The Tour de France is one of the world’s biggest annual sporting events, equivalent to Wimbledon, The FA Cup Final and the Six Nations. Considered to be one of the toughest and most prestigious cycling races in the world, the Tour de France is the the single most watched cycle race in the world. In doing so, in this digital age, the Tour de France website is one of the most visited and used sports sites on the internet, with statistics, pictures, videos, interviews and more covering the event.
Although the current site is great for this purpose, Jon Baines took it upon himself to redesign the site to include a much more organised layout, and for me, a more visual punch when visiting the site. Featuring all the information you need for finding out about the race while it’s on, and also while it isn’t, Jon successfully captures the attention of the user and makes them want to delve deeper into the site.
Readability for Mac, iOS and web platforms delivers a great reading experience wherever you are, clearing up clutter on the page and even saving articles for later for ease of reading. Although not an avid user of the service myself, I can see why it has attracted a lot of users of the years and it’s not without merit. From Fabrizio himself:
There’s one app I really miss on my Mac: a great native client for Readability. I imagined how it could look and designed it in Photoshop
Fabrizio has done a great job of taking the clean interface the app is known for on iOS and turning it into a great looking OSX app, with the design standing out for its simplicity, ease of use and functionality.
Working my way through Behance and appreciating some of the fine work on show on there, I came across this little beauty which will surely interest a lot of people concerning redesigns.
Dribbble is a great site for designers and non-designers alike to get inspiration and sometimes just simply stare in awe at the quality of the work on show. Not without its faults design- and community-wise, Dribbble has influenced a lot of people in the way they show off work, and looks like it’s here to stay. This Dribbble redesign focuses much more on the actual shot on display and exhibits some great UX in terms of understanding the shot and using the most of the available space. From Felipe himself:
I got to work on some pages, and according to some studies of user experience that was the result.
And I must say, he’s done a great job of it too!
Windows, and as such Microsoft, have undergone a massive change in their visual direction of late, with the much flaunted Metro breathing fresh air into mobile layouts and Windows 8 focusing much more on touch experiences. However, a lot of distaste still remains with MS platforms and apps, with the design largely unchanged in the main OS, and bad UX in other areas.
Phyek brings a new vision to the Windows platform, featuring a whole new layout and UX, with a heavy influence of Metro and Google in places. Gone is the Windows standard of bordered windows and taskbars, and instead comes in a clean taskbar with clear iconography, clearer environment and mich more simpler overall. Picked up by The Verge, it’s no surprise the attention this design got and with over 1500 likes on Dribbble, it’s clear that a lot of people would love Windows 9 to look a little something like this.
Spotify is a great service, but like Steam, the UI and overall look of the app can feel a little dated and at odds with the great service it supplies.
Maxwell Barvian’s redesgn of the app is a great evolution of the current app, featuring a much cleaner, brighter layout and an emphasis on making the app easier to use and read. The lighter interface works wonders with the often colourful artwork from albums, and the subtle elements and effects are a great touch. I particularly love the artist overlay, with its great layout and focus on imagery.