I'm going to do something that makes me feel very nervous.
I mentioned in this post that I was having a bit of a struggle with a client over button text. To be fair, he's less of a client, and more of a boss.
As well as this site, I manage a community for community managers. It is currently a blog site with a separate forum 'sister site'. The aim is to create a fully integrated 'community hub' where people can come to read topical articles, share tips, get advice, download resources, get training etc. The point of difference is that people can add their own content straight onto our homepage. Integration to this level hasn't been done before (that we're aware of) and it's a bit of a tricky thing to navigate.
I'm coming to this from a UX perspective.
My boss is coming to it from a social psych perspective.
Please take a look at this site and tell me what you think.
NOTE: I'm only asking about the homepage at this point. The rest of the site hasn't been touched outside of importing into an uncustomised template.
I'm not asking for a full UX audit, the thing that I really want to solve is more around aesthetics.
I have had to make a lot of UX compromises, but I'm prepared to do so because this is an experiment. If it doesn't work out, we'll make changes.
Rich thinks it looks "gloomy and empty". He doesn't know what he doesn't like about it though.
I'm ambivalent. I don't love it or hate it. I just don't know what to change.
I imagine you'll have questions...