Playing with interfaces

molecule of primitivesI am truly impressed by the beauty of Keynote in how it renders shapes and shadow. I have come up with some primitive icons, and a molecule to hold them in a scene.

Rounded square = movie

Triangle = sound

Square = text

Rectangle = picture (not shown)

Circle = remix

movie primitive
I have also been playing with the iTunes cover flow feature as an interface and I love it. I imagine a simple user experience where just by clicking on a pane, it focuses it to center, evokes whatever actions are available, and dynamically loads whatever media the user wishes to check out.

For example, in the screenshot below, I have a ‘scene’ molecule on the left, and the primitive picker on the right. The user just clicks on the pane of choice, double clicks on any element, and done. This is the same behavior for previewing the movie, audio file, or text. iTunes already lets you store movies, texts (pdf), songs, podcasts and photos. I think there is something about the coverflow metaphor that really works. I have made a short movie to demonstrate it below.

cover flow interface

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~ by Michael Ashley on November 11, 2006.

2 Responses to “Playing with interfaces”

  1. This is going to be SO COOL! I love the primitives! They look just as we imagined.
    Is that Utube you’ve got playing directly in wordpress?

  2. Hey Michael,

    This looks great and as Ruth says, just like what we were getting at back in May. Only wish I could be there to work on this with you!

    Cheers Steve

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