Banner Feedback: Experiences Landing Page

 This is a sample of what we are pulling together for the banner for the new EXPERIENCES (stories) main landing page.  NOW... There is a key thing to note --- this is only seen by users who are not logged in.  So many of you who are going to review this... well, it's not really directed at you per se.


I need you to think back to first coming to EP.  You have landed on the main groups page... and there is a banner at the top of the page that is loosely giving you some direction / info about where you are at within the site.   As the EXPERIENCES (story) section is a key jumping off point where people start to understand the power of sharing and stories and words.  We wanted something that conveyed that... we went down this path before with a different treatment, but the "ghost whisperer" as I like to call him.... well, he didn't work for many of you.

With that in mind, we tried something new and incorporated a new image mage of words that at this resolution you cannot read, however, in the banner space you will be able to read the words that make up her face, her eyes, her hair, etc.

Thoughts?  Do you like the image with the text?  As always please share your comments.

EPjake EPjake
26-30, M
47 Responses May 21, 2009

Very inviting...not intimidating at all....I like it!

i don't like it, doesn't seem to fit the community here well, i like reformed automaton's pic, he is the EP community, strong, yet not domineering, content but not overly happy and phony, and he looks like he has a wealth of knowledge and experience

Looks like a billboard for a real-life highway & I'm not sure if that is a good thing, imho.

*thumbs up*

I really like this one. Great job!

I do like the banner however I like the idea of a man and a woman in it. The verbiage was great...think about a picture change... :)

I like both shoreguyCT's and Elfinsong's suggestions - not that there is anything wrong with either just one man or one woman, but I don't get much of a sense of community from this picture..<br />
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though I do like the concept...:)<br />
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My suggestion:<br />
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*-Put either a man and a woman holding hands, many people holding hands, or just a man and a woman, and have the EP code switch randomly between either picture, or have it switch between just a man, just a woman, or a group of people - many different pictures...<br />
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Also, there is no notion of "stories" anywhere in the text.<br />
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Consider taking another shot at it?<br />
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Suggestion:<br />
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*-"When people connect and share their stories, our community is enriched by who they are, rather than who they know..."<br />
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Great work. Keep it up. :)

It's a bit girly and flirty, it is cool but does not include all of EP possibilities

pretty good. but something is missing still. i don't know. maybe because of the image, it still is dull. :(

Looks very user friendly.

I liked the other better but it creeped some out....<br />
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How about a man and woman smiling at each other with words swirling around them... just a thought

I am please with it <br />
she makes one feel qite welcomed here

It's OK..a bit boring. Can't hardly read the words..which are nice.

I really like it. This is a place of words, so the concept makes sense. Also the picture looks inviting. And I am sure that is what you are going for.

I like it<br />

Wow, this is much better, feel more welcome than before and even friendier too. XD

I like it much better.<br />

I love the idea of the word-image, but my very first impression was that it looks like the header for a dating service. If we are going to have a pretty young girl to represent all of us in all our diversity, I'd rather see her looking more serious. As it is, I think she conveys the impression that all the stories are happy and pleasant. Perhaps a more androgynous face would represent EP's glorious cross-section of personality types a little better? That's my opinion, anyway. But keep the words!

I like it very much - good work!

I like this one a bit better. It looks great and you all are doing a great job :-)

I like it

Yeah it is a little less confusing as the last one, but either is good

KIK, I don't know if it'd be good to change the colour, coz blue is typical for EP...


I think you have a hit here with this one. I have seen a few suggestions that you could put a man in there as well. Or maybe trade off between the two. Looking good.

ooo, much better! I like it! And I see you changed the tagline. Good, I think it needed it. I still like "your turn" instead of "your time" but the world is not going to end if you leave it the way it is. So, much better though, I like the changes very much! <br />
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Although I am a bit confused with the coloring. This is all in cream, which looks nice. But the site is all in blues now. Won't that look out of place, or are you planning on changing the color scheme of the site? I won't say to make that banner blue, since it looks brighter and more hopeful in cream like that. I just wondered if you'd thought about coordinating it with the colors of the page it will be on. Just a thought.

hmm maybe change the colour. Blue could be hard to read by some. Are you intending same image for every experience or it will change?<br />
Otherwise is good.

I agree with dreamvoyeur and think you should have a man in the picture...DD

It needs to appeal to both men and women. I prefer the prior version.

i love it :)

I like both of them . She seems friendly but I liked the other one also!

I like both of them . She seems friendly but I liked the other one also!

Nice but still not catchy for new user, i mean the image, it looks like some vintage thing, thats the best i could describe..

yes. better

wasn't sure if i should edit or post a new comment since you may have already read the previous ones, but here's an idea....<br />
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how about something along the lines of some people (old, young, men, women) standing in a circle with words connecting them as their arms/hands would be? or they could all be made of one person's words would be flowing through the other person...just like a big circle, representing 'our circle' of friends. or something like that :)

Better. It still feels like something is missing.

put a ,a man and woman on the banner <br />
it looks good

I really liked the other one, This one is nice but I think it looks a little generic. It's nice to see the word make the person. I like the idea of the man and woman, since both use this site. But I do have to say that I like the first one best, I could understand claims that it was "Creepy" but the face of the woman was very comforted as she was being embraced. I think that was the most important part of that...

I also like this one much better. Like some other people have stating, maybe there should be a man in it as well.

I absolutely ADORE the verbiage there...<br />
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"...people connect not because of who they know, but who they are."<br />
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Of course, I have to be a grammar Nazi again; it should be WHOM they know :-P<br />
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But that sentence totally captures the spirit of EP and conveys the message perfectly. Many people don't like typical social networking sites because of just that...they focus on how many people you know, and it's like a "popularity contest." But EP isn't like that, and that's why that verbiage is a perfect description of EP!<br />
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As for the word woman, she is SO much better than that word ghost being hugged! She does seem very friendly :-)<br />
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The idea of a man and a woman is good too. I still really liked the hugging thing in the previous post, just not the ghost dude. How about use that woman and also make a word man like her, and have them hugging each other?

It's okay...even though I thought the first image was creepy wonderful. I feel like I'm running in circles with my opinion, can't make up my mind. I liked the idea of the words wrapping around and comforting the individual better than a smiling face. Maybe have a man and woman with words enveloping them...the people reaching out to one another through the words. I don't know. I do know you guys are doing a great job and working hard to make EP great!

the text is good, i like all the wording. still not sure about the image. it's good and i like it, just thinking if it will appeal to both men and dreamvoyeur said, maybe a male and female figure? or something neutral?

I think it's great. I also like the suggestion of putting a man in also.

I like the it. The woman seems very friendly.


I like this one, the woman seems friendly.

She is friendlier looking than the other one. She is welcoming and I do like the verbiage. This is similar to the current verbiage on the original homepage so yes it works for me.