as possible. We want users right ? haha

First Stab - Logged In

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Here I wanted a user to feel personalized. I needed to add in some personalization. Increase the Avatar photo, and pull the smart tags drag / drop window to the top. I have a feeling that Im going to use realistically the same tags that Im interested in, and for me having that above the fold and at the top would be ideal.

Next Stab - Wireframes

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Here I am starting to build out the sketches into more refined UI that has balance. After building this in sketch and then really fine tuning the wire as shown above, I added solid icons to help the reader read faster and become engaged in the UI. I pushed the tags up above the fold for easy scanning, and have removed the smart tags feature until you are logged in as a user.

I moved the burger menu to the left which is more standard for web and responsive mobile. Surfaced the search tool more prominent for easy use and added messaging of what you could commonly search for for easier usability.

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For the logged in user, I've heightened the value of having a personal dashboard or landing page. Increased the avatar image a bit, added the icons for familiarity. Added the smart tags feature to allow easier search and providing a shortcut.

For me the design needs to be easy. Easy to use, Easy to maneuver and to keep the user engaged.

For my first stab, Id love to hear your comments.

How much did that excite you? did we seem to make some motion in this steemit ocean? If you'd like to check out Part II i finished it a few days back and it can be found here

Click on Steemit Home Page Redesign PART 2 here

@theUXyeti - This is me! Hilarious, funny, ex reality tv guy, loves app and web UI, competitive card player, scuba instructor, dart thrower, MTG player, WSOP player, gamer, hearthstone mechanic exploiter, sports handicapper, Geek of all trades.

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I really like the wireframes that you came up with and I agree that there needs to be better use of the above the fold space. What really caught my eye was your use of the "most favorited tags" space and I think it would be awesome to do it in a more reddit style with those tags going along the top of the page. What are your thoughts about that?

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Always awesome to steal what others do for functionality lol. Screen shot me an example. Would love to see

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Yea here's the basic idea:

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Tags across the top banner of the page. Something along those lines might make the jump from Reddit to Steemit a tad easier.

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Ahh i see something like a sticky header. Sure that makes sense. If our base is migrating from reddit that makes sense. Great insight! I’ll add it to my 2nd pass and we will do an easy A/B test. I’ll create 2 versions and u pick the one u like better.

I like the direction this is headed. My one criticism would be around the tags section. It takes up almost a 3rd of the screen and seems very out of place. I think there has got to be a better way to surface the tags information without it using so much real estate

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Agreed after the post i looked at that area too and felt it could extend down and be shortened to 4 tags width or a lesser column there. The issue I’m having is the page is just a wall really with no other features but tags, so I’m trying to understand what other features are best to surface for users. But agreed i saw that also. I’m looking forward to the next iteration and everyone’s comments.

I love seeing the community give their feedback on what they see as rooms for improvement in the form of prototypes and drafts and not just talk.

But why is half your post a signature with all groups you are associated with? It just looks silly.

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I’ll be posting a revised wireframe with more explanation. I was going to mock it up but realize there are many comments that are helping shape my wireframes for build. Between my current Sr ux role here at the studio and scuba teaching on the weekends i didn’t have as much time as i thought to prep a more informative post. But i wanted to get my work out there quickly to here where the ui was lacking. Now i know and with your comments about the footer that helps me too. I’m a month new! Still trying to understand how to post and to not leave anybody out. Thanks!

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I get you. Just wanted to give my honest opinion, although a bit blunt perhaps ^^
Keep it up!

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im going to work on the revise 2nd version after work today and try to have it out tonight or tomorrow. Thanks for the comments. you make me a better designer for the target user. Ive only been here a month. would love the continued support and comments. Ill add you as well. thanks :)

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Eh it’s just a rush footer i put in today. Sorry for that. Just happy to support all kinds of great communities

Some great ideas here. If you need a hand working up the wire frames, give me a shout.

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Awesome! You do ux? Ui? I’m trying to find like interested ppl in the community! Thanks! I’ll add you and awesome

hey, post it on utopian.io to contribute directly to the steemit GitHub! Also, check my contributions, maybe we can merge some features! Great job!

