Craigslist is one of the most useful — yet visually repulsive — sites on the Internet. When you visit Craigslist it’s like traveling back in time to 1998. Apparently Craig and company subscribe to the, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” mindset. And despite it’s hideous appearance, people still flock to the site. It’s the goto classified ads site in the US. It’s useful. But thanks to a Chrome extension called reShape you no longer have to browse a ghastly, revolting and unsightly Craigslist. Queue the applause.
reShape takes the white and blue mishmash you’ve come to know as Craigslist and re-imagines it as the more colorful, more usable Craigslist we’ve all been thinking should be right around the corner for nearly 2 decades. With reShape, Craigslist becomes a picture-driven interface, rather than a link-tastic wasteland. Rather than looking like a site that came from the beginning of the Internet, Craigslist via reShape looks modern, inviting and downright appealing. The fact that this extension exists only proves that Craigslist has been, to an extent, broken. It’s got what people need but doesn’t present it in a way that people want.
Craigslist should pay the developer of reShape a million dollars and make reShape the new Craigslist norm (just my opinion). Seriously. A simple Google search for “Craigslist is ugly” yields 615,000 results. At number one is a list of 4 ugly sites that make millions of dollars which points out that Craigslist has remained “nearly unchanged since 1995.” On sites like Designer News and Quora there are threads packed full of theories as to why Craigslist has chosen to remain ugly. Fortunately, you no longer have to worry about it.
If you’re a Craigslist user, we highly recommend grabbing the reShape Chrome extension. It’s a brilliant plugin that’s long overdo and we applaud the developer for not just dreaming but doing (the wider world thanks you).