53 comments

  • Jared KleinJared Klein, almost 7 years ago

    Visually attractive. A usability disaster, but certainly nice to look at.

    The challenge: adding to a simple thing - but after the additions, make sure it remains simple or even simpler.

    Unfortunately, I'd say that this redesign does not succeed in making HN simpler. An obfuscated "Y-meter" ranking is not simpler than a number.

    Don't mean to be condescending here, but this is a great example of a portfolio piece that helps indicate whether the designer you're looking at is mature or not. If this landed on my desk, it would be pretty clear that I'm dealing with a talented, but somewhat junior designer.

    36 points
  • Eren Emre .Eren Emre ., almost 7 years ago

    Whenever a designer presents their designs in 3D and/or angled styles, I feel like the designer is trying to sell an OK design/idea by trying to make it unrealistically pretty. I never look at screen in that angle or never see pages in 3D.

    25 points
  • Dan LeathermanDan Leatherman, almost 7 years ago

    I thought we decided to stop doing this.

    17 points
    • Rachel WhiteRachel White, almost 7 years ago

      I think redesigns are fun. They're not hurting anyone.

      27 points
      • Dan LeathermanDan Leatherman, almost 7 years ago

        Fun is fine. Looks like the goal of this is to promote their (brand new) blog by doing a hackernews redesign.

        1 point
        • Karl DanningerKarl Danninger, almost 7 years ago

          So?

          21 points
          • Dan LeathermanDan Leatherman, almost 7 years ago

            So the purpose of making a hacker news redesign to get on hacker/designer news isn't meta enough for you? This person clearly hasn't done any other notable work yet.

            1 point
            • Karl DanningerKarl Danninger, almost 7 years ago

              Troll. Your comment is invalid, and not even constructive.

              She's new to our community. We should welcome her!

              Note: Hila didn't even post this herself... She didn't even post it on HN either.

              She also doesn't seem to have any portfolio online, but looks to be young competent designer. Why does it even matter that she "hasn't done any other notable work yet"?

              We all have to start somewhere. Even you did.

              16 points
              • Dan LeathermanDan Leatherman, over 6 years ago

                Yep, you're right. I'm projecting.

                1 point
                • Clay MacTavishClay MacTavish, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

                  Relax, guy.

                  Unsolicited redesigns are fun for a lot of people. It's actually a great way for unemployed, or under-employed, designers and developers to stay busy and sharpen their skills. There's nothing offensive going on here.

                  There are worse things in the design community. Like trolls, ya know?

                  9 points
    • Dan Boland, almost 7 years ago

      The person who posted this isn't the person who made this.

      1 point
  • Joel CalifaJoel Califa, almost 7 years ago

    It's hard for me to see things like this, especially when designed by self-described UX experts, constantly missing the mark. To be clear—I absolutely love good redesigns like the ticketmaster ticket redesign from a while back—but design is about finding the right solutions to the right problems. This redesign, like so many others skips so many steps on the way to the final haphazard solution.

    If you look over at the HN comments on the same story, it's clear that the target audience wasn't factored into the design process. That the problems this solves were contrived rather than discovered.

    HN isn't pretty, but it's very usable. The only changes it really needs are typography tweaks and a functional mobile design. If you're adding features, add an integrated search functionality and the ability to fold comment chains. Things people want, not this Y-meter, which by the way takes way more time to parse and adds so much more noise to the page than many other solutions.

    Please, more research and thoughtfulness and I'll be so into these unsolicited redesigns.

    11 points
  • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, almost 7 years ago

    I can't read that website. Too light typography.

    11 points
  • Floyd WilliamsonFloyd Williamson, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    I did not quite understand what those various square borders were supposed to mean at first. If your users must read an explanation to understand an element, then it's probably not the greatest UI choice.

    10 points
  • Shawn BorskyShawn Borsky, almost 7 years ago

    What I want to see is a HackerNews redesign that is not minimal and is in fact extremely skeuomorphic. Perhaps, with excessive animation.

    4 points
  • Dan LDan L, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    I think what I always find to be the core issue with these redesigns exists is the lack of research, insights and discovery. If you look at the HN thread where people respond it's beyond clear that the artist overlooked a core principle of experience design. You are not the user. It's clean. It overlooks essential factors of article title, points, comments. Insights that could have been easily unearthed by research. Relegating comments to the far right is a chore.

    Overall, it's simple and yet it's a mess.

    4 points
  • mewo a, almost 7 years ago

    Maybe DN should get together and build a nice HN client? more constructive than telling this guy how wrong his is.

    2 points
  • Vaibhav Kanwal, almost 7 years ago

    I found myself trying to fill the outlines of the Y-meter with color for every thread.

    This might just be me but I think a good design would make me focus more on the title and not on the visual representation.

    1 point
  • Cole TownsendCole Townsend, almost 7 years ago

    A great idea, but I can't read half of the text. It's too light, man!

    1 point
  • Eric REric R, almost 7 years ago

    Much better. I can't use hacker news without an extension to make it readable.

    0 points
  • Sarper Erel, almost 7 years ago

    It just burns my brain how all these "redesign" attempts just turns something solely simple, dead complex. If not broken, don't fix it guys.

    0 points
  • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, almost 7 years ago

    At first sight I think I can prove no one will understand this metric system. You can understand a number, when you see more than one, you get the model fast. With this system you first need to understand what it's all about.

    0 points
  • Phil RauPhil Rau, almost 7 years ago

    That Y-meter is too complicated to scan. It would be better as a solid square, tinted from white to orange based on upvotes.

    Also, why not apply the same principle to the comments? Show what stuff is hot & what stuff is getting a lot of comments. Feels like a missed opportunity.

    0 points
  • Darth BaneDarth Bane, almost 7 years ago

    I think it looks better, although removing the meta data (time posted, etc) makes the list harder to read. The meta data breaks the content up and serves as a natural separator of content.

    0 points
  • Ragnar VorelRagnar Vorel, almost 7 years ago

    It tries to solve a problem that doesn't exist to begin with and… well… still fails. UX expert, indeed. clapping

    0 points