In my article “From Medium to Jolocom Logbook in five steps” I wrote about the RX (reader experience) in detail - from the change in the top navigation (image above) to the reading time calculation and the line length. In this case study, I would like to mention only one element that was born at the intersection of art direction and UX design – the Author’s Pick badge.
The Recommended Reading section has two parts – tag-based suggestions and a manually picked Author’s Pick.
To make the Author’s Pick stand out we gave it its own section, with a bigger cover, titles of the higher rank and another composition. This seemed logical and UX-safe. But we felt there was a lack of soul in this solution, Logbook definitely needed more details for the devil to be in.
So, we simplified the layout, merging two sections into one horizontal feed and gave the Author’s Pick not a badge, but a hex sticker!
If you have been hanging around among an open source dev community, you can easily guess the response: “We want them on our laptops!”