UX Designer Wanted

1 year ago | Chris Poirier (Moderator)

Hi all,

So, my initial attempts to find a UX designer for WFG on Fiverr have failed. I know, it's shocking. I'll go back and try harder, if necessary, but I thought I'd ask around here first. Are you a UX designer and want to help clean up the mess that is WFG? Have you worked with somebody before that you can recommend? Thanks to everyone's Patreon support, the job pays. Not a lot, mind you, but there is a small budget. Replies here or to the feedback address (don't use the cpoirier address, right now, as some overachieving spammer has found that email address and real email sometimes gets lost in the shuffle).

Thanks!

Chris

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  1. MaddiroseX (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    + What do you anticipate the workload will be like in terms of hours?
    + What sorts of tasks are you anticipating, wireframing/testing/UI, or something else?
    + Do you already have a vision for the "cleaned up" WFG, or is there a design/creative component as well?

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  2. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Hi Maddirose,

    I am really out of my element with this one. I design and write code. I can critique a UI or site design, but I can't design one worth shit. I can't really answer your questions: I don't even know how much I don't know.

    WFG is a mess of features all jammed together. Is the site mainly about the reviews, or is it about finding something to read? Is it about new listings, or new content in general? Should there be more of a linkage between WFG and TWF or less of one? Should the forums continue to be a largely separate entity, or should they move inline with the main site? I don't know, maybe I'm overthinking things and the existing site is just fine as it is. I really need somebody who is better with that stuff than I am to help me figure out what is important, what isn't, and how best to present the stuff that should be kept.

    And I have money for what amounts to hours, not days or weeks, of work.

    Does that help at all?

    Chris

  3. Wildbow (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    I'm willing to up my Patreon contribution if it helps get the job done.

    Can't do anything designwise, I'm afraid.

  4. MaddiroseX (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    I've spent the weekend reviewing the projects I have ongoing, and as much as I *love* the idea of being able to help with this, as much as it's in the perfect intersection of my talents and interests, I just don't think I can :/

    I do have some co-workers (professional UX/UI guys) who I know do some freelance work, whose work I can recommend. I'll check in with them tomorrow to see if they're available for work.

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  5. Sten Düring (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    You need to decide if you're after an UI expert or an UX one. From what you've written in this thread it sounds more like UI than UX (even though UI admittedly is part of UX).

    If you're after revamping underlying functionality as well, thenh by all mean go for a UX wiz ;)

  6. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 1 year ago

    @Maddirose: Thanks. I'll look forward to your recommendations.

    @Sten: redesigning the interaction is the agenda, so I think UX is the right field. (You can correct me if I'm wrong—the UI/UX distinction is a relatively recent thing, and all my books still about "UI"). Obviously, it can't be a complete redo, as there needs to be continuity, but I'm willing to reconsider everything. For instance, it seems highly likely the "recommended" functionality needs to go. Whether or not to integrate discussions into the main site is another big question.

  7. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Why do the recommendations need to go?

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  8. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Poorly understood, don't appear orthogonal to ratings, rating+review+recommended+vote-on-twf=wtf, etc.

  9. MaddiroseX (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Bah, sorry Chris :/

    Apparently spring is like 'freelance rush season' or something, because everyone I know has too much on their plate to take on more clients as well

    I'm so sad right now, when you posted this I was so stoked "aw yes, I've got this", but it turns out I do not have this at all :(

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  10. Carradee (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    It looks kinda cluttered and could use some improvements for coherency, legibility, and…is it responsive? If it's responsive, it isn't showing on the screen when I resize my window.

    This is necessarily incomplete and is just a quick mockup that ignored the sidebar and footer, but it gives some thoughts for how things could be improved. Some things might be better tackled from the root rather than from a surface polish, though.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/evahwsr19ed7hdc/screencapture-webfictionguide-com-1459289149761.png?dl=0

    Is this the kind of input you're looking for?

  11. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 1 year ago

    @Maddirose: no worries. Thanks for asking around. :)

    @Carradee: To be honest, it's a little too basic for what I need. I know the layout has issues—the CSS is probably 5 years old, at this point. I think there are bigger questions that need to be answered before worrying about the pixels: should all of those elements even be on the home page, for instance?

    The site is approaching 7 years old. I think it's long past time for a fundamental re-evaluation of the whole thing. Will it all change? I don't think it can. But, yes, some things will need to change completely. :(

  12. Carradee (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Hi Chris,

    Understood. (It's not unusual for folks to ask for input on core items when they actually just want a surface polish, so I was checking/verifying.)

    Have you stats on what parts of the site are actually used?

  13. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Hi everyone,

    I've decided to take a first stab at it myself, this weekend. I probably know more than I think I do about what needs to be done. Worth a shot, anyway. I'll keep you informed.

    Chris

  14. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 1 year ago

    By way of update, I have (finally, actually) begun rewriting WFG. It's slow going—still trying to figure out what to do with the listing indexes—but I did get some software written over the weekend. I'll keep at it.

    Chris

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