I'm not going to lie, it makes me feel like I typed in the wrong url while looking for a website and landed on one of those sketchy fake search pages.
Have you visited www.reddit.com lately? I think AlienReader makes Reddit much more user-friendly :)
Any feedback that changes that feel you talk about is welcomed.
The easiest thing to do would be to fix the aspect ratio of the thumbnails.
I have to agree. The web is filled with tons of those fake bait-and-switch portals and this totally gives off a very similar vibe. Obviously not your intention but an unfortunate result.
As someone who uses reddit for 6+ hours a day (I know...) coupled with RES, I really don't find this new version more usable at all. While reddit could definitely use some minor UI clean up, a lot of it's charm is in the way it manages to display such a large amount of information in a way that might not appear readable at first but as soon as you begin to use the site more often it becomes quite easy to decipher (and I'm sure its ever-growing user base is somewhat of a testament to that).
If I had any criticisms beyond just the aesthetics, I would say that your decision to take away the link colour from the post's subreddit indentifier and subsequently bunching it in with the other meta data has made it a bit more difficult to read in my case. Its actually a data point I look for often when scanning my front page.
Reddit's decision to place the post's origin URL in brackets next to the long post name is also ideal because for the growing number of people who care where their content is coming from it is the quickest way to take that in. You'll see the effects from this in subtle ways (or not so subtle, as you'll probably notice posts that have i.imgur.com next to them tend to EXPLODE, when other image hosts are simply skipped).
And lastly, whatever you want to call it: character/charm/delight whatever - it just seems lacking in your redesign. Small things should be taken in to consideration as they work together to build a reddit experience that everyone is familiar with. New links are blue, visited links are purple, etc etc.
And lastly, maybe this is because this is just a "reader' but where are the upvote/downvotes?!
Wow! I really appreciate your feedback!
The incorrect aspect ratios on thumbnails help contribute to this, I think.
This one in particular:
Pretty heavy reddit user here, and this feels so unlike reddit it's not appealing to use. The basic experience and flow of reddit is wiped away.
I built AlienReader especially for users that don't visit Reddit because they don't like the way it looks. Such users include designers and design inclined visitors.
All I did was to make it cleaner so that new users discover and start use Reddit
Your intentions were good, but I think you’ve misunderstood what makes Reddit what it is. Part of the charm of Reddit is that it is so under-designed. It’s a lot of information on one page that changes often.
Being full-width and cluttered is part of the Reddit brand. If you blurred out Reddit.com or turned it into a basic wireframe with blocks of colour, people would immediately recognise it as Reddit.
I’m a designer and, as such, I’m design-inclined... it doesn’t mean I want an oversimplified experience.
I hope I didn’t come across as harsh here, it’s just the truth.
Not at all. I appreciate all the feedback I get but I know what the vision for this site is: a clean, uncluttered way to browse the great content that is available on Reddit
Such users include designers and design inclined visitors.
Such as myself.
ah. the old "i made it look better by removing all of the ads" trick.
but seriously, doesn't feel like reddit without up/downvoting.
Voting and commenting are next on my list. Stay tuned!
They should have been first on your list. The upvote/downvote mechanism is Reddit. Without it, it’s not Reddit... It’s just a syndication site.
That was my first question when checking out the design... how do I upvote/downvote something?
Given you probably can't implement real upvoting/downvoting, some dummy controls should suffice.
This has been the number one request so far so I hope to be able to add it tomorrow
Now I can read Reddit without straining my eyes and tightening my sphincter. Big ups!
Although, I do concur that thumbnails are important for deciphering if a link is click-worthy.
I've added support for thumbnails. Use CTRL+F5 to refresh. Thx!
There be sharks in these (redesign) waters.
Sharks are good for the environment :)
I like your approach!
Reminds me of www.redditate.com
Redditate.com is so great. I came here to mention it. Hooray!
It just doesn't feel right somehow without the thumbnails for each submission. Nice job though. :-)
I've added thumbnails. Thx!
With in two days?
I've actually started on Friday, so it would be 3 days. Friday I did the initial sketching and the JSON part to pull the news from Reddit.
On Saturday I've put it all together and added support for Hacker News, Designer News and Dribbble.
On Sunday I've made it responsive and fixed some bugs.
Today, Monday, was launch date, which is the best part :)
It's a basic approach, with no support for votes or comments. This is the next step and I'm also thinking to add more sources (Ex: Behance)
That's really great!!
Personally, I love it. I am the exact person you built this for. I have never understood why people use Reddit, it is soooo ugly and the info that it contains does not pertain to my business or help me get money the way DN does.
I spend the most time on DN, but usually once a day I quickly browse HN and Dribble.
I think some of the suggestions listed here would be great tweaks to add over time, but overall I think it is going in a great direction.
I would suggest more sources though, like if you added TechCrunch or gave the user ability to add their own sources.
With all that being said there are other sites that combine DN & HN and I always end up browsing DN from the DN site itself. So in order for me to actually use this as opposed to going to DN it would need to have every feature that DN has with the same level of ease/usability. For instance adding the ability to upvote directly from the site etc..
Little hiercarchy in the links below a title. Upvotes are tragically underemphasised
There are some decent looking subreddits out there. NotTheOnion, for example: http://www.reddit.com/r/nottheonion/
/r/design has no excuse.
/r/web_design looks like an attempt to incorporate some recent design trends (full width header, putting the links on 'cards', etc.) but really only succeeds in making the page more difficult to scan and use.
This is the post I am talking about: https://news.layervault.com/stories/24773-products-screaming-for-redesign