Twitter's website makes it really easy to see updates from the people who you're following — but that's about it. Digging into another person's profile still lands you in a mess of replies, without any clear way to get a sense of what they're up to. Designer Fred Nerby has some ideas for how to change that: he's mocked up a conceptual design for Twitter that would make profile pages into a hotspot of content to be explored, highlighting everything from a user's popular conversations to their latest videos and best tweets.
Conversations become much richer
Nerby's design applies an image-heavy, flat look to Twitter's website. Fonts are big and thin, but they stand out among a wash of white space. One of the major standbys of each profile would be a revamped conversation view. Beside a user's recent tweets, a separate box would highlight their popular or recent chats. From there, visitors could easily view the chats, and even favorite and retweet them. The idea isn't so far out from Twitter's existing conversation views, but it makes them a lot more accessible — turning them into permanent, almost curated fixtures on a profile, which could better show others what someone is interested in.
That idea of curated profile elements is extended throughout the rest of Nerby's design concept. He envisions musicians being able to embed a stream of their latest album, or a magazine being able to promote a poll that would have respondents automatically tweeting out their answer. Taking a hint from Facebook's timeline and Pinterest's boards, Nerby is also suggesting a visual way to scroll through years' worth of tweet history and a collage to showcase a user's top tweets and images.
Nerby's design may be more cluttered than Twitter is today — and possibly even less useable for it — but his changes raise some interesting suggestions for how the social network could enhance exploration. It's something that Twitter has been trying to do for some time now with its Discover feature, but it's far from being a robust way to explore the vast network just yet. The full extent of Nerby's redesign can be seen right here.