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[Worker] Reinvention of BitShares Look and Feel
« on: June 22, 2018, 10:25:48 am »


Hello Bitshares community we are Scorum, a product-based company that is currently launching the Scorum sports media platform powered by the Graphene Framework. We’ve assembled a top team of 50+ designers, developers, SEO specialists, sports analysts and marketing staff locally in the High-Tech Park of Belarus. Check out the team presentation.

Following up on Scorum’s speech and meetings with BitShares Committee members at the Global Graphene DevCon in Shanghai in May 2018, Scorum has submitted a Worker proposal based on a design audit of the BitShares Exchange and Landing page.

We believe that with the right design approach, BitShares can become a highly competitive exchange solution for the growing cryptocurrency audience.

The core service of Scorum, our decentralized sports blog platform has already launched at www.scorum.com and been well received by users. It’s currently available in 5 language interfaces but will be expanded to 20+ with the help of the Scorum bounty community.

See all of Scorum’s development progress including Atomic Swaps solution for Graphene chains at the Scorum Github: https://github.com/scorum/scorum

UX/UI Proposal details

Goal: Reinvent BitShares UX and UI which will increase mass adoption of the DEX platform, increase interest from experienced traders and recognition among global Crypto community. All these should lead to growth in BTS price. To better understand the scope of the Scorum Design Proposal, visit bitshares.scorum.com and read all about the design approach, timelines, budget estimations, and more.

UX/UI Design: Service Design Approach (proven methodology by design-led companies like Facebook and Uber) focused on user research and collaboration with community, that consists of following phases:
  • Research Phase – from surveys among users to Ideal Customer Journey Map
  • UX Design Phase – from exchange wireframes to UX design testing
  • Visual Design Phase – from definition of Bitshares visual language to interactions

Final delivery: New User Interface design for all devices (desktops, tablets and mobiles) for both Exchange and Landing page with described user interactions for all screens as well as the BitShares Design System.

All info about UX/UI worker proposal can be found on bitshares.scorum.com/uxui
The Design proposal will begin on 02.07.2018 and continue for approximately 152 days.

What does successful modern design involve?

Good design is time consuming

Our desk research shows that BitShares has a lot of UX and UI problems: too difficult for new users, lacking in tools for experienced traders, visually outdated and has accessibility issues. The results are obvious: we see low traffic on BitShares Exchange while centralized and more simple exchanges grow in popularity. In addition, the crypto world has inherent gaps in new users adoption experience.

To solve these problems a huge amount of work should be done: from detailed UX research to interactive design by applying modern design patterns and accessibility requirements.

  • Methodologies are important. We will do more than just redesign the current screens, we are going to rebuild the entire user experience by applying Service Design – a multidisciplinary approach to developing services that deliver more value for both customers and service providers with user research and collaboration with the community at the heart of the process.
  • UX research is an important investment. It encompasses gathering and analyzing data in a way to improve usability, using a set of research techniques (interviews, usability tests, card sorting). Large companies like Facebook (blog), Amazon and AirBnB (blog) are now insisting on research driven user experience work to be carried out on their websites, Apps and UI’s before final visual design starts.
  • To offer the most value from our proposal, in addition to design mockups we are going to create a Bitshares design system – a collection of reusable components guided by clear standards that can be assembled together to build any number of applications. Companies like Uber and AirBnB value the importance of design systems.

How much money do design-led companies spend?

In recent years design-led companies have shown the world how design can enhance their brand, create loyalty and extract maximum potential from a product. Sometimes the product may not even be the best in terms of features but if it’s well designed with a detailed focus on customer and user experience it can stand out from the competition.

Here are some studies that can be easily found on the net:

  • From the Design Value Index Study, those who invest in Service Design win, and they win big. Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P’s 500) companies that have adapted their culture to a service design focus have seen a value increase of 211% in comparison to those that haven't.
  • Companies like Facebook, Apple, Samsung invest billions of dollars in Research and Development
  • Design increases turnover: For every £1 invested in design, businesses can expect over £20 in increased revenues in UK. Design Council Study
  • IBM bought three digital ad/design companies in a three week-span in 2016. One of them, for example, Resource/Ammirati has about 300 employees and revenue of $75 million.

