Why Airbnb’s UI is frustrating for picking your favourite
I need to compare airbnb’s better, but airbnb has missed this step. I am making something to fix it until airbnb do.
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I love airbnb. It is a beautiful idea that is making access to accommodation so much better, directly and indirectly.
Moreover, it is a beautiful experience. Easy search, easy filtering, great visual workflow of decisions and super easy representations of changing decisions:
When searching for things, we tend to work in a double diamond model:
WTF am I looking at?
I know what a crap diagram. Let me try:
When we look for options, we look at a lot of things. We pick a selection of possibles. We relook at the possibles, now with context of what is possible. Then we reduce them down to make a pick.
TL;DR: Look, throw the crap, learn the rest, pick the best.
- The look — it is really easy to see options
- Throw the crap — quickly see what you like
- Learn the rest — seeing the details on the page
It fails on picking the best.
How do you pick the best?
Well… airbnb doesn’t really know.
You can jump through the tabs, I guess…
You could save the places your interested in to a wishlist? I like this! But it is in the wrong place. It should be naturally appearing in my search — not a side feature. Plus it also doesn’t allow me to add details. There is info I will find that is helpful. I want to add notes, thoughts, ratings and more!
Come on airbnb! I love you but please do better!
Putting it in a table — a ‘that’ll do’ approach for now…
I am building compairbnb to help do this.
It’ll be a simple chrome extension. It will give you data. It will let you add data.
This is all to fix the last part of the double triangle.
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I'm Alex. I live nomadically with my partner and we have been using Airbnb a lot to find places to live. Regularly, we…
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