By David Ciccarelli
January 5, 2010
At Voices.com, we follow four simple design principles that have guided us in developing graphics, page layouts and new processes.
Today, we're going to share those principles with you as well as reveal the next generation design. You guessed it, we're asking for your feedback, so be sure to add your suggestions in the comments below or take the brief survey here.
Voices.com's design principles are:
Combinations of text and visualizations always risk providing more information than people can cognitively process in an organized way. Keep things simple.
People tend to interpret any graphical element as clickable. That presents a problem for producers and designers, who may want to decorate or fill space. We often find ourselves asking "what will people try to click on" and "what will people think they should do?" then we design around those answers.
If using video, audio or animation, give users clearly marked buttons to start, stop and restart. When using online media, people are not in a lean-back position like when watching TV or listening to the radio. People expect to interact with the design.
Iterate quickly and often. Ask for feedback and don't take it personally. Make the necessary changes and work towards perfection, understanding that perfection is rarely attained.
Just as we have in the past, today we'll be revealing the header navigation and page layouts for the next generation of Voices.com. With those design principles in mind, take a look at the following designs In the comments below, let us know which you like and why.
Top navigation bars are widely used, sometimes combined with a browser-like linear back-and-forth navigation. When you're logged in, we wanted to give you options that are relevant and useful.
Do you like the white background? It's simple and easy to read.
Or, perhaps you like the aqua background? It's definitely more modern.
Quick links to all the most visited areas of your account are easily accessible. Simply hover over the link to see more options.
OVERVIEW OF ALL JOBS
The first thing you'll notice is that we've eliminated the sidebar on most designs. This gives us more space to design. We've added some additional information that will help you make browsing voice-over jobs even easier.
The addition of an "All Jobs" tab is a great starting place for new voice talent. The folders now look more like folders and will make navigating more intuitive.
JOB POSTING DETAILS
The job posting form is more or less the same, however we've tightened up the layout and put more information above the fold to minimize the scrolling. You'll also notice the Job ID is located in the top bar, so it's always easy to reference when asking for help by Live Chat or telephone.
TOOLBOX ON JOB POSTING DETAILS
You've told us that having the number of voice talent who have responded is useful, but not currently in the best spot. We're proposing moving this number to the "toolbox" where you can quickly review the job posting details, budget and deadline then view how many people have replied. If you feel you want to reply, just click "Reply to Job". If your time is better used on another opportunity either delete the job or use the < Previous and Next > links to navigate to other job postings.
Please give us your feedback below or by adding your comments below or by taking a brief survey. We appreciate your feedback.
Thank you for participating!
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