As an extracurricular exercise at @Handsome all of us have each been tasked with imitating and applying a branded UI to different applications so that we can further understand the relationship between UI and UX. It really is a challenge because at some point the branded UI can only take you so far...
You have to kind of expand the visual language of the brand and make some judgement calls.
So what happens when you apply Google to Reddit? I wanted to find out.
Be sure to check out the attached deck for the TLDR and there's real pixels if that's your thing. More to come from our talented designers at Handsome.
2 months ago
@Jawad Š @Mike Arndt
This is really great, nice work man.
Feel free to say how you would make it better!
As a Redditor for 6 years, I'm ultra critical of any attempts at any kind of redesign so this is definitely just something fun to talk about. The user experience of Reddit is arguably better as is I think, but the thought of Reddit being somehow substantially visually different is appealing still.
So where does the UI of Google break when being applied to Reddit, and furthermore, what can Google's UI do to improve things about Reddit in these examples?
Thanks man appreciate it for sure!
if reddit did something like this, i would be forever happy. i can't stand the current UI so much that i have to just use alien blue on my iphone to get my daily reddit satisfaction, haha. awesome work!
@ashley einspahr To be fair, Alien Blue is pretty tight I don't blame you there.
I wonder if they have something in the works after all these years. If they did a lot of R&D, used the Reddit community, and it's designers maybe, I think they could move into an interesting stage of their product life cycle.
Then again, there's a lot of people that are like... if ain't broke, don't fix it.
Tight! I'm liking it. It would be a pretty drastic change, with something as big as reddit changes would have to be filtered in week by week, like facebook. It would be hard to do, people hate change (rip digg).
The list view seems to have a lot of wasted vertical space, (and any reason why no thumbnails?) but a grid view would be pretty sweet.
Brilliant! 2 things; Not liking the "mail" icon on the top right.. not sure why, may be the height compared to the list/grid icons. Also, the post button should be standing out more, maybe give it a colour :)
You're right about the list view, it's a bit too basic. I already started to see some problems with it other than what you mentioned just looking it over again.
For example, I don't know how I feel about containment for an element who's title could be ginormous. It screws up the vertical rhythm if any one of those gets really long.
Take the containment away, and the vertical rhythm relies more on the line-height of titles which is what Reddit kinda does already.
Good example of Google UI (In particular containment) not working so great for Reddit. Thanks for the input!
@Daniel Sandvik Good call! Yeah the envelope was tough.
Interestingly, if my behavior on Reddit is any indication I hardly ever post since it's kind of a high commitment. You have to likely respond to comments and of course you have to 'Watch' your post to see if it gets any upvotes. That's a lot to do during a workday ha.
Therefore, I'd say that having the post/share persistently called out would pull my eyes away from readable content in most cases and is likely why Google Plus greys out their share button.
Good comments! Thanks for taking a look.
Love this man!
@Jen Yuan Appreciate it dude!
Great study on this, I think reddit would look great with a clean treatment such as this my main criticism would be on the masonry 'pinterest' view - I would say this view works great for certain threads such as funny or vids or pics but an IAMA thread would just be a bunch of block quotes. I'm unsure of a fix but something to consider, I know when viewing blocks with text on feedly I'm not nearly as drawn to checking the posts. One last note for all the iOS users praising alien blue they're totally missing out on reddit sync for Android - check it out if you get a chance.
Look forward to v2 on this!
@Adam Blair Funny you should mention that! That's a really great point.
It now has me thinking, how about subreddit style? A lot of SubReddits use custom styles too. This totally wouldn't satisfy a lot of moderators need to customize.
Does anyone think that's a hinderance to a unified experience a'la MySpace or does it enable a much richer community so much so that the drawback is negated?
I'm of the former not the latter since I turn SubReddit styles off.
@Bryce for the most part the styling is on the objects already there it isn't a major overhaul so you could utilize your design and there'd be styling involved (colors, squared corners, etc) more like css tweaking for wordpress
Very interesting approach and well executed. Although I feel everything Google makes probably converts well, loads fast, and scales to infinity - the design is never delightful, it's just what it needs to be. I feel reddit also takes this approach.
I'd love to see a media and interaction heavy redesign of reddit. I think the whole dynamic of explore subs is being lost at the moment. A flipboard-esque experience for adding subs and consuming content feels right to me.
This is amazing!
@Adam Blair Ahh I never knew that!
@Giovanni Hobbins Totally agree and great comment. You won't get a more varied amount of content in one place like you do Reddit imo so it makes it so difficult to please everybody.
@Andre Tacuyan @Mason Dahl
Appreciate the support fellas!
When does this come out? :D Want!
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