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Tell Us What You Think: Next Generation Designs

By David Ciccarelli

January 5, 2010

Comments (17)

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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:

Principle 1: Avoid Information Overload

Combinations of text and visualizations always risk providing more information than people can cognitively process in an organized way. Keep things simple.

Principle 2: Consider People's Expectations

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.

Principle 3: Let People Control The Interaction

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.

Principle 4: Involve users in testing new designs

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.

Give Us Your Feedback Next Generation Design

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 Bar

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.

SIMPLE BACKGROUND

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Do you like the white background? It's simple and easy to read.

AQUA BACKGROUND

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Or, perhaps you like the aqua background? It's definitely more modern.

NAVIGATION LINKS

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Quick links to all the most visited areas of your account are easily accessible. Simply hover over the link to see more options.

Jobs for Voice Talent

OVERVIEW OF ALL JOBS

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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.

JOB FOLDERS

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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

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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

talent_jobs_posting_toolbox.jpg 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.

Leave a Comment or Fill Out a Short Survey

Please give us your feedback below or by adding your comments below or by taking a brief survey. We appreciate your feedback.

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Thank you for participating!

David

Related Topics: animation, design, radio, survey, TV, usability, Voices.com, website


Comments


    I don't like the Aqua background. I think the white is great.

    Everything else is fine! Can't wait!

    Posted by:
    • Keith Michaels
    • January 6, 2010 5:16 PM

      When taking the redesign survey I get a "page not found" when trying to submit it.

      Posted by:
      • Dan Hurst
      • January 7, 2010 12:21 AM

        Dan,

        We definitely received your submission, along with everyone else who provided feedback. The landing page was missing, but now it's correct. Rest assured, we've got your feedback.

        Posted by:

          Thank you for sending in your thoughts, Dan!

          As David said, all responses were in fact saved and we are grateful for your participation. When the survey has been submitted, people are now redirected to the home page.

          Best wishes,

          Stephanie

          Posted by:

            I like the ideas being proposed and appreciate you taking the initiative to improve our experience! Your site and your service are great but I felt there were a couple of things missing. I prefer the aqua header as it does add more color & interest. I also like that you are relocating the info noting how many have responded. A couple of other suggestions; is there a way to know when your particular audition has been opened? Can you also show when a project has been awarded in the area of the number of auditions submitted?

            Thanks again for the chance to chime in!

            Posted by:
            • Ken Knuckles
            • January 7, 2010 5:13 PM

              I would also have to agree that I would much prefer the white layout of voices.com instead of aqua you can see it more clearly compared to the aqua color.


              Sean

              Posted by:
              • Sean Keating
              • January 7, 2010 9:30 PM

                I'm all for new designs, but feel the Aqua logo is better for me. As far as the new design goes, I will have to use it to actually know if it's an improvement. I can click through the current layout pretty fast, so I guess it would just be a matter of getting used to it. Maybe you could do what Microsoft does. Give you the option of choosing which version you want to use, like the "Switch to Windows Classic" view option that they have on some of the XP versions. That would give people a chance to warm up to the changes by exploring them at their leisure. Overall I'm quite excited about the new design, and I'm not going to worry about if it works. If it doesn't, I'm sure Voices will be the first to realize it. I mean it's not "New Coke" or something...haha...what a disaster THAT was. I am so on board with your "Simplicity" approach. It's exactly what I need.

                Posted by:
                • John McCann
                • January 8, 2010 12:37 AM

                  My thoughts on this are as follows.....I think it would be beneficial to know how many talents you are actually competing against for jobs. Also, it would be good to know when a client has listened to your demo that you sent him/her. And of course, more jobs to apply to would be nice.
                  Also, I noticed that when a customer listens to responses, they cannot pull up the talent's full profile. There is a link on the talent name, but it doesnt seem to go anywhere. The responses tend to be lumped together, so it ends up being like sticking your resume in just another pile of resumes. If talent is paying anything to the site, even a basic membership, it seems to me that there must be a better way to introduce this talent to the customer. I dont know what that way would be, but i'm sure there's a way.