Why it should be done now?

Lots of DEX competitors are entering the market, including huge players like Binance who have sponsored a Decentralized Exchange Coding Competition (Binance Dexathon) and EOSfinex, who are dedicating large amounts of resources and talent to creating new DEX platforms. BitShares provides a very strong foundation and an established legacy as a long-running DEX, but to compete with the new competition entering this space it needs to adapt quickly to the needs of current and potential customers.

Cryptocurrency in general continues to grow in popularity around the world and mass adoption is going to be critical for any project to succeed in this space, but BitShares has big problems with that. 80% of our users (4k) are not satisfied with Bitshares interface to such an extent that they even don’t want to interact with the exchange.

Why Scorum?

Our company is really interested in helping to make Bitshares a successful project since our own product also based on Graphene and our tokens are traded at the BitShares exchange.
The funds from this worker proposal, after excess funds are returned to the worker pool, will pay for the design research and creation and be further invested back into development of the Scorum sports ecosystem, a Graphene-based project with the potential to reach millions of new cryptocurrency users in the sports industry. Since our token is already listed on BitShares, the impact of our growing user base will directly improve the traffic and usership of the DEX.

To discuss this worker proposal further, feel free to post any questions here or talk with the team in the Telegram chat we’ve created to discuss Scorum’s design proposal for BitShares
« Last Edit: June 22, 2018, 02:24:09 pm by John_Mct »
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Re: [Worker] Reinvention of BitShares Look and Feel
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2018, 10:41:29 am »
GOOD Worker!!!

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Re: [Worker] Reinvention of BitShares Look and Feel
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2018, 11:28:50 am »
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Re: [Worker] Reinvention of BitShares Look and Feel
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2018, 11:47:39 am »
I really like the design audit, many flaws shown in the existing UI. Some good know-how behind you guys! I am wondering if you have considered working together with the current UI worker as the UX redesigning input?

Anyways, I have been looking in the details from your homepage. I see the following calculations:
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bitUSD 347800
BTS 5434375
Days 152
BTS per day 35752

Is the worker asking to be funded in bitUSD with exceeding BTS to be returned? Is there an escrow? What happens if price spikes or drops?

In the end of the propsal you say

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The income from this worker proposal will be invested back into further development of the Scorum sports ecosystem

That suggests that all exceeding BTS are funneled into Scorum? Can you please comment on that?

I'm unsure what the exact deliverables are. A working prototype?
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Re: [Worker] Reinvention of BitShares Look and Feel
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2018, 01:03:08 pm »
I really like the design audit, many flaws shown in the existing UI. Some good know-how behind you guys! I am wondering if you have considered working together with the current UI worker as the UX redesigning input?

Anyways, I have been looking in the details from your homepage. I see the following calculations:
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Total
bitUSD 347800
BTS 5434375
Days 152
BTS per day 35752

Is the worker asking to be funded in bitUSD with exceeding BTS to be returned? Is there an escrow? What happens if price spikes or drops?

In the end of the propsal you say

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The income from this worker proposal will be invested back into further development of the Scorum sports ecosystem

That suggests that all exceeding BTS are funneled into Scorum? Can you please comment on that?

I'm unsure what the exact deliverables are. A working prototype?


No we’re not working with the current UI worker team because we have all the necessary team members in-house and would rather not try to collaborate with a remote team because it’s inefficient.

The Scorum UI/UX worker will be funded with BTS at a set bitUSD rate, vested for 7 days, and the exceeding BTS will be returned. The quote has a built in 2.5x buffer to handle rate changes in BTS, which is common in most BitShares worker proposals.

Regarding the escrow, we’ve established connections with many committee members and keep in close contact with them and we’ll be delivering regular milestone updates to the community.

The exact deliverable will be the new User Interface for all screens on all devices along with described user interactions to guide front-end development and implementation.


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Re: [Worker] Reinvention of BitShares Look and Feel
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2018, 01:23:23 pm »
No we’re not working with the current UI worker team because we have all the necessary team members in-house and would rather not try to collaborate with a remote team because it’s inefficient.
Debatable. Knowledge transfer never hurts, collaboration would have been nice.