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love this idea! i just learned about utopian.io - can you post or work on UX related projects on it?! this sounds right up my alley!! im a UXer too :D

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Hi! Of course you can, check my submission, utopian gives a lot of opportunities for open source collaborators! Just check out the rules...looking forward to seeing your contributions

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awesome! i will definitely do a deeper dive this next week into it. its predominately for posting ideas though, is that right?

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it's predominately for code contributions, but there is the suggestion category in which you can suggest UX treatments. There is also the Task Request in which sometimes you can find devs asking for ideas...

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I can tell you i had the hardest time trying to figure out how to even use the ui there and even though it was simpler to use i hate the required github requirement. I couldn’t seem to figure out how to upload a post sadly. I just couldn’t figure it out man! Lol

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oh well :) what can I say...maybe give it another try if you want to contribute and get incentives on open source software, it's worth it. About your design up there I don't like that 1/3 of the layout is taken by tags, that are really the most useless feature that could be automated and easily hidden.

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When it asks for github address required what do i write in there

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steemit/condenser

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Thanks I’ll try that. Is that the full address

Hey that is pretty darn good for a first stab.

I think this is needed. The "beta" is long overdue for an overhaul...or actual new release of the website. I think getting rid of the beta will bring in more users. That word, for some reason, makes people think, "hey, I will come back when it is ready...because beta is for beta testers and this is not ready yet..."

Some sprucing up of this site and some marketing could go a long way. Thanks for posting. Cheers.

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I definitely want all of your comments. all people respond. what you like what you don't like. My goal here is to put a line in the sand initially. I want to see how close or far we are from a redesign. I won't nail it on the first stab. ever lol... but I certainly can take your criticisms and build on this in Part 2. keep it coming. love all the comments. helps us craft a better UI moving forward.

This is really cool to see back end designs coming to life so to speak. I would suggest a very simple inerface, unlike Facebook with their mesmerizing color scheme, with 100 thumbs, buttons and drop down menus to nowhere.
What you have really looks clean and user friendly...yeah got to remove beta from the platform.
Great share
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Awesome. Great comments from everyone. I’m def seeing some ui adjustments for round 2 thanks

Hello! I saw on here you wouldn’t mind comments.

Now I’ve been on here a few months, I’ll tell you about my UX of the current site and see if it helps inspire.

Hot/Trending/New/Promoted - for me, some of the least important places to go on Steemit. Trending is nigh on static, Hot starts to get full of the same people, New is really poor for signal to noise ratio and I never click on Promoted. Why is this, more often than not it is because:

Popular tags - too full of high volume noise to be of any use. I’ve had to either seek out niche tags or go develop niche tags to get some sort of readability.

I also crave algorithms that feed me on point articles. Show me stuff I might like based on upvote history, who I’m following, what they’re liking. I don’t care if ta over seven days old either as I’m looking for good writing and people, not just stuff to upvote. Something like an intelligent news feed. I honestly would not miss New/Hot/Trending/Promoted whatsoever.

The box about favourite tags is a great start and really points toward personalised experience.

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Great comments! This sparks great categories for curated content! Nice

Yeah, that looks pretty dope. As-is feels really clunky. You get used to it, but for new users already on the edge because this is new tech a more engaging interface is so needed. Curious to see how this develops.

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Thanks! Yea I’m stoked by the responses. Already want to start round 2 but we’re in Laguna beach today

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Work hard, play hard :)

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So awesome! I left a comment on your post and am so grateful for the repost to get my design work seen and to have great community friends like you! Thank you

That’s fantastic! I agree that the third column is a waste of space. On-boarding should be highlighted for the logged out state. Worse than needing to signup after writing your first post is that it may take over a week for a new minnow to get their account!

There will also need to be a discussion later of the technical issues such as sort algorithm for categories.

I’ve been thinking about other ways to improve the interface and had been planning on making suggestions to @aggroed (I found this post because of his resteem). More to come...

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Agreed. I’d like to add in smart filtering and different ways to personalize the content once logged in. Again first stab to generate a forum then I’ll take in everyone’s POV and push a 2nd pass out this week

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Let me know if there’s any way I can helpful.

