We're always looking to add more functionality, from adding video to guides (delivered the other week) to mapping the locations of recommendations (coming soon) to community forums to.. well, anything we think will make Simonseeks the only place to go for travel advice and inspiration. The list of features we have in mind is exhaustive, but how do we incorporate them all? Well, that’s why we've been exploring some new designs, and in the spirit of a true community site we’d like your input and feedback. All comments are welcome, be as constructive and as honest as possible - we have very thick skins here.
Homepage - We want to give unique visitors to Simonseeks a better idea of what we're all about and not overwhelm them with a plethora of guides which may not be of any interest to them. We feel a more generic introduction to the site including a short explanation of what we can do for the user and various examples of what's available is more in keeping with a homepage. We've also tried to freshen up the designs with a lighter use of colour. There are two versions to cast your eyes over – Example 1 and Example 2. (Note: these examples are static images for you to judge the look and feel and see if you can perceive how the site would function if the design was constructed.)
Travel Guide Page - This is where a lot of the new ideas will be implemented. For starters we have the default view of the page which includes more information in the 'Make it happen' area, better integration of the photos and video sections and the same crisper colour usage – Example 3.
The next example of the guide – Example 4 – shows how the new map facility would drop down from the 'Show map' tab giving the reader a chance to get a better overview of the writer's recommendations, their location and surrounding area.
The last image – Example 5 – is much 'tighter' 'Compare prices' overlay, eliminating the need for scrolling to find a provider as well as allowing the user to select more than one supplier at a time.