Archive: fuk redesign - get your oar in


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deuce
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13627 posts since 21/1/08

5 Jan 2010 00:27
poohat wrote: I think the design is fine the way it is, dont see the point in changing colours etc. I'd focus on adding stuff (GJ area, proper search, etc). Would be nice if you gave users more options to personalise things; eg allowing people to change how many posts are displayed on each page of threads, maybe having a selection of different forum colourschemes that the user could choose from, etc.
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Dreep
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1207 posts since 29/7/08

5 Jan 2010 00:31
Jordan wrote:
Hi-Definition wrote: Need to keep the active threads bit, only way I navigate around!
word!

Better search, maybe a general make-over to bring it up to date.
A rep system might be good -/+
also, maybe a very very simple classfieds feedback page on each users account details - could save a lot of people getting burnt
comps for GJ's only
GJ only section
recommend a prozzy section, votes out of 5 stars, marked on different merits
more secure or complicated account creation to stop bots
dont put in a ignore button, its daft
more fashion updates to do with actual runway shows and seasons, the big hitters like dior, gucci, burberry etc
a auto-pm telling you someone has quoted your message
make it more female friendly in general, dont make as much of a separation between the two sexes
some sort of noble-odds calculator built in
make it so people cant change their name every other day as well

This.

Also more options in the comment box, make it easier to bold etc.
schtoop
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12955 posts since 9/4/07

5 Jan 2010 00:37
gonna bang doeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
andymakesglasses
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20148 posts since 26/1/06

5 Jan 2010 00:49
What Ben is asking for is comments and suggestions on the design (ie the look of the site) rather than the functionality (ie the features, usability of the site) at this stage.

Most people are making feature requests rather than suggesting design ideas.
joey
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517 posts since 4/12/03

5 Jan 2010 00:55
i reckon the popular threads like last purchases, what your wearing etc shouldn't be done via thread posts but more integrated within the site, allowing users to

1. post their outfit
2. able to annotate their outfit (label on the photo garment details similar to flickr)
3. an interface to flick though the outfits filtering based on brand, color, garment type (jacket), material, color, season

same similar interface to last purchase aswell enhancing the ability to search on.

it would be nice just to see all outfits featuring APC jeans for example.

i reckon these type of popular threads should be done externally from the forum because the thread post doesn't scale, we could improve SEO abilities if done in a separate interface.

Color scheme should be white /dark black hints, clean simple minimal design.

joe
shego
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1543 posts since 11/12/07

5 Jan 2010 00:57
joey wrote: i reckon the popular threads like last purchases, what your wearing etc shouldn't be done via thread posts but more integrated within the site, allowing users to

1. post their outfit
2. able to annotate their outfit (label on the photo garment details similar to flickr)
3. an interface to flick though the outfits filtering based on brand, color, garment type (jacket), material, color, season


joe

lookbook style? nice idea.
joey
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517 posts since 4/12/03

5 Jan 2010 00:58
have a look through minimal sites gallery for ideas: http://www.minimalsites.com/
SXFuzz
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1739 posts since 22/5/07

5 Jan 2010 00:59
joey wrote: an interface to flick though the outfits filtering based on brand, color, garment type (jacket), material, color, season

same similar interface to last purchase aswell enhancing the ability to search on.

it would be nice just to see all outfits featuring APC jeans for example.

i reckon these type of popular threads should be done externally from the forum because the thread post doesn't scale, we could improve SEO abilities if done in a separate interface.
This is an excellent idea, and could be used for the classifieds. Subsections for each brand/type of clothing would be ideal, meaning I could filter size 10 shoes for sale, etc etc
joey
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517 posts since 4/12/03

5 Jan 2010 01:00
lookbook but better. Lookbook with a really good search interface.
joey
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517 posts since 4/12/03

5 Jan 2010 01:03
yeh actually one of my ideas for a site was a fashion classifieds as i found ebay annoying and fashion forums hard to navigate. Classified section would be brillant if it had a good search system similar to ebay but tailored to clothing not a general context (more visualisation less busy UX) .

jsnldn
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265 posts since 20/3/08

5 Jan 2010 08:50
any chance of tag clouds like sufu/flickr? for classifieds
poohat
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1446 posts since 1/12/08

5 Jan 2010 08:55
The sufu tag cloud system doesnt really work imo because people tag the same designer in multiple ways and often dont tag at all, so its usually better to just use the forum search instead, in my experience.
deuce
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13627 posts since 21/1/08

5 Jan 2010 09:09
getting back to what andy said (and ben originally said), i dont have any specific details on how to design the site, but i think a clean, white, minimalistic look would be great
ben
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751 posts since 11/12/13

5 Jan 2010 09:44
joey wrote: i reckon the popular threads like last purchases, what your wearing etc shouldn't be done via thread posts but more integrated within the site, allowing users to

1. post their outfit
2. able to annotate their outfit (label on the photo garment details similar to flickr)
3. an interface to flick though the outfits filtering based on brand, color, garment type (jacket), material, color, season

We've actually been looking at doing exactly this and I coded up a prototype a while back, specifically for WAYWT (by far the most popular thread on the site).

