UX Designer Wanted

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


+ 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?


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


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


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


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.


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 ;)


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




Why do the recommendations need to go?


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


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 :(



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?


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



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. :(


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?


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



Chris


I think we can help with user input on this thread.


The 'genre' component (call it tags, genres, whatever) is a total mess. Normally you'd want to narrow down the options for main categories (genres) and probably even limit the number chosen for a given story. Then you can allow the author to go bonkers for refined categories (tags).


Rather than you having an unholy crapton of work retrofitting existing stories into a new framework allow authors to relabel their stories (within the new scope) and basically limit your work to moderation so that you just have to push the OK-button to have a the changes go through.


To further enhance the feeling of main categories (genres) actually run with sections and include the associated forum in that section. Ie the collection of superpower stories directly shows the topmost threads of the superpower subforum with a link to open up that entire subforum.


Within scope of the superdesign (main design for WFG) allow for subdesigns so that users visually see where they are in the structure. Such a division by definition needs to be decide in advance. Ie, do you want to run with a reader / author main division of the site, or do you prefer division by genres, or, etc, etc, etc.


Should TWF be integrated in the site?


Do you want a section with information on the most common publishing platforms?


Is it a good idea to display clickthrough statistics (and implicitly create popularity lists given this site as the originator from where readers click to the real stories)?


And there are probably numerous other suggestion users of WFG could come up with, out of which you pick and chose among those that tickle your taste. In the end you and eventual other people who put in work to keep this place running decide what goes and what does not.


I think there needs to be a button to report stories as abandoned or offline. I see an increasing amount of people post 0.5 or 1-star reviews to 'report' content which is no longer available, but what if it's just a temporary technical difficulty and the content returns later? Then the poor author is stuck with a (probably undeserved) 1-star review.


Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I think the stars should only reflect story quality, not availability.


Man, this a great thread full of awesome ideas. I hope the site can work them in over time (but also soon, 'cause I want a lot of these changes). :)


Working on it this week. I'll let you know how it goes.


Thank You, Chris, for all the work you are putting into this! I am very new to this site in comparison to most at WFG. Even as the site stands, I have learned a tremendous amount about web serials. I am very much looking forward to all the extras that you plan to add. Thanks again!