Here are some more questions, sorry for pestering ...

A)
The Scorum UI/UX worker will be funded with BTS at a set bitUSD rate
What do you mean at a set bitUSD rate? Will you continuously sell bitUSD until 347800 bitUSD are reached and return all the rest (like the foundations worker model?)

B)
Regarding the escrow, we’ve established connections with many committee members and keep in close contact with them and we’ll be delivering regular milestone updates to the community.
I would have really liked to see an actual escrow, but that is only my personal opinion. Would you be willing to ask those committee members to vouch for this publicly?

C)
Can you please comment on what you mean with this initial sentence
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The income from this worker proposal will be invested back into further development of the Scorum sports ecosystem

D)
You are mentioning a follow up worker proposal that does the actual implementation. I assume that you also do not plan to collaborate with the existing UI team then (basically direct competition with the current UI worker, which would then get rendered useless)?
Also, can you estimate in what budget range the follow up worker proposal will be?

Thank you for your time!

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Re: [Worker] Reinvention of BitShares Look and Feel
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2018, 01:44:00 pm »
A)
What do you mean at a set bitUSD rate? Will you continuously sell bitUSD until 347800 bitUSD are reached and return all the rest (like the foundations worker model?)

B)
Regarding the escrow, we’ve established connections with many committee members and keep in close contact with them and we’ll be delivering regular milestone updates to the community.
I would have really liked to see an actual escrow, but that is only my personal opinion. Would you be willing to ask those committee members to vouch for this publicly?

C)
Can you please comment on what you mean with this initial sentence
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The income from this worker proposal will be invested back into further development of the Scorum sports ecosystem

D)
You are mentioning a follow up worker proposal that does the actual implementation. I assume that you also do not plan to collaborate with the existing UI team then (basically direct competition with the current UI worker, which would then get rendered useless)?
Also, can you estimate in what budget range the follow up worker proposal will be?

Thank you for your time!

A- Yes we're following the foundation worker model

B- We plan to make the deliveries regularly but if the community agrees that an escrow is necessary we would be open to that

C- In this line, 'income' refers to the net after the excess has been refunded. Aside from funding the redesign work, we will be actively promoting use of the BitShares DEX to new users who enter the cryptocurrency industry via the Scorum sports platform.

D- Without having all the design mockups ready, it's impossible to make an estimation of the implementation costs at this point. The final delivery of the Design Worker will dictate the costs and timelines of Front-End development
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Re: [Worker] Reinvention of BitShares Look and Feel
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2018, 02:16:37 pm »
Not decided if I would support this wp or not.

First let say I greatly appreciate the UI / UX design approach you bring with this wp. There are only a few in this community (and in cryto projects in general) that have discussed the importance of the up-front design work to reach an audience, specifically the user focused requirements gathering and audience identification that all subsequent work should be based on. I truly hope the community is now ready to consider the merits and benefits of such work.

In some respects this wp may be exactly what is required to motivate the community to see the benefits of such a design approach. Separating the cost of design from implementation is also a good aspect of this approach, so the community can better understand the cost to produce a quality UI / UX. It also provides an avenue to improve the work of the existing UI team lead by Bill Butler, who is most familiar with the code base, including its strengths and weaknesses.

User requirements gathering and coding are distinctly different disciplines. Although there is clearly overlap there is a severe lack of systematic and comprehensive gathering of user requirements, which translates to poor metrics to evaluate and measure the quality of the resulting UI implementation and thus the performance of the UI coders.

My reservations about this wp come in 2 areas. 1- deliverables, and 2- excess funds.

Deliverables
Since this wp is all about design, it needs to include a more precise definition of the deliverables, which will serve as inputs to the UI coders. It should do so in a "balanced" approach that considers the current state of the codebase and provides a useful migration path to achieve the design goals while recognizing the starting point of existing codebase. It must not be assumed a total rewrite from scratch and scraping of the existing codebase is the most efficient way to achieve the design goals. This requires cooperation and support of SVK and Bill Butler's UI coding team. Likewise if a total rewrite would be a more efficient path, the case for that must be made clear to everyone. That case cannot be made until the conclusion of the design however.

