Currnt

Showcase people's passions

How we changed the way thought-leaders share their knowledge and passions

The Brief

Currnt is a new type of ‘knowledge-networking’ where passionate professionals exchange insights and recognition on innovative topics with diverse and equal caliber peers from around the world.

Challenges

Known as the “The Fresh Knowledge Movement”, Currnt is a platform of 40,000+ thought-leaders that come together on sponsored panels and share their knowledge on specific topics. As a platform for professionals, they had to showcase people's passions to the public in a better way.

Users' profile is a visual representation of what drives them. In rapid change, their recent passions are as important as their resume.The site then needed to optimize the experience of the Currnt so that it represents what thought-leaders care about. While going over the audit of the site, there were a couple of open questions:

- How can we add social interactions to their profiles?

- How can canvas incorporate saved and suggest content, without the suggested content feeling like targeted-ads?

- How can users access to old content whenever they want?

Tasks

Optimize the user experience of the profiles visualization and Expert Groups pages, keeping the notion that both must represent fresh ideas.

"It's really helpful to have someone who can take the time on getting the experience right." - Emmanuel Randon, CTO

How it used to be

Saved content were represented in bubbles following the notion that ideas expire so do bubbles. At the same time, the fresher the content, the bigger the circle, so the freshness of the content was represented by the size of the circle.

From a user's perspective, this was challenging because the bubble's content was limited, faded color could break the readability of the white text on top and font size couldn't be readable when content was getting old. Moreover, these content/ideas expired, so for instance, users won't be able to see content from a year ago.

How it is now

After going back and forth with the CEO and CTO, we decided to remove the bubbles and represented the content as cards. Users won't have the font size nor readability problem anymore with this new concept. Moreover, freshness now is represented depending on the position the card has in the profile instead of the size of it.

Something users didn't have before was Expert Currnt: a page that collects posts from users and sponsored panels that have related tags. These can be found at the top of their profile.

As a new feature in the contend, we added a "pin" concept for user's to keep content that matters to them at top of their profiles so that they are always showing what they care about the most.

We also took care of social interaction.The cards show familiar faces: sponsored panels have participants, expert groups have curators, audience and a 'followed by you' row which tell them if there is anyone they know already following that topic. This is going to keep the engagement going.

Evolving the look and feel

This is a game changer for the company. We were not only evolving the content's representation but also the whole user experience. We wanted to represent the modern and innovative potential of what Currnt can be while honoring its ability to encourage thought-leaders to thrive.

What’s next?

What people say

In summary, I work as a team member or contractor with startups and stablished companies around the world. Let's take a look at how people have described working with me:

I've enjoyed working with Diego on our design project and look forward to working with him on projects in the future. The designs Diego created were excellent! I've seen a lot of design work but Diego's design skills and methodology definitely stands above the rest.  Not only is Diego excellent with design, but he's also skilled in regards to time management and has excellent customer/client facing communication skills. I would definitely recommend working with Diego to anyone looking for an experienced leader in design for your next project.
Earl Holland
Senior Software Architect @NodeAssets
I truly believe Diego's experience possesses a whole new level of creativity, uniqueness, and passion. In my company, everyone is amazed by his work and professional skills. He has a singular ability to walk you through his designs and processes which such clarity of explanation that sometimes makes you believe you are a designer just like him.
Nathalia Rueda
IT Recruiter @NativApps
Our KDS changed incredibly with Diego's help. From the beginning, he diagnosed the obstacles that we were putting our chefs on, and managed to turn everything around to leave us with a much more agile, simple and efficient interface. We managed to increase delivery times and reduce errors immediately. Very happy with his work.
Edwin Pérez
CEO @BigBites
I love Diego's ability to deliver fast and transform ideas into bright designs. His right attitude is one of many things to highlight when it comes to working with him.
Paula Avellaneda
Product Manager @DRUO
When I hired Diego, I knew he was a world-class designer and his past and present work is a case in point. He was able to successfully deliver the slick product we envisioned for so long in a little over a month. If you are building something truly awesome, Diego can do the heavy lifting with little or no input.
Mohammed
CEO & Founder @Remitfix
It's really  helpful to have someone who can take the time on getting the experience right.
Emmanuel Randon
CTO @Currnt
Diego has such a neat and excellent portfolio that made my decision very easy. He understood my concept, contributed his experience, advised me and made me feel very confident about what I needed. He is a patient, calm and flexible person who really listens to the client and he designed my wishes precisely. I recommend him 100%, it was a dream to work with him.
Genesis Morales
CEO & Founder @Genesis Morales
Diego is one of a kind when it comes to his design mind. We are lucky to have him as our lead product guy because in truth he is so well rounded that he can work on mobile-web, desktop-web, mobile apps (both ios and android), admin portal, email templates etc I can go on. You normally don't find designers who can delievery quality work across this range consistenly. Thanks for being part of this team"
Windsor Kitaka
CEO & Founder @TransferX
It was a pleasure to work with Diego. My partner and I felt guided all the way through the project. Diego has a great ability for design thinking and for user friendly business. I highly recommend Diego if you want a webpage designed perfectly for the specific public you desire.
Camila Luque
CEO & Cofounder @MILA
Diego has a vast knowledge in managing customers and creating value on a fast pace with a short amount of direction and great results both in design and UX/UI. Great experience working with him!
Daniel Martin
CEO @Equity Advisors
Limitless creative mind is the phrase that comes to mind when I think about Diego. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Diego for 3 years, during which we built together great digital products. Above all, I was impressed with Diego’s ability to make eye-catching designs out of nothing. And, of course, his high commitment. Diego would be a true asset for any positions requiring creative skills and comes with my heartfelt recommendation.
Farid Delgado
Senior Software Engineer at Center for AI & Cognitive Computing @Thomson Reuters
Diego totally nails the world of UX/UI. He is a strategic thinker with brilliant execution.
Manuel Gutiérrez
CTO @DRUO
I highly recommend Diego, he is an excellent professional. I highlight his ability to produce simple and visually appealing user interfaces and also his ability to give direction when managing projects. A design strategist that always focus on user needs, I would work with him again without hesitation.
Brian Angulo
Product Designer

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