Dashiel Neimark

Dashiel Neimark

Dashiel Neimark - UX Architect

Craigslist’s Unconventional User Experience

Why does Craigslist, a Web site that looks like a tribute to the Web of the ’90s, remain popular in a world that increasingly values well-crafted, beautiful user experiences? My multifaceted answer to this question is that Craigslist leverages several concepts that aren’t generally factors in mainstream product design. These factors include relatable flaws, the freedom to think hard, goal-driven visual nonchalance, effort justification, and social-penetration theory. I’ll discuss each of these in turn.

Check out the rest of this topic over at my UXmatters column.

 

Constraint-Driven Innovation : The Creative Value of Knowing your Limits

Is the unfettered mind all that it’s cracked up to be?

“So, in a rather ironic fashion, I’ve broken free of traditional thought by thinking inside the box. My advice to you guys is to not be afraid to stand in opposition to everyone’s natural inclination to “be free” and “shoot for the sky” when engaging in creative thought. Sometimes having your head in the clouds while discussing a wireframe or designing a user research study isn’t as effective as it is catchy – such conversations might benefit from taking place here on Earth, where these things actually exist. There’s a lot of inspiration to be gained in the process of more passionately engaging your limits. Design solutions are best manifested when there is an appreciation for the balance between creativity and possibility.”

Check out my new UXMag article, Constraint-Driven Innovation : The Creative Value of Knowing your Limits.