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I'm starting a new project to rewrite a large web application. It has calandering, contacts, and various domain-specific operations. I've lots of experience building web applications but I'm looking for cool and innovative interface ideas.
If anyone knows of any good web applications that I should look at (for example, Gmail) I'd love to hear about it.
Well, i'd say that rather than innovative use of the technologies, i'd start by concentrating on the usability and then working out how I can provide the kind of intereaction I want too with the tech available. So i'd start by looking at people like 37signals, and especially the basecamp proj. management tool they produced - look into some of their redesigns as well, especially the 37better project.
Take a look at silverorange as well, they won the award for best intranet twice from nn/partnership, and it does have some nice little deisgn/UI features.
It's loads of fun to start thinking of clever things to do with the tech available, but work out what you need to do first. If you don't do that, all the XMLrpc in the world won't make the users any less pissed off...
If you can still find access to it, try Oddpost web e-mail. Last I heard, new users couldn't sign up.
A GIS program called ArcIMS by a company called ESRI uses a clever way to communicate between the browser client and the server. Part of the page layout includes a very small frame which is used not for display purposes, but to create and parse XML which goes to the server and back with instructions. Worth having a look.
One of the best examples I know of is unfortunately inacessible as it is on an internal government intranet.
You can do interesting stuff with HTTP push technology.
I've read maybe seven books on the subject of usability and never seen any "interesting widgets" recommented as a way to improve it. Quite the opposite recommendations all the way.
The explanation is that after widgets become widespread enought so users are no longer confused by them, they're no longer considered "interesting".
Monday, November 22, 2004
"I'm looking for cool and innovative interface ideas"
Are the users of the system asking for a cool and innovative interface? I doubt it. Make it do what the users need; make it fast, stable, and easy to learn. That's a lot cooler than mystery meat:
Monday, November 22, 2004
"Are the users of the system asking for a cool and innovative interface? I doubt it."
I'm just asking a simple question here! Has anyone seen any innovative web interfaces. Maybe I should have been more clear: I want to see clean and usable web interfaces.
"The explanation is that after widgets become widespread enought so users are no longer confused by them, they're no longer considered "interesting"."
Does anyone know of any sites with good boring? Maybe a good combobox? How about a date picker? Perhaps a nice formatted input control? Maybe some good ideas on how to handle menus and navigation?
Honestly, You're all too cynical!
Validates Strict XHTML, No Flash, No Kidding.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
there's only ever been one HTML interface that was
a) truly innovative
b) truly good
The original Google.
Everything else copied it or sucked.
Thursday, November 25, 2004
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