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Reform & Revolution

Pin Board for Design


Tiny
Published 04/20/2012 and rated Ratingstars2 2 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Reform & Revolution is a pin board website based primarily around creativity and art. Users can visit the homepage and explore a collection of colorful images and photographs along with brief descriptions and captions. The user can see who published the item and which category it was filed under. Clicking on the item takes the user to the item page, which includes a larger version of the image, basic details and a form for users who would like to leave a comment. The user must provide a name and email address along with their comment. The site offers a watered down collection of features, letting the user do all the navigation from the homepage. The images continue to load as the user scrolls down.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Reform & Revolution is a little known Pinterest style website. The application uses a similar design, but focuses entirely on design, art and related content. Few users have mentioned the site and the collection seems to be restricted to one large list with no categories, which is either an indication of unfriendly design or a lack of items. The application currently holds an interesting collection of images and content, but doesn’t do much to help that content get in front of more users.

What are the differences to other apps?

Users who have seen Pinterest will immediately recognize Reform & Revolution. The application draws in visitors with an enticing collection of unique and artistic images and descriptions. The problem is that the appeal ends there. The application is unique because it is so difficult to navigate and lacks the depth that other pin board websites manage to achieve. While the images and content are high quality, the design seems one dimensional and doesn’t let the user find things easily.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Reform & Revolution somehow managed to clone Pinterest’s layout and make it less user friendly. The application displays each item in a white box with a few highlights and details, much like Pinterest. The problem is that navigation consists of scrolling down the page and letting the newer items load. There is no search and no categories presented on the homepage. Tiny categories exist as tags under some item descriptions, but these are hard to find and not always available.

How does the registration process work?

A new visitor can explore the Reform & Revolution collection without signing in. All items are listed on the homepage and will continue to appear as the user scrolls downward. Users can click the black “Login” link in the upper, left corner of the homepage (beside the logo) to sign in. Doing so takes the user to the WordPress login area. The user must sign in with their WordPress account to access the site. Users should note that for unexplained reasons the WordPress login may not work. This could be due to an access or authorization issue.

What does it cost to use the application?

Reform & Revolution costs nothing to explore. Users can visit any time to look for new items and listings. The application doesn’t have much to offer in the way of features and functions. Even the content is rather limited and the user interface is not very user friendly. The site could use some upgrades, which are hinted at by the highlighted box at the top of the homepage.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Reform & Revolution might be interesting for users who simply want to look at unique, creative images. The site is good for little more than that. Users can post comments with their email address and name. The site doesn’t offer much as far as user friendly interface elements or exciting features. Significant improvements need to be made, starting with basic navigation functions that allow users to find content.

  • Browse a wide range of art and design related content
  • Post comments to specific pinned items
  • Access links to studios, professionals and others
  • Read descriptions that provide additional detail
  • Login with WordPress


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