There is a reason you are not familiar with many -maybe not even one- of Airbnb’s competitors. The renting/booking marketplace “giant” has thrived in the global market for a decade and still hasn’t found anyone that can stand up to him.
Whenever I see one of those “Top ten designs of the year” or “Eight keys to good navigation design” I usually rip into them. It’s really not that I am a negative person. It is just that they always tend to be so overly simplistic. They underappreciate the importance of context or completely misunderstand human behavior.
In a study by Google in August of 2012, researchers found that not only will users judge websites as beautiful or not within 1/50th – 1/20th of a second, but also that “visually complex” websites are consistently rated as less beautiful than their simpler counterparts.