We are working on a lot of very interesting things at Twitch. One of the biggest ones is what we refer to as the 'channel page' which just had its first rollout phase this week. It is the place where you, as a viewer will spend most of your time on the website.
There are some exceptional game changing features we want to do with this page that the current structure couldn't really cater for.
Its a fullscreen browsing experience with three columns. Left column is promotion, middle is all about the broadcaster, and the right, will eventually become more 'you' (the viewer). You can collapse columns, tweak it so it is just video and chat, or even collapse columns down so it is video only. It also scales to the browser window size in a variety of interesting ways.
There is also some dedicated, highly customizable information 'panels' for that middle section. (below the video) We hope to add some interesting new 'info panels' for broadcasters to better inform their viewers in some interesting ways. (something we have gotten a lot of feedback on this week! - but it has always been coming). It should be good fun to continually rollout this beta and get everything in place.
Check out the attachments, and also the dark alternative version that came close to being the chosen design. (we felt it pushed our brand too much at the expense of the broadcaster / viewing experience).
6 months ago
I like how readable everything is even though there's a lot going on (as there should be on such a dashboard.)
One thing I wonder is whether or not those channel images on the left are based on a (somewhat) current screen-capture, or if they're generic screen-caps. If it's simply a generic screen-cap, maybe it would make sense to stick with the game image + overlay text saying "live"? Just not sure if having such a small screen-capture makes sense for an image that is meant to be very recognizable.
That logotype...just great.
The final design went with using peoples 'avatars' in place of screencaps for the Channels sub-section :)
Got into the broadcaster beta yesterday and I am in love with it. It makes so much sense. Also, I'm quite happy that I can hide the chat with a single click. ^_^;
@David McLeod Good choice. The beta is looking and working great.
This is really exciting stuff, David. I'll say it again - you're a great fit at Twitch!
Looking really really good, I love twitch and you guys are doing an awesome job on the design of it.
This is so excellent. Excited to see it rolled out live. And your comment in chat made me smile!
Wow looks awesome!
Thanks all... should be more to come from the channel page. Broadcasters gave us a lot of feedback last week and poked holes at things that are missing/coming... but thats the reason it is a beta :)
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