I sketched out a possible solution, and started getting feedback from small groups. There's no faster way for a good design solution to die than by putting it in front of a big group of people, and asking them for open feedback. Invariably, they:
- will be displeased with it in some way
- not know how to verbally express their displeasure
- try to design it for you
So having done this research, and gotten some pretty positive feedback, and some good suggestions, I refined the design.
Then I realized that I had a couple roadblocks. In order for the new navigation to work...
The editinfo.bml page had to be redesigned. It had become a dumping ground for every new setting that appeared on LJ. technopatra spent a lot of time researching what each of the settings were, how they behaved, and came up with a new design.
The Styles Management area needed to launched. Again, this was a design that technopatra created a loooooong while back, and was stuck in limbo. We are unsticking it now.
So I had to be a little patient, but I'm happy to report that the new Edit Profile page is up and running.
Stay tuned for news on the new Browse Option.