Archive for the ‘web’ Category
I’d gotten access to Geckoboard halfway through January, I was happy to play with it for Snypher and see what the results were. Naturally I am getting all this data somewhere else, and to get this in a sleek interface makes a difference. I did immediately have the feeling that it would be even better with an LCARS Star Trek like interface.
For the future I would be happy to see a statistics module for social media, perhaps with a DataSift hookup.
I like to give suggestions to companies – add value – and did this for Recorded Future‘s informational mails – called futures – created by what they call the Temporal Analytics Engine. I was able to make a quick prototype thanks to the image editor in Google Docs, and make a quick list of bullet items using Google NoteBook, which I fear Google with end-of-life sometime in 2011.
RF was naturally grateful that I, even as a free customer, was willing to spend my valuable time to give them suggestions. Naturally I don’t expect them to follow my vision, whether they use my ideas or not I added value for myself.
Speaking of adding value, I have my Alpha code for DataSift so I will be coming with my evaluation of their product next week.
I’ve been noticing a trend in the frontpage of website design, which I have briefly modeled below. I have an idea that this might have been inspired by Google’s “more is less” for their landing page, although they tend to go for less simplicity with the exception of search.
Firstly it’s the two or three tone webpage, a colored band of content in the centre of the page separating the top link bar and the bottom rest space. In the top row the navigation is placed slightly left aligned, with or without a small logo preceding it on the absolute left. Usually the sign-in and -up possibilities are aligned at the right of the page.
The centre band usually contains a large logo left aligned or a large non-descriptive image, left there is possible a login box, although usually there is a sign-up or pricing box advertising the paid for version. Underneath there are three boxed the left box containing video or or an interactive feature, the centre mentioning a special feature – or niche feature – of the product offered, and the right hand box containing “Something Special”, which can be anything like mobile applications, Google Apps or platforms supported.
The top of the lower band usually also contains 3 boxes, the left containing video examples – if not used before. The centre contains the other common features of the product. And the right is often a media exposure box, although it can also contain a social media box, such as a Twitter or FaceBook stream. The next row in the lower band usually contains a broad box containing blog or news items, although customer or media feedback is also very common here, and the right box contains that what wasn’t included in the upper box. Finally the last row, if it’s there, contains any 2 or 3 box combination with any of the items not mentioned above, although it often contains a social media box on the right when it hasn’t been mentioned above.
The lowest part of the site, mostly contains a sitemap, with direct links to most of the important pages on the site.
So now you know how it’s made.