Thoughts on Tourfilter

31 May 2008 - 6:15pm
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SemanticWill
2007

A very good friend of mine designed Tourfilter - we worked together at
Gather.com, and I wanted to know people's thoughts on the stripped down
design - definitely taking a page from my kayak design:
http://www.tourfilter.com/

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~ will

"Where you innovate, how you innovate,
and what you innovate are design problems"

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31 May 2008 - 8:07pm
dmitryn
2004

Actually, to me it looks like it's taking a page from craigslist
(with the pros and cons implicit in that comparison).

It seems a bit odd that, when I search and get no results, it still
flashes the "free X concert email alerts" call to action at me.
Whether intentional or not, this makes it look like all they care
about is getting my email address by any means necessary.

Also, not a comment about the IxD per se... but since when are Toronto
and Vancouver "U.S. cities"? :)

Dmitry

On Sat, May 31, 2008 at 7:15 PM, Will Evans <will at semanticfoundry.com> wrote:
> A very good friend of mine designed Tourfilter - we worked together at
> Gather.com, and I wanted to know people's thoughts on the stripped down
> design - definitely taking a page from my kayak design:
> http://www.tourfilter.com/
>
> --
> ~ will
>
> "Where you innovate, how you innovate,
> and what you innovate are design problems"
>
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Will Evans | User Experience Architect
> tel +1.617.281.1281 | will at semanticfoundry.com
> twitter: https://twitter.com/semanticwill
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1 Jun 2008 - 11:26am
Paul Eisen
2007

Will Evans asked:
> A very good friend of mine designed Tourfilter - we worked together at
> Gather.com, and I wanted to know people's thoughts on the stripped
> down design - definitely taking a page from my kayak design:
> http://www.tourfilter.com/

I like the concept. However the city selector violates a basic and longstanding guideline of interaction design: Drop-down lists - and list boxes in general - should not initiate actions. There should be a push button beside the drop-down to initiate the view-calendar action for the selected city. Even in this simple, 2-input-field interface, I am frustrated because keyboard navigation won't allow me to browse the options before choosing one and navigating to the next page. Simple, yet so often violated on the web.

Paul
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tandemseven

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1 Jun 2008 - 4:08pm
Jeff Howard
2004

Hi Will,

I'd say that it's a little too minimal in some places.
Stripped-down visual design means the core information design needs
to work even harder. Some of the pages are fine but a few, like the
city homepages, the profiles and the "browse club" results are just
a morass of type. Headings, columns, section spacing and type
size/weight changes would all help to structure that information.

Also, the city scoping doesn't seem to work consistently. Seems like
if I'm in San Francisco and I search for shows, the results should be
limited to San Francisco. And most of the subscribe features seem to
be hardcoded to Boston for some reason...

// jeff

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1 Jun 2008 - 5:15pm
Chauncey Wilson
2007

Hi Will,

Well, first off, if you are looking for bands, this looks like a
useful tool. The first page is a bit too minimal and the like someone
else noted, the drop-down list might be a bit easier with an
initiation button so that a slip won't necessarily take you to Dublin.
I got the point but also find myself staring at the screen waiting
wondering if more was going to show up. The page that you go to with
the list of bands for some place like Albuquerque is a mass of lower
case in many colors with links on red, blue, gray, and white. I
wasn't sure if the log-in on the alert page was tied to the items in
the drop-down (proximity principle here). I expected that I could log
in to something specific. The bottom left has a minor, but pretty
consistent form problem - the email field is not wide enough to
accommodate about 60% of emails and if you mistype, you might not get
those alerts you suspect. I've wondered why forms and fields for
email on the Web are not wider for years now. Sometimes it looks like
an attempt at aesthetics, but it is most important to get the email
right and a scrolling field that only shows 60% of an email is not a
good thing. The tiny text of the cities is a bit hard to read and why
no initial caps? I can understand no caps in advertising, but here it
would actually help a bit. Here an intial caps for the cities might
help differentiate them a bit. I like that the day is there as well
as the date. Another small thing that is sometimes missing. I wan't
to know if it is a Friday so I can stay out until 2 AM. I typed in
"Garfunkle" into the search box and got no results, but did get a free
alert field with a city drop-down that was not immediate action (there
was a Next button). Seemed like if there were no results, that asking
if I wanted an alert was odd, made me a little suspicious. The use of
medium blue and red at the bottom of one page was very hard to read
and usually you don't want to pair those too colors for text and
background. I couldn't figure out how to sign in so I typed in a fake
password and username thinking it might take me to a registration
page, but that wasn't clear. How does one register?

So, in spite of these nits, I could get a list of bands in different
cities reasonably easy. So, it is useful and reasonably usable.

Chauncey

On Sat, May 31, 2008 at 7:15 PM, Will Evans <will at semanticfoundry.com> wrote:
> A very good friend of mine designed Tourfilter - we worked together at
> Gather.com, and I wanted to know people's thoughts on the stripped down
> design - definitely taking a page from my kayak design:
> http://www.tourfilter.com/
>
> --
> ~ will
>
> "Where you innovate, how you innovate,
> and what you innovate are design problems"
>
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Will Evans | User Experience Architect
> tel +1.617.281.1281 | will at semanticfoundry.com
> twitter: https://twitter.com/semanticwill
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
> List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
>

2 Jun 2008 - 8:44am
Meredith Noble
2010

Jeff said:

> Also, the city scoping doesn't seem to work consistently. Seems like
> if I'm in San Francisco and I search for shows, the results should be
> limited to San Francisco. And most of the subscribe features seem to
> be hardcoded to Boston for some reason...

Yeah, I must say that I'm thoroughly confused about the location thing.
I searched for a Death Cab concert that I'm attending this weekend in
Toronto, end up on a page whose title is "TourFilter Toronto", and
immediately below that is a field saying "subscribe to death cab shows
in boston =>". This has got to be a bug...

I also expected type-ahead functionality on the first page... it
certainly would prevent some spelling errors that are likely to happen
with band/artist names.

Oh, and I thought that "Search Shows" was a button until I just clicked
on it and discovered it was a text box with text pre-filled in it. I
think I would have had that text grey, italicized, maybe with an
ellipsis, to show it's temporary text and will disappear when I click
it. Or else I'd use a standard "Search:" label beside a blank text box.
This may be a case where stripping stuff down does damage.

Overall it seems like a useful place to track what's going on. I like
that it will help me discover similar artists... on the Stars page, for
instance, (http://www.tourfilter.com/toronto/stars) I can see everyone
else who's tracking them, and what other bands they're tracking. That's
a nice way to discover similar artists. Oh, but eek, when I click on
Basia Bulat, for instance, I'm taken to the Basia Bulat page but with a
lightbox asking me to sign up for an alert. I have to dismiss it before
I can continue. Jarring!

Will, do you know if they did usability testing at all? I'm curious.
Some of the issues I've come across (e.g. the search box thing) seem
like they'd be found really quickly in testing and could easily be
fixed!

Anyway, I'm sure they'll fine-tune some of these things as time goes on.
Overall I think it works fairly well, I like the simplicity of it (my
eyes appreciate it, for sure) and I may even continue using it myself.
Thanks for sharing, Will.

Meredith

7 Mar 2011 - 11:15pm
tourfilterchris
2011

hey everyone! I never thanked you for this input - it was very helpful!

I've redesigned tourfilter & answered at least some of the critiques. Mainly I completely revamped the band-adding process. Early results are good, I'm seeing about three times as many bands being added. Also did a complete visual redesign pass & added things like geolocation. Would love to get your reactions!

http://www.tourfilter.com

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