By David Ciccarelli
February 12, 2010
The 2010 Redesign has two main purposes: to improve the speed of the website and improve the usability of the website.
First up, improving the speed and responsiveness of the website. This means faster page load times which can be accomplished by cleaner code, less graphics and a more streamlined look that is faster for the web browsers and mobile browsers to display.
Second, Voices.com aims to improve the usability of the website. Usability is a quality attribute that assesses just how easy user interfaces are to use. The word "usability" also refers to methods for improving ease-of-use during the design process.
Before revealing the new look, know that you can sign up as a beta tester by leaving a comment below. Here we go...
A streamlined look makes it simple for clients to navigate to the various sections of your profile.
You'll have the opportunity to choose the color the matches your personal brand. Upload a logo, headshot or other images too so that you'll give prospective customers a consistent look-and-feel when visiting your profile on Voices.com.
Key statistics such as demos uploaded, the number of times those demos have been listened to and the number of jobs currently being worked on are all displayed clearly. You'll note that quick links help voice talent find voice over work online, specifically the ability to "Reply to Jobs," "Update My Profile" and "Add a New Demo." We've also included a link to the "Help and Training" section where voice talent can access helpful resources such as blogs, podcasts and other tutorials.
Voice talent can easily view all the jobs they are qualified for on a single page. The paper clip icon indicates that a script is attached, helping voice talent prioritize those jobs that require a custom audition. A new tab called "Awarded" is a single spot where you go to negotiate the deal, confirm payment and upload your files.
Voice talent can see all the details as well as tools for seeing the current status of the job, the position of the audition and the total number of people who responded for the job. We will also be displaying the client's feedback rating so that you can see comments left by other voice talent who have worked with that client in the past.
After the payment has been received, voice talent are notified by email and can start the recording.
Once the recording is done, simply upload your work to Voices.com and the client will download the files. Voice talent are paid by Voices.com for completed work by either PayPal or check depending on your preference as selected in your profile.
As you can see, we've been listening to your feedback and working hard at making your suggestions a reality. If you'd like to *test-drive the new website*, leave your name in the comments and we'll be sure to invite you to the exclusive Beta Test.