Inspiration: join.me

A new collection

Whether in evernote, browser bookmarks across 3 browsers and 4 computers, notes scratched on post it notes, or logged into my phones note app, I have a wide collection of inspiration sources that I rarely reference. ?Evernote is a great capturing tool, but I don’t use it to peruse some of my old thoughts visually or in a decently organized fashion– most likely because I haven’t taken the time to read the “manual” and just use it as a cloud note taking app.

Nevertheless, I will start collecting some inspiration tidbits from here and there and posting them here to my personal blog for myself and others to reference if you so desire. ?If nothing else it will be a catalog of my influences.

The Review:

First up is the join.me website. ?I haven’t yet used the service so I won’t be talking to that. ?Instead I am just digging the subtleties of the website’s landing page namely. ?It is using some “trendy” things that won’t last the test of time, but it is for the most part doing so in a subdued fashion that I appreciate. ?It just gives a nod to the trends, and doesn’t lean heavily on them to make up for a lack of good content.

Case in point: the parallax effect. ?They are using one and ONLY ONE instance of the parallax effect that is so prevalent today in many “modern” sites. ?It was pointed out to me recently that the parallax effect is actually quite old hat when it comes to webdesign– apparently there was an older implementation not using modern css that though much more complicated would have a similar effect (I could not find an old example so if you happen to know one let me know and I will post the link for others). ?I like that it is only used as sparingly as possible and it is simple.

The second trend I spotted of note is the right hand side bullet scroll navigation. ?I first saw this on the new apple website where they featured their new mac pro. ?I don’t think this hurts the site’s ui, other than adding visual clutter. ?It is not really useful as a click to get to x navigation as the user isn’t sure what bullet goes where until you hover over it, which is not very useful unless you already are very familiar with the site.

Lastly, they have a three tiered subscription model, and have displayed them as visual “step” with each step being a bit larger than the previous. ?Nothing extraordinary here, but just a nice touch to communicate visually that I don’t see very often.

Also of note is the vertical scroll button that scrolls you through the different section of the site. ?Fun to use, but most likely the designer is having way more fun with it than the end user. So a lesson I learn over and over can summarize the successes and stumbles of this site: Less > More

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