September is here, which means it’s time for the first demo of the UI that you can get your hands on and actually click around in, on your own.
3 things to consider before you use the prototype:
- Make sure you view it at 100% size, or it will be hard to read the text.
- At any time, hold down the SHIFT key to highlight anything that you can click on
- The screens are pre-populated with search results, etc. to demonstrate that the user who logs back in can continue their workflow from where they left off when they logged out. The amount of data on the screens when they launch can seem daunting for that reason. Just know that the actual experience will be a different one if all the data you see is stuff you remember finding yourself—just like when you open your laptop, lots of programs, documents, folders and browser tabs might be open, but it’s not confusing in the same way, because you opened all the programs yourself and you understand where it all came from
I developed this prototype to give you a good feeling of the basic structure of the framework and some basic apps and how it all plays together. The prototype is a living thing, so it will continue to evolve with time. It’s not super specific on all the pages and since it is only a prototype, some basic concepts might be helpful to have explained to you; I recommend checking out my initial presentation of the design work here, where I go over the navigation structure, importing and exporting files, saving search results and much more: https://www.openlibraryenvironment.org/archives/184
The prototype: https://pr.to/D7XIAW/
The UX principles for Folio and for Folio apps
Find the UX principles here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1018RtOkhuBXdPlxb03gwY5Je4LdeZeI8_cv6N8NlHQE/
For a walk-through of the UX/UI principles, have a look at https://www.openlibraryenvironment.org/archives/184. The UX and UI principles will get more and more tangible and practical as we figure out how the UI will be implemented technically (it all ties together)—so if you find the current principles very abstract, don’t be dismayed: As soon as we know more about the actual way to write good markup, good styling and good interactions for the Folio platform, we will be updating the UX/UI principles with actual code snippets, etc.
##Daily design bites
Starting this Monday, I will be posting a short update every weekday, focusing on an individual function or area of the interface. Explaining, asking questions, following up on feedback and questions to the video and the prototype, etc.
##A conversation kickstarter
I hope this will serve as a good conversation starter for us all to talk about what’s important for libraries day-to-day—now and in the future.
I look forward to developing the UX and UI further together with you all