So, I promised to blog Rich’s UI mockups for the OpenSocial UI changes we’re planning, and even though posts about what we actually do here at the ‘Lab get way less traffic and comments than fun posts about which O/S would win in a fight, I’m keeping that promise.
Rich has made a lot of progress. For one, he’s scrapped the blue hues that currently grace Connect. We’ve actually had a few people wish aloud that we’d kept the old colorscheme. So, welcome back white, gray and red. Here’s an updated version of the OpenSocial app directory page:
Also, I teased new navigation. We’ve moved away from tabs to a left-hand nav that can be updated.
Rich cranked out a new-and-improved (we hope) home page today. The content will be editable, portal-style, allowing the user to add OpenSocial apps.
So