Goodreads — Redesign

Research

About us:

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love. Goodreads launched in January 2007.

From the founder:

…So I decided to build a website — a place where I could see my friends’ bookshelves and learn about what they thought of all their books. Elizabeth, my co-founder (and now my wife) wrote the site copy and I wrote the code. We started in my living room, motivated by the belief that there was a better way to discover and discuss good books, and that we could build it.

Goodreads is that site. It is a place where you can see what your friends are reading and vice versa. You can create “bookshelves” to organize what you’ve read (or want to read). You can comment on each other’s reviews. You can find your next favorite book. And on this journey with your friends you can explore new territory, gather information, and expand your mind.

Members:

55 Million, avid readers

What’s the Assignment?

Redesign the “My Books” page of Goodreads.

The “My Books” page that I’ll redesign

What other people have already thought?

It seems that Goodreads is a popular site for design students to redesign. A quick google search shows lots of folks with a redesign as part of their portfolios. That’s helpful for me to see what other people have thought as I begin to redesign it for myself:

# Creative Brief

### background information/history

* About us:
 * Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love. Goodreads launched in January 2007.
* From the founder:
 * …So I decided to build a website — a place where I could see my friends’ bookshelves and learn about what they thought of all their books. Elizabeth, my co-founder (and now my wife) wrote the site copy and I wrote the code. We started in my living room, motivated by the belief that there was a better way to discover and discuss good books, and that we could build it.
Goodreads is that site. It is a place where you can see what your friends are reading and vice versa. You can create “bookshelves” to organize what you’ve read (or want to read). You can comment on each other’s reviews. You can find your next favorite book. And on this journey with your friends you can explore new territory, gather information, and expand your mind.
* Members:
 * 55 Million, avid readers
### SWOT Analysis

* Strength
 * Allows users to share their reads and explore new books
 * social sharing, reviews etc
 * lots of information
* Weakness
 * Lots of clutter
 * ugly colors
 * hard to navigate with too many call to actions
* Opportunity
 * clean up design
 * simplify each page’s call to action
 * revamp design to feel more modern
* Threats
 * Amazon book reviews
 * Too much going on that new users are scared away
 * Looks out of date enough that new users don’t think its a functioning website

### Wordlist
* friendly, library, knowledge, sharing, books, lists, safe, inspiring, explore, review, collaborate.
### Feels
* sunlit, big room with big windows and well organized shelves with books. Crisp and inviting.


The process:

New Logo Design

I started out working in a black and white and with fonts alone. Once I settled on a font I had the idea of including a some sort of mark. After tweaking that a bit I dove into colors and tried out a few ideas. You can see a bit of the process below:

Wire Frames

High Fidelity-Mockups

Compare

Coded Mockup / Responsive Mockup

Check it out here!