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New Audio Player and Navigation at Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

November 8, 2012

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Voices.com web app

What's in store for Voices.com members?

Cleaner, more intuitive navigation and a brand new HTML5 Audio Player!

Learn more as Voices.com CEO, David Ciccarelli, walks you through the design team's recent developments in today's VOX Daily.

Consistent Branding Across All Platforms

At Voices.com, our vision for design is to offer a consistent customer experience across the website, mobile site, iPhone, iPad and Android apps. This vision has encouraged us to develop a design philosophy around three key concepts that relate to mobile apps;

Growth: Thinking "Mobile First" in our designs and product development prepares us for explosive growth and new opportunities emerging in mobile today.

Focus: Thinking "Mobile First" forces us to focus and prioritize our products and services by embracing the constraints inherent in mobile design.

Innovation: Thinking "Mobile First" allows us to deliver innovative experiences by building on new capabilities native to mobile devices and modes of use.

With our mobile ambitions as a backdrop, today we're introducing a newly designed audio player, top-level website navigation and simplified button styling. Let's explore each of these now.

New Header

The header is the top level navigation which provides 1-click access to all the key areas of the website. The header should remain the same throughout a members' visit to Voices.com.

The header is broken up into three areas; The "utility bar," "navigation bar," and "title bar." The function and placement of the elements within each bar will remain consistent.

Voices.com website header, Fall/Winter 2012

Navigating Around Your Account

The same sections of the site will be the same sections of our mobile apps. No fluff, just the essentials to search for, audition and hire a voice talent at Voices.com.

Voice Talent Account

Voices.com header, voice-over talent account

Client Account

Voices.com header, client account

New Profiles

On a voice talent's profile, their name and location will be in the title bar. On the far right hand side, sharing options will be available. This will be the standard location for sharing and social media chicklets.

New Audio Players

We're now using new audio players based upon the HTML5 design standard. This means that the player will work in the Safari browser on iPhone, iPad and iPad Mini. Also, if a visitor doesn't have Flash, these new audio players will work just fine.

HTML5 Audio Player at Voices.com

On the home page, we'll be prominently featuring 5 voice talent who have recently landed jobs. The featured talent list refreshes several times a day, so if you've recently won a voice-over job, keep a look out for your name and profile image on the home page.

Tip: Upload a high-resolution photo so you create a great first impression and encourage people to click through to your profile.

HTML5 Featured Talent Audio Player, Voices.com

New Home Page

The home page has also been simplified to put a further emphasis on the Featured Voice Talent.

Voices.com homepage, featured voice talent

Heat Maps

Heat maps show where people click. In our testing, we've discovered that finding voice-over talent is the primary activity at the website. And that process starts by listening to voice talent. You can see the effect of these actions in the heat map. The brighter the spot, the more clicks happened there. Fascinating!

Heat map of the Voices.com homepage

There are several other improvements, but those are the big ones. We hope that you find the site to be fresh, clean and simple.

What do you think?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

David and the Voices.com Team

Related Topics: iPad, iPhone


Comments


    The best just got better! Well done for consistently keeping your clients' interests to the fore. As a voice talent, I appreciate the user-friendliness of both the site and your company as a whole, and I'm sure that goes for producers too.

    With all good wishes from England, Howard Ellison

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    • Howard Ellison
    • November 9, 2012 9:56 AM

      Thanks for the great work on the website!

      I noticed on the heat maps that although the "find voices" button was the hottest, the next hot spot seems to be the play icon for the first featured talent.

      Does this mean that being in that first spot is an advantage for that talent in terms of getting more listens by clients?

      If so, does this tilt listens toward those talents?

      Also, since we are voice actors, is the perceived physical attractiveness of the talent really needed on a voice talent website?

      Just some questions from a voice and on-camera actor who does not naturally sound "Black" but happens to be an african-american and understands how images sometimes create biases, both positive and negative.

      Thanks again for the great work that you do for us all!

      Posted by:
      • Jim Gooden
      • November 9, 2012 10:08 AM

        Congrats on the new website look. A bit of feedback:

        I am using my android tablet to view the new site. I use that to read audition scripts, rather than print them. With the new layout, when I zoom in on the script, the new header moves down as a separate image to block part of my script screen. This is problematic.

        Also, you folks had mentioned the ability to modify an already submitted demo...I was hoping for that with this build but don't see it.

        Otherwise, keep up the good work!
        Just my two cents.

        Thanks,
        Alan Baxter

        Posted by:

          I found your blog site from doing a Google Search, it looks very informative for people who want to break into the voice over acting profession.

          Your new site looks very professional and outstanding. Exceptionally innovative on delivery with new technology. It is definitely a site I would recommend to my subscribers. It also looks like it is very user friendly which is what a lot of people are looking for today.

          All the best. Regards Kim :)

          Posted by:
          • Kim
          • November 10, 2012 4:11 PM

            The new lay out looks great.

            One of the advantages of completing a job through voices.com is being a featured talent on the home page because it drives traffic to my profile. I was disappointed to see the list go from 10 to 5.

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