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    Overview   Process   Prototype  

    Task: to make long anticipated changes to the LiveJournal design.

    The first Russian-speaking blogger appeared in LiveJournal in 1999. Since then, the service has evolved into Russia’s major blog-platform, with over two and a half million registered users from the country. The time has come for a more powerful, lean, and efficient interface. The newly designed front page is more flexible and trim, featuring new widgets and lacking some unnecessary elements.

    livejournal main
    New front page

    The posting page slimmed down too. Icons and comments managing links only appear when a comment is pointed at with a cursor. Most of the functions are now available on you current page, skipping annoying reloading.

    livejournal blog
    Comments finally got rid of “Subject” field

    Adding images and videos to comments is a breeze: Just upload your pictures right on your current page or choose from those already uploaded to photo albums.

    livejournal add comment
    Adding photos

    The new design eliminates any questions about whether you’re posting to a community or to your own blog. All auxiliary post parameters are shown to the right. Everything which could be tucked in is waiting under pseudo-links. The stage is dominated by two main elements—the subject and the text of the entry.

    livejournal add entry
    Posting

    Updated friends managing page offers functions previously spread over different site sections. The new design allows you to choose and edit all settings—tagging, grouping, and banning—in one place.

    livejournal friends list
    Organizing friends

    Stats are truly useful now. You are not limited by one month-period anymore. All peaks are accompanied by links to the highest-scoring posts. Analysis and forecasting became more inspiring.

    livejournal statistics
    Timeline with ups and downs

    Release date: December 19 2011

    Cast:

    art director
    designers
    technical designers
    technical director
    technologists
    beta tester
    interface designer
    project managers
    Art. Lebedev Studio wants to thank Iliya Dronov for his help with this project.

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