For the time being, this website will be in a blog / article format, where the site owners will be creating content mainly for distribution. As the site grows, we are going to open it to greater user interaction, with post ratings, user ratings, multi-threaded comments, any kind of multimedia, with ad money split between the site and the users.
Our goal is to create a content-centric social network, where users curate a network of interlinked posts about specific topics, rather than streaming piles of link-bait day in and day out.
For now though, the focus is to create an intuitive content consumption design to encourage users to spend lots of time clicking and reading through articles.
¿Qué idea tienes, qué estilo te gusta para tu web page?
I like fairly neutral colors, with minimal clutter. That said, we are going to start simple, but grow into a full-featured site that has to pack a lot of options into a single page (so, more like well organized clutter). When viewing any article, it would be nice if unused screen real estate could show related articles, previously opened articles, or expanded tool-tip previews when hovering on any link.
The winning design will be able to catch the user's eye on the content in the center of the page, while still using the borders to pack in controls or metadata. We also like the idea of preview-tiles while browsing for content, with anything clicked expanding inline to fill the center of the page.
The main audience will be people reading insightful content, and we want them to encourage users to keep clicking through by providing a single-page navigation experience where you can just keep opening and reading more content.
Descripciones de páginas
The only page we need is the view content page. This will be the primary conduit for all other content; the text and images of the content will be centered; navigation and browsing history on the left, with content previews (tooltips and related articles) on the right. Ideally, users could leave feedback inline (comments / ratings per paragraph), with standard "share / like / comment" threads on the bottom.
In a future iteration, we want to create a more powerful comment threading system, but for now, a simple text area + post button + comment feed is fine.
Lo que debe evitarse
Excessive use of frames and borders; using whitespace to differentiate distinct areas of the page is preferred. If borders or visual cues are used to break up space, they would ideally be floating <hr> style lines. Also, plain white feels a little austere, but bright colors are cheezy, so muted greys and blues would likely be best. Saving white for text areas, or open-content-only might make it easy to draw attention to places where users can add feedback.
We'd also like to avoid the overused colored-rows/columns, and instead aim for minimal chrome; we want the users to see the content, not the header and footer.
Finally, we are NOT looking for a facebook clone of a single stream of content; the goal is to encourage users to curate high quality content, rather than stream massive quantities of content.
This site will be coded by myself, and I have extensive experience with elastic design; anything you can design, I can code, so please don't hold back. If possible, a design that has wide-mode and narrow-mode would be preferred, however, desktop users will be the primary targets for the time being.
This site is intended to become a knowledge sharing forum where users vote for each other and the content they create, with profit shared between all users; for now, I need a design that encourages users to come and spend a lot of time browsing. In the future, I will return for more designs to create intuitive content editors and user personalization features.
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