Guess who’s back, back again?
Remember that time when your ‘ex’ showed up at the same bar as you and looked a lot uglier than you remembered?
Well, Myspace is not your ex. Myspace is the kid you liked in middle school, who was a nerd in high school, and then showed up at a bar years later—way hotter. What am I rambling on about!?
Through responsive, sleek, user-friendly interface design, clean and comfortable usability and in-your-face photos, Myspace is getting all up in your space, in the sexiest new light.
As the great David Bowie says, “Ch-ch-channgessss, turn and face the strange.”
But seriously, what is so great about the new Myspace design (aside from Justin Timberlake being all, “Yo, Myspace is where it’s at. Dirty pop your way back here.”)?
Platforms like Pinterest (36,000 sign-ups in its first week), Instagram (two million users in its first six weeks) and Spotify which each reached a remarkable amount of users during the first weeks of launching, taught designers and developers a valuable lesson: users like their content like Ricky Bobby likes his cars—fast and easy.
Myspace’s new design offers a user experience similar to favorite platforms of today, yet challenges the leading competitors of the social space.
- Navigation that can easily be accessed in multiple areas of your screen.
- A multivariable search function that categorizes and aggregates songs, artists, albums and videos.
- Real-time interaction and music-mix sharing with friends.
- Multiple ways to personalize your page using music mixes and large cover photos, so you can show the world, including your favorite artists, what speaks to you.
It’s obvious that design wise, Myspace is just like heaven. However, some may say we have Spotify to listen to music, YouTube to view it and Facebook to blabber on about it (and whatever else we want), so the question design alone can’t answer is, ‘why will people use or return to the new digs?’
Timberlake believes Myspace will be especially useful for it’s music-loving audience. According to JT, artists will discover more about their fans, and in turn, discover more about themselves. This is why he believes the “quality of engagement” will be more rewarding.
Being a music lover myself, I can’t wait to take a break from new- born baby posts, and engagement ring photos on platforms such as Facebook. I don’t mind Myspace coming here, and wasting all my time. In fact, I know I could spend hours creating the perfect music mix, sharing it with my music-loving friends, and reading about my favorite music makers.
Time will tell if this platform will break or bust, but it can’t hurt to give it a try. If Myspace is not something you previously enjoyed, at least give it a chance. If anything, it’s design is worth viewing. Maybe it’s just what you, oh underground-music lover you, needed?
Want to check out my mixes that will contribute to your ‘ear-gasms’ (including the songs mentioned throughout this post)? Well, you have to have a beta account. However, Santy may just be giving a few of those away very soon. Comment if interested!
Joey Brandt - Jr. Digital Art Director