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I’ll be pushing out an A/Brest next and want your vote on version A or B that’ll help get us closer

I give this an upvote because this sort of thing intrigues me as I have been on Steemit a short time now I hope it goes well good luck

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Hey thanks for the support! I’ll be updating this post in a few days to show the revised after everyone provides feedback.

WoW - someone finally decided to do this revamp. If the functionability will get improved then do it. Yes for getting a network expansion this work has to be done indeed. For returning users, keep it as simple as possible. You know better than anyone else - getting into an infinite work is easy, the problem is: do i get results with continous and infinite work? - That's the big question! Congrats part I to you @theuxyeti ;)

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g! Thanks for the support!

so cool! i found another UX designer here on steemit!! :D
im also a senior level UX designer (although i use experience designer as a title as it encompasses spatial/service/interior design as well), and have started working on platforms in the blockchain space and aboslutely love it! so great to see your process posted here - and explained step by step in a way everyone can understand the reasoning why. id love to collaborate or see more of your work and learn about how you became interested and involved with the steemit homepage design. so cool, and SUCH a small world!

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been a ux designer at all levels from jr to director for 15 years. I've worked for just about everyone these days. I am at www.theUXyeti.com if youd like to check out some stuff there. I've been asked to step in by some great advocates to get the people's voices heard for praise, pain points, success, fail for the UI and for me it's my way to contribute to the community and meet some great people along the way. Thanks for reaching out. I added you as well :) mahalo. Yeti

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sorry I've been mia from the world after coming down with a bad virus the last few days. bleh!

anyway, very cool! and such a veteran! checked out your site too! some really interesting projects! you are a tried and true UX-er. I'm more of a flailing wildcard kind of designer. one of those jack-of-all-trades-generalist types who can't seem to be satisfied working in one industry lol. you're welcome to check out my work too, but i'll warn you - its all over the place and not what you'd expect from a UX-er : www.eyadesigns.com . Its really awesome that you're a part of the steemit homepage design as well - or anything steemit and even blockchain related. i started working on a couple of small blockchain related projects but would really like to work on more. currently trying to land a freelance or remote contract role, and aiming for a blockchain project but any would do lol. anyway - awesome to have found you and ill definitely be on the lookout for more of your projects posts :)

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hah remote would be the dream right? where are you located. were always looking here in LA, CA. and thanks for the heads up. i had that nasty bug two weeks back i know what its like to not want to do anything but die. lol... ill check out the website today once i get a free moment from work. add me on discord if youd like for any questions. discord: theuxyeti

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sounds good! currently in the UK but normally based out of NYC. always happy to come to LA the right short term contract tho;p i mentioned a bit about my background in the other comment, but my strength kind of lies 50/50 between UX/UI design and research. I've worked on some amazing projects and teams: IDEO, research @ code & theory, and a gang of clients from startups to fortune 50. ill hit you up on discord for sure. cheers :)

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cool. yikes, never been to europe. my lady is from upper east side. she wants to move back and ive never been. im a beach guy lol

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haha a beach guy married a girl from the upper east side?! oh man, that is some sort of match. i dont even know if a compromise exists! ;p
the city is great, but it beats me down after too long. but i also get bored in island life as well. living between nyc and miami would be the dream i think. hopefully crypto makes it all possible :)

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the only first fix i would say is that on your website web responsive. but the quality of the work is really well done. do you do mostly UI design and design work ?

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its a mixed bag really. ux/ui and visual design, but my last job i was leading UX research as a little sub department in the UX department. i have a human centered design background, so i like the big picture projects and often enjoy la-la-land for designers (aka concept ideation and rapid prototyping ideas off the shelf). :p

very informative post for us

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Thank you! Yes looking forward to all opinions so i can iterate my second pass

I support your art..And your story awesome..

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Awesome thank you for your kind words. I love design

Good post,thnks you

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Awesome man. Def a work in progress. And helping fuel to get all feedback. Thank you

Whattss. Whatts the fock is dad

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Nice one

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Thank you!

@theuxyeti wow very nice

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Thank you!

Seems legit! Upvoted

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Awesome! Ty for the support

Interesting idea... Would like to see it developed...

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2nd round this week I’ll send out 2 designs and would love you to vote on one

I already like it more then the current one ;-)

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Hey thanks. And with everyone’s feedback I’m looking forward to the 2nd pass this week