I have lots of issues with the VentBox design, in its current state. The biggest problem is that it's not compelling -- as in there's no harmony between our platform's vision and our platform's design, leaving the site feeling dull. Worst of all, it leaves the site's visitors and users felling confused. "What's with this 'target' / 'title' distinction?" "What am I supposed to do?" "Where do I....?"
These are not good things to hear, especially because our platform demands that certain kinds of information at different points. The distinction between "Target" and "Title" ARE important for the site, and the platform, to work properly, provide a good experience for our users, and provide the best data to those interested in what people are venting about.
Anyway, we know why the design we have now isn't very good: we hired him off oDesk as a super cheap rate. You get what you pay for.
But now VentBox has been out for a few weeks and we're getting to know where our users are having troubles and we're ready to do a complete design overhaul of the site, while adding several technological features that will increase the quality of experience as well.
To attract candidates, we've posted the job on the well known 37Signals Gig Board (many of you reading this may be from that board) and have forwarded the post on to "several people who know people."
We're excited by the response so far, and will surely pick a wonderful person to work with. But to make sure that everyone knows exactly what we're looking to do, I'm expecting the person we hire will come by and read this blog, the VentBox Blog, or the BricaBox site, and so I'm giving those intrigued parties a little leg-up.
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Again, the job post is here.