I also have reservations about deliverables being biased towards the gaming / gambling / sports markets and not a generalized DEx.This wp needs to address this issue to assure supporters will not simply be providing a subsidy to another project, namely scorum.

Excess Funds   
I have reservations about where the excess funds will go. I do not want them to be funneled to scorum or any other project than BitShares. It is my desire that other projects will benefit substantially from this wp in many ways, but those benefits should be indirect rather than direct.

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Re: [Worker] Reinvention of BitShares Look and Feel
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2018, 02:30:27 pm »

Deliverables
Since this wp is all about design, it needs to include a more precise definition of the deliverables, which will serve as inputs to the UI coders. It should do so in a "balanced" approach that considers the current state of the codebase and provides a useful migration path to achieve the design goals while recognizing the starting point of existing codebase. It must not be assumed a total rewrite from scratch and scraping of the existing codebase is the most efficient way to achieve the design goals. This requires cooperation and support of SVK and Bill Butler's UI coding team. Likewise if a total rewrite would be a more efficient path, the case for that must be made clear to everyone. That case cannot be made until the conclusion of the design however.

I also have reservations about deliverables being biased towards the gaming / gambling / sports markets and not a generalized DEx.This wp needs to address this issue to assure supporters will not simply be providing a subsidy to another project, namely scorum.

Excess Funds   
I have reservations about where the excess funds will go. I do not want them to be funneled to scorum or any other project than BitShares. It is my desire that other projects will benefit substantially from this wp in many ways, but those benefits should be indirect rather than direct.


Re: Deliverables
The final design deliverables will include clear instructions that another front-end team will be able to implement. As you write, we will know more about how much of the current code base can be re-used and/or refurbished or if it would be more efficient to start from a clean slate.

Re: Excess funds
They will be returned to the worker pool, first post was modified to make that more clear. Sorry for any confusion in this regard.
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2018, 04:09:36 pm »
This worker provokes me different sensations.

In one side, i strongly think a full redesign as proposed here is what bitshares needs. Since the beginning of the web front ends change all the time as technology advances in the field. All big players makes a full redesign of their web page once every 2 or 3 years. Start from scratch with a new foundation and direction can be the best thing to do if current foundation is obsolete.

For what i see in the audit and worker link it seems to me this team are professional enough to do the job.

In my humble opinion if we end up with a new modern UI as proposed the impact in BTS price will be direct, something stakeholders will want.

In the other hand, this particular worker does not end with a single line of code but just a (very valuable) preparation of what the team can do in a second worker, it kind of force the stakeholders to vote for this worker and the next one(no price yet).  Stakeholders need to think in at least double price(and double time) to get the final product.

Another thing that i think it could be handled a bit better is to create some sort of cooperation with the current UI worker, i understand that for the team having all in house is more efficient but we have current employees with their worker proposal expiring right now and with no possibility of joining the new project.

I understand this is a free market, competition is good but as part of the bitshares-core team, if a new worker proposal of this kind came into the core, i will maybe accept it but i will definitely don't like it.

Even with that, this stage of preparation will mean that everybody will be keep using the current UI for a while, this should give enough time to settle this things.

Great job overall, i like this worker and i will be probably voting it, i can offer myself as an escrow if needed, i am not a committee member but i am well known in the community.

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Re: [Worker] Reinvention of BitShares Look and Feel
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2018, 12:28:36 am »
The audit report and work plan look professional. Good!

My questions:

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152 days (29+40+83)

The mentioned total project duration is 152 days, I guess it's workdays, right? In the proposal some team members will work with 100% workload, 8 hours a day, I don't think they will work 7 days every week. So effectively the product will be delivered after around 30 weeks, or 7.5 months?

So IMHO the worker should not only last for 152 days but need to be E.G. 8 months, accordingly, daily pay can be lower.

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The quote has a built in 2.5x buffer to handle rate changes in BTS, which is common in most BitShares worker proposals.

With the 2.5x buffer, an escrow is a must. Otherwise you should be able to get all the needed money in the first 2 months without delivered the final deliverable, it's too risky for the DAC.

