Here is the photoshop comp of a Roon article page. This is actually fully done in code and finished already... the only reason i'm showing a photoshop comp here instead of a real web view is because we haven't yet finalized image support on the web.
I've done tons of fancy stylings to all sorts of data (code, tables, quotes, etc) to make sure things look super duper rad... none of that rad data is represented here in the photoshop comp though... cuz I do most design in the CODE PHASE! yep.
Roon will be launching at Valio Con!
7 months ago
Nice and clean. Love it!
Sweet. I Love your style!
oh yeah! Looking good man.
Great article page dude!
That's pretty amazing but it has a low contrast on my laptop :)
Nice use of white space!
Didn't know what a Roon was so I looked it up. Which definition are you going with?
1. nickname given to people acting silly, dorky
2. common nick name for a stray dog
3. "Random Outburst of Noise"
4. A woman whose comments often verge on nerdiness
@Garth Humbert hahahah! None of the above.
Roon is an alternate spelling of Rune. Which means a letter in an alphabet. So the name is means that Roon is all about writing and words :)
Man, you rock.
Dig the design. What are th mechanics for getting more eyeballs on my posts than quora, Tumblr, medium or subtle. I don't care about design as much as I care about reaching new people with my ideas. And nobody has solved that fundamental problem.
Very clean! Nice work @Drew Wilson Loving the emphasis on the photography. There doesn't always need to be type on top of it, right? :)
Love the design. Have you decided on pricing, invitations vs waiting-list? Can I get into Roon early since I'm coming to Valio Con? ;)
@Sean Everett I think that's not something that can be designed from the start (in this case). Hopefully a way to make Roon 'social' will appear as people start using it. Right now we want to focus on a terrific writing experience. I don't wanna do the normal following/followers social graph deal-e-o since i don't think that makes much sense for Roon.
I think Subtle does a good job, but only because it's user base is so small. Its more of a magazine of sorts. Medium is cool, but i haven't met a soul yet who is lost beyond help when trying to browse that site. Ultra confusing in my (and tons of other people's) opinion. Our goal with Roon is not to make it a magazine, and definitely not to make it a mess of posts strung together (somehow) like Medium (though it looks pretty).
Doing social stuff is hard, especially when you don't know your user base yet (i.e. you haven't launched yet). We hope Roon will catch on for the non-tech folk as well. So we'll need to look at how it's being used, and then design features that makes everyone's stuff discoverable inside the Roon platform. But we are purposefully putting that aside for now. In order to have a compelling product, we need to make the writing portion quick and easy.. that's what we're focusing on for now.
Feels a lot like www.medium.com, but I guess that can't be a bad thing.. Medium is awesome.
its really nice!
@Drew knowing that everything amazing can and will happen in development, currently, this comp feels a bit too much like www.medium.com and www.svbtle.com. that aside, i do love the design, and i like the idea behind the platform.
@Zach McNair I think both of those sites do a good job displaying content. So that's a good thing. Medium recently updated their design (few weeks back). Somehow it ended up looking super similar to what designed here back at the start of April. Just the way it goes I suppose.
@Drew Wilson Thanks for the well thought out reply. Agree that you should always focus on the Atom of your "game" first. Then build around it. If people don't like or use the atom, then the product isn't right.
That said, it seems like when there's much competition, where all have the same atom, then maybe the only way to get people to switch is by extending the definition of what that atom is.
Best of luck with the product. It looks beautiful!
@Drew absolutely understand. if i had a nickel for every time i designed something and then realized later that someone else released something similar... excited for the launch of this, man!
Liking this a lot
6 months ago
I really like the header interacts responsively in the latest screencast. Great job once again!
Signed up. Very dope. At what point did you start designing more in code? Would love to feature you on my new project. I'll email you details. Great work as usual man!
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