                  Other than that, I'm lovin it! I think the jobs that are posted are quality jobs, and I don't mind doing the work to submit auditions. Some of them are really fun! I have high hopes and expectations from my relationship with Voices.com.

                  Posted by:

                    furthermore.......lol.....(ask a DJ his opinion and you leave yourself open).....I agree with Mr. McCann on the new layout matter. having an option to switch to "classic" view, at least for the launch of the new stuff, might be a good idea.

                    Posted by:

                      Hi Scott,

                      Thank you for writing in and for sharing your thoughts.

                      Good news: There is a way to see how many voice over talent have already submitted for a job.

                      Clients can also get to a talent's full profile easily when reviewing their audition. They may do this by clicking on a link that we provide where they can review more details and other demos.

                      When a client clicks on a talent name as they review audition submissions, they see an expanded version of what the proposal includes with greater detail for them to consider.

                      Has this helped to better explain how the clients can review submissions and also go to your profile to learn more?

                      Best wishes,

                      Stephanie

                      Posted by:

                        That's good to know, Stephanie. Yep, my questions answered!

                        Posted by:

                          The changes sound great. I like the tabbed approach versus the navigation. White is much cleaner than the aqua.

                          One suggestion that would make the jobs page much more user friendly is the ability to sort the jobs by any of the column headers within a status. Date is great and obviously the most used, but sometimes, alphabetical would be handy, as well as budget amount.

                          While not specifically about the design, I would like to see expanded capabilities for talent to monitor things such as, how many have favorited you, maybe what demo they favorited you on. For instance, it would be helpful to know if potential clients are favoriting you on a specific product or demo, and not others it would be cue as to which should be revamped or removed.

                          I look forward to test driving the new design.

                          Posted by:

                            I'm not so crazy about the Aqua background. I feel the white is more user-friendly. Otherwise everything else is a great and welcome improvement - Thank you.

                            Posted by:
                            • Temba
                            • January 8, 2010 2:26 PM

                              I love the new location for the total job responses. The toolbox is a great location for it. Thanks for thinking out of the box for all of us!
                              Greg Cleveland

                              voicebygreg.com

                              Posted by:

                                Hi David and Stephanie,

                                Always nice to see improvements on the site! A couple of suggestions..

                                1. It would be great if once a client has chosen a talent, that the job status go from "OPEN" to "CLOSED" (or something other than OPEN). I find myself wasting time checking to see how many people have responded and whether the job has been awarded yet to someone before responding. I've also accidentally responded to some jobs that were still open only to discover that the client had already chosen someone.

                                2. Having the ability to click on either of the tabs to sort by budget, date posted, gender, job category, language, etc.. would be helpful and allow more efficient use of our time. I'm not sure what the default is for the current list but it would be nice to be able to sort the view/list using certain criteria.

                                3. When filling out a proposal, it would be nice to have the ability to enter a budget range vs a fixed number. Often the client doesn't include project details making it impossible to quote accurately. Times like this, I enter an arbitrary quote which is completely meaningless. I find this to be counterproductive and potentially misleading. Furthermore, it would be nice if you could display the quote both with and without Surepay's escrow fee attached as many clients use alternate methods of payments, such as checks (which for many, is standard company policy). I understand and respect the premise of Surepay, but I personally have never had problems getting paid and I find adding the escrow fee automatically to my quote gives the client the impression that my fee is higher than I've quoted in the proposal. Given the sheer volume of proposals received, I don't want the client deleting my proposal simply because the fee happens to be "too high" (when in fact, it may fall within their budget if the escrow fee was not included in it).

                                As for the white vs aqua background, I prefer the aqua background...

                                Cheers!

                                Posted by:

                                  Hi Stephanie,

                                  I would like to see an "average bid" amount.

                                  Posted by:
                                  • Michael
                                  • January 13, 2010 10:26 AM

                                    Forgive me if I don't quite get it, but i've been in this business as a VO artist for over ten years now and am confused: how are the jobs recorded? Does this biz model assume that artists have fully equipped sound studios and booths in their homes, and/or have the comparable compression, boards, engineering expertise required to match that of a professional studio...or am I missing something?

                                    Posted by:
                                    • kevin
                                    • January 13, 2010 1:42 PM

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