You can update your worker account to multisig, controlled by the escrow team or individuals.

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The Design proposal will begin on 02.07.2018

Just noticed that you've created the worker(ID=1.14.107), but you didn't even mention it in this post.

Please be aware that you still need to campaign and leave some time for stake holders to vote.

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BTS per day 35752

Please be aware that current *available* budget is around 44000 BTS per day, and is shrinking slowly.
(The "refund400k" worker is recycling 11% of 40K BTS per day: https://wallet.bitshares.org/#/account/committee-account/voting)

In addition,
* Alfredo's core dev worker is expiring, if he would renew, the new one would be with higher daily pay.
* The BitShares-UI worker has expired but didn't renew, and will likely be renewed with a higher daily pay as well.

That said, if you asked for too much, the DAC won't be able to fulfill all voted workers, that means some worker (perhaps you or another worker) will get reduced pay.
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« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2018, 09:23:47 am »
Another thing is, when coding according to the deliverable of this worker (the design), it's expected that some designed functionalities need to be changed due to whatever reason. Will this worker cover the work needed for design changing? If not, will you support the changing, and how much would it be?
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Re: [Worker] Reinvention of BitShares Look and Feel
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2018, 04:14:51 pm »
This worker provokes me different sensations.

In one side, i strongly think a full redesign as proposed here is what bitshares needs. Since the beginning of the web front ends change all the time as technology advances in the field. All big players makes a full redesign of their web page once every 2 or 3 years. Start from scratch with a new foundation and direction can be the best thing to do if current foundation is obsolete.

For what i see in the audit and worker link it seems to me this team are professional enough to do the job.

In my humble opinion if we end up with a new modern UI as proposed the impact in BTS price will be direct, something stakeholders will want.

In the other hand, this particular worker does not end with a single line of code but just a (very valuable) preparation of what the team can do in a second worker, it kind of force the stakeholders to vote for this worker and the next one(no price yet).  Stakeholders need to think in at least double price(and double time) to get the final product.

Another thing that i think it could be handled a bit better is to create some sort of cooperation with the current UI worker, i understand that for the team having all in house is more efficient but we have current employees with their worker proposal expiring right now and with no possibility of joining the new project.

I understand this is a free market, competition is good but as part of the bitshares-core team, if a new worker proposal of this kind came into the core, i will maybe accept it but i will definitely don't like it.

Even with that, this stage of preparation will mean that everybody will be keep using the current UI for a while, this should give enough time to settle this things.

Great job overall, i like this worker and i will be probably voting it, i can offer myself as an escrow if needed, i am not a committee member but i am well known in the community.

Thanks Oxarbitrage for your opinion. All your thoughts are very reasonable and we really appreciate it.

With our first worker proposal we cannot collaborate with current UI team as they don’t have design specialists in it. But on the front-end phase (if approved) we would certainly consider collaboration with them. 

As we mentioned before we know in person quite a few committee members and also we have launched some products already. But if our recognition will not be enough for the community we absolutely don’t mind having an escrow. So thanks a lot for your proposal and we will definitely consider it.
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Re: [Worker] Reinvention of BitShares Look and Feel
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2018, 11:04:03 pm »
As abit and oxarbitrage indicated, escrow is very important to protect the dac and assure shareholders you are considerate of what's best for ecosystem are being responsible. IMO it is a vital element.

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Re: [Worker] Reinvention of BitShares Look and Feel
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2018, 12:43:26 am »
RE design audit:

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List with all main indicators
Main tools for drawing on chart
Chart view setting (colors, sizes)

Already implemented recently using tradingview, please tick these for the Bitshares column.

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Landing page

I believe another team has full control of this and plans to implement a new design - out of scope for this worker proposal, IMO.

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Exchange:
The trading layout is hard to customize and fails to take into account traders’ personal preferences
The variety of drawing tools on the chart is insufficient for advanced users and on the whole not visible enough.
The number of indicators is too limited for experienced users.
Chart settings are not clearly visible or easy to find.

False - tradingview changed the above weeks ago.

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There is no indication of progress during the transfer of funds to the exchange
This would be the responsibility of the gateway service, unless it was some sort of atomic cross chain transfer.

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