The problem with it is how to maintain the conversational flow that runs through the WAYWT thread. If you break it up in to individual posts, you lose that. Anyway, it's likely that we'll try something like this once we've done the rebuild and see how it works.
ben
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751 posts since 11/12/13

5 Jan 2010 09:56
Jordan wrote: getting back to what andy said (and ben originally said), i dont have any specific details on how to design the site, but i think a clean, white, minimalistic look would be great

Clean and minimal is definitely the guiding principle, although we want to try and avoid the black/white/grey/Arial look of sufu et al.

What we'd like to do is somehow capture the 'essence of Jimmy' that sets fuk apart from other fashion sites.

How about we play the 'If fuk was a … what would it be?' game?

Let's start with

1) Footballer (apart from JH of course)
2) Car
3) Recording artist
4) Shoe

please give reasons for your choices
DuffMan
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14250 posts since 21/2/07

5 Jan 2010 12:18
I think to be brutally honest the design is a shambles and looks like we're on a library website rather than the biggest fashion forum in the UK, a complete site overhaul is well overdue BUT I don't think that's what's supposed to be being discussed in this thread? Unless I'm misunderstanding Ben is asking what we'd like the site to look like, rather than GJ sections etc.

Mayan's little knock-up is pretty nice, making the homepage modular like news/email homepages would be good, so that you have a choice of boxes/components etc, I also think that the standard column down the left layout is very dated and if people really need the active threads/user online boxes then they'll need incorporating into the page somewhere else. A good strong colour-scheme in light colours is the way to go IMO, superfuture looks good using just white black and green for example, the red letters on the current incarnation of fuk for example don't really fit with the colour-scheme. I also think that changing the posting system to a quick post/advanced post system would make pages cleaner and nicer, get's rid of the need for the bbcode spiel on every page etc. Places like highsnobiety/hypebeast etc could be good for inspiration, their layouts are usually very good.

EDIT: conversation seems to have moved on a bit.
Sleuth
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5374 posts since 12/9/04

5 Jan 2010 13:45
I like these from the suggestions above -

http://www.griduo.com/

http://www.amagazinecuratedby.com/welcome/

http://www.davidhutton.com/

Also move away from the whole Jimmy Hill thing, it's so last decade.


ben
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751 posts since 11/12/13

5 Jan 2010 14:09
Sleuth wrote: I like these from the suggestions above -

http://www.griduo.com/

http://www.amagazinecuratedby.com/welcome/

http://www.davidhutton.com/

Also move away from the whole Jimmy Hill thing, it's so last decade.

Those are good design inspirations - the trick is transforming a 'minimal' design approach to something that works with all the stuff you need to fit into a forum/community layout.

When I talk about the Jimmy thing, it's a way of encapsulating the fuk vibe as a whole, ie what sets this place apart from other forums, and we definitely have no intention of making him a part of the design/look!


berk
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2116 posts since 24/3/08

5 Jan 2010 14:17
ben what do you want to achieve by doing this ?

Ive been here since 03/04 and have seen a few changes but they were more tweaks and have become used to them but im of the approach if its not broke why fix it ?
Sleuth
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5374 posts since 12/9/04

5 Jan 2010 14:51
ben wrote:
Sleuth wrote: I like these from the suggestions above -

http://www.griduo.com/

http://www.amagazinecuratedby.com/welcome/

http://www.davidhutton.com/

Also move away from the whole Jimmy Hill thing, it's so last decade.

Those are good design inspirations - the trick is transforming a 'minimal' design approach to something that works with all the stuff you need to fit into a forum/community layout.

When I talk about the Jimmy thing, it's a way of encapsulating the fuk vibe as a whole, ie what sets this place apart from other forums, and we definitely have no intention of making him a part of the design/look!

Yeah I thought the same with regards to the page integration with such a design, but possibly a front page for the site could entail some sort of flash intro like one of the above sites with the news and feature sections of the site being more attractive/up to date in an above format or similar? I know it's hard for you guys as you been such a small knit work force for so long.

Laughing out loud at jimmy