Sneak peek into the future of Loomio

Hey there, Jon here, from the Loomio product team. I’ve been working pretty hard on some new designs for Loomio, and thought it’d be nice to share with everyone.

There are three things the new designs are trying to accomplish:

  1. Make Loomio nicer and easier to use. This means things should always be self-explanatory, and you should never feel overwhelmed by too much activity.
  2. Make Loomio work well on mobile phones.
  3. Make it easier to navigate through discussions and find what you’re interested in.

All the designs are just “mockups” at this point and subject to change. But they’ll give you a good idea of where we’re headed. Most of the mockups were done mobile first, but they all scale up to desktop as well.

It’s been a great opportunity to think about the design of our app holistically instead of one feature at a time.

Home

Home

Following

Following

Sidebar

Sidebar

Clicking a discussion

Clicking a discussion

Discussion page

Discussion page

Discussion notifications button

Discussion notifications button

Discussion notifications prompt

Discussion notifications prompt

Old discussion

Old discussion

Tablet

Tablet

Discussion emails

Discussion emails

As always, we’re keen to hear your feedback. And if you have ideas of your own, feel free to make some mockups and send them our way!

Author: Richard D. Bartlett

Loomio co-founder; open source hardware and software hacker; activist;

4 thoughts on “Sneak peek into the future of Loomio”

  1. Jon, I was introduced to Loomio by a friend, and after checking it out, I believe there is great potential for this product. The Mobile-First Culture, that encourages responsive design, is changing the way the world connects and interacts. Loomio is a tool that was designed to make collaborating on decisions within a group easy and effective, but this is only true if all people have ease of access to the collaborative platform. The increase in the use of mobile devices has forced developers to change their design techniques. The smaller screen real estate and touch screen input, has changed the mode of digital communications, and innovation has resulted in multi-modal user interface designs. This is what the W3C/WAI Accessibility Standards is all about. WCAG2.0 accessibility, and user friendly interface, must start at the design phase, and must continue to be a guiding thread through development and testing, to ensure a truly responsive web application.

    “Loomio is grounded in the philosophy that by effectively bringing more diverse voices into the conversation, you will end up with better outcomes. This goes for the platform we’ve built, and for us as a team.”

    It appears that you have attempted to implement the W3C/WAI WCAG2.0 Standards into the Loomio design, but falls far short of the usability criteria compliance. I do not have access to the new mok-up designs; but to demonstrate leadership, I encourage you to include an accessibility liaison into the Loomio team. Flexable design has become complex, and an accessibility expert is a necessary team member. I encourage you in your work, and I look forward to further Loomio updates.

    1. Hi David, thanks for the comment! You’re totally right. As it happens, we’re going to be pairing up with some accessibility experts this week to really get our heads around accessibility and make sure Loomio meets all of the standards moving forward. :)

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