Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Fits in the iPhone again

July 23, 2008

Took a bit of time for me to get to it but I finally fixed the CSS to where Crusher (especially the event page your guests see) is accessible and looks good in the jesus-phone, I mean the iPhone. Editing your page is still limited cause the iPhone can’t do stuff like drag & drop for reordering modules, but this is okay I think. The main use case we want to support is where you as a guest gets an invite in your email or SMS and you choose to visit the page.

I also fixed a few of the themes, just made them look a bit better. And added a “Cola” theme 🙂

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Theme preview on hover

April 4, 2008

Here’s a first step in improving the flow for picking a theme or template to use in creating your page. Hovering over the swatch now shows you a preview image of what the page looks like. Simply click to create the page. From any page you create, you can customize it and change everything entirely. If you don’t like your page, there is a “Delete” option at the bottom of every page.theme_preview.jpg 

Prettier guest module for Wednesday push

March 3, 2008

Looking better means being more usable. Refined some affordances around the RSVP slider, which is unique to Crusher. This makes it much more obvious what to do. Second, the tiled wall of guests are cleaner looking, and easier to see who’s positively RSVP’d and who isn’t. I am thinking that perhaps by default only positives will get a “hello sticker” (pink box). This will help with the distinction and makes sense cause you’d want to read about those who you are (might be) meeting at the event.
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Contest coming soon

January 10, 2008

So I am putting together a contest that we might do to promote video-invites. These aren’t common yet, but Crusher is ideal for it, and you know it will be here soon. So we want to get it started in Crusher now. We are going to give away a thousand bucks to the best video-invite submitted by Feb. 29th. The requirements are very loose. We’ll post them as we get them. As part of it, I’ve redesigned the home page a bit to accommodate the promo link. We’ll try to deploy this soon as we iron out the details.

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Communication Arts recommends crusher

December 19, 2007

Of course, technically Crusher is not a social networking app, but.. details (: comm_arts_page.jpg

The story of the tortoise and the hare

November 30, 2007

If you have a lot of stuff going on, you’ll notice that your Stuff page is much much faster loading now. Russell found a neat way to beat the natural drawbacks of being a Rails app, and it’s sweet. As we approach what we refer to as “game 2”, which is a much larger audience driven by recent efforts to partner with other sites, we will be doing more of this type of performance optimizations.

With our deployment last Wednesday, we did some tweaks to certain areas here and there based on user feedback, so keep sending them. For example, the create flow now has wht we call “ghost users” initially so it’s clear where your guests go and that you should start inviting.

Much of these design changes you may not notice, which means it’s working right 🙂 If done correctly, design gets out of your way and lets you focus on your task at hand – festivities, good times.

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White elephant parties

November 17, 2007

So avoiding the traditional greeting card type themes I asked a friend what some of the more traditional activities were around the holidays that are odd or goofy. She said white elephant gift exchanges and fruitcake (:

Start organizing a white elephant party now with this theme.

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Made my own donkey

November 17, 2007

I had to make my own donkey icon cause, as you’d expect, the existing pair of icons weren’t done in a unified style. I would guess because two different designers with differing political views made them. So I kept the fat elephant and made a more graphical donkey to match. I hope that’s cool with all the democrats. Now start organizing and vote!

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Holiday themes coming (very) soon

November 15, 2007

So we’ve recently fixed a bunch of stuff in the ‘create new’ and ‘template’ flow, making things clearer and (hopefully) easier to use – than it already is 🙂 We’ve also tweaked the existing small list of themes, just now finding the time to make them better, and really excited about making new ones. I’ll post them here as they go live.

Russell is busy optimizing the site performance. Phillip is busy trying to get the word out about us to blogs. I’m wondering why sites like this get big tech industry press and we don’t. People tell me you have to “know someone”. Ugh, I’d appreciate even a bad review of Crusher cause consumers will decide for themselves 🙂

We’re there, try it out

November 7, 2007

We shut the site down at midnight last night for maybe a half hour to an hour and it awoke in its new home. If only we had those humming server boxes here at the office, we can put stuff over it and take pictures with it.

We’ve also made some fairly noticeable UI changes to make stuff more discoverable. Thanks to Jenny for the feedback that led to this.

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