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My approach aspired to simplify the previous design of the Board Game Geek website. To create a landing page flow which catered to first time visitors, while balancing a member’s page which aggregated content that they would find the most useful.
When presented to a select audience (i.e. /r/boardgames) the design was met equal with praise and criticism. The new flow appealed most to new visitors whom were finding it difficult to overcome the barrier of entry of the previous design. Veteran members though found it too organic and denounced the flow as not having enough functionality to compliment power-users.
In the end, the design was shelved. The perspectives and opinions which the project generated were beneficial for the ongoing efforts to improve online board game communities. The project developed connections for my practice which were related to the field of boardgaming. I’m glad to of had the opportunity to present this new perspective.