Wikipedia in the 21. Century
Wikipedia’s designers are hard at work to bring their website aesthetic into the 21. Century.
Since the successful introduction of Pinterest, it’s aesthetic and simple handling, and the migration of users to mobile, world wide redesign is booming.
High ranking blogs are taking on the aesthetics of classic magazines and websites are making a more straight forward impression with radically simplified, thumb situating design. Bigger, readable copy, more white space, bigger finger-ready buttons…
Salomon Aurélien, a UX designer with no affiliation with the organization, can do whatever he likes. His concept for a new Wikipedia is eye-catching and packed with good ideas. Most importantly, it still operates largely like the Wikipedia we all know and (admit it) love. But there’s a problem: It can’t possibly work.
An admirable effort and best practice even so that Wikipedia’s designers should take a close look at and provide a a solution for.
No gimmicks, distraction through animations, sound effect, over burdening colors or other nerve wracking swizzle, to entertain the occasional visitor at the cost of serious users and subscribers to whom any of this makes the site suck and unbearable to use on a daily basis.
FastCompany’s Mark Wilson explains why the design won’t work.
In-house designers may discover the challenge and their mission in finding solutions to the faults, Wilson describes, and take on the speed of the 21. Century with a responsive system for Wikipedia.
But they need the consensus of the entire (and often wrong) Wikipedia community to make changes to Wikipedia’s 32 million+ pages.