i suppose my advice would be to soldier on with exactly what you've been doing. If you arrived at this design through a normal period of mockups/design changes etc, then it must be (by definition) exactly what you wanted. It's just happenstance/coincidence that it just happened to be the same design decision that Airbnb arrived at. which i would tend to think means it's probably pretty solid. good work dude. don't scrap it just because someone else came along and essentially validated your ideas....thats more of a mental 'pat on the back' than anything else.... by the way...your design is pretty damn nice...well done.
Thanks for the advice and compliment! Really appreciate it!
I definitely ended up with this design trough sketching, mockups, testing, sketching, mockups, testing, first visual designs some more test.. well you know the drill ;)
I was kind of thinking in the same direction but I really love the hear opinions on this one cause this is the first time I encounter something like this.
Thanks for taking the time!
I believe with mobile UI design, there are very real design constraints that—given realistic project timelines— can appear to limit the number of viable solutions. (I believe there are infinite potential solutions, but there is a point at which you have to invest significantly more and increasing energy to uncover alternatives.)
I think in this instance, since you’ve designed a strikingly similar (and very nice) design to AirBnB independently, it’s simply because you’re both solving similar problems in a constrained medium.
That said, branding, animation and differences in user flow will drastically impact the UX and likely differentiate the TravelBird app from AirBnB’s, whether or not a couple screens have a similar UI.
Very well said! Thanks for taking the time and thanks again for the fact that I will sleep better now (for real!)
I do believe that the TravelBird app can distinguish itself from Airbnb cause of the ux. I'm damn proud of what I've created and can't wait to show more. (More blogs will follow)
Just continue working on it like you do now, iOS 7 apps look a lot like each other really fast. Maybe try to add just that little bit more personality to your app to be one step in front of Airbnb. Anyway great work so far and keep it up!
Thanks for the advice! Fair point about iOS7. I will focus more on the details on the overview page so it will distinguish itself a little bit more from Airbnb. Though I'm glad the interactions already work pretty different.
I don't believe this is an intentional copy. I've seen several mobile apps that have the same type structure of stacked photo blocks with overlaid text? Partially, the similarity can be attributed to constraints and layout trends for mobile applications resulting in similar looking apps. Kind of like activity feeds...how many feeds have you seen that look similar to FB or twitter. I know I've seen a fair amount but it doesn't mean they are copying but rather have similar constraints, influences and requirements.