I decided to participate in the Uplabs Craigslist challenge. In short, they are looking for Craigslist redesigns as if Craigslist were released today. I find this particular challenge interesting because I think the design is simple and straightforward like old-timey newspaper postings. Doing anything that gets in the way of the ease of operation is a failure case. Another challenge that Craigslist has is that none of the content is managed by Craigslist, leaving the content unedited by a professional. This post will be a 3-part series leading to the final result.
Sometimes good designs can become great designs by rearranging the parts. I find that the best arrangement for tasks closely mirrors the way we do things without technology. The closer we match these experiences the easier our system will be to use. As a bonus, rearranging interfaces is typically pretty simple and low cost.
Things in your career and life don’t always go as expected. Maybe you didn’t plan, or maybe you had some assumptions about how everything would work.
I have the “Design Bug,” which is a clinical way of saying that I find myself wondering how I could improve experiences that I have. Redesigning things is fun and relaxing, and can also be a good way to demonstrate design process.
Formatting note: Over the first few Unsolicited Redesigns, I will be working on the form and function of these posts. Please feel free to send your feedback.