Basecamp alternative UI and 37Signals

26 May 2008 - 1:54pm
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Javier Cabrera

Hello good fellows!

Currently, I'm in the process of building with my small studio a Basecamp
alternative. I think most of you know 37signals Basecamp and their user
interface. For those who have seen the application grow up, you will notice
now it's cluttered in features and before, was much more simple to get
around it; although, it's still one of the best out there.

Now comes the question.

- What are the weak points you see on the user interface of Basecamp?

That's all. Currently, our web application (currently on development, soon
on Alpha, so stay tuned guys, I would love to get opinions from the people
inside this mailing list) has a similar LAYOUT (not design, layout), with a
right and left column, the left being bigger, the right column being used to
second hand info and complementary functions.

That's why I'm asking the weak points inside Basecamp UI and what do you
think about it from the user interaction point of view and how it can be

Just that!
Thanks for reading!

Javier Cabrera
Owner at EmaStudios

Av.Presidente Roque Saenz Peña 616 PB
Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires (C1035AAO)

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26 May 2008 - 6:51pm
Jeff Howard

Hi Javier,

I'm not a huge critic of Basecamp, but I always have trouble finding
where to start a new thread. It's a huge button, but it's never on
the pages I expect. I'm also at a loss when it comes to refreshing a
thread to see if there are new comments.

Kudos on the initiative, but I don't think building a "Basecamp
alternative" is the best way to approach this kind of problem. It
pre-frames the issue on their terms and constrains your thinking.
Instead, I'd focus on the core problem you want to solve. Are you
building a better "Project Management Tool" or a better
"Distributed Team Communication Tool" or something else which might
approach the problem from a different perspective? Who are you
designing for and what do they need?

Having said that... if you're set on building a Basecamp clone, then
you can probably infer quite a few weak points over on their forum
under Feature Requests or Troubleshooting:

// jeff

Javier Cabrera wrote:
> What are the weak points you see on the user interface
> of Basecamp?

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23 Aug 2010 - 7:32am

According to me another basecamp alternative is It is easy to use and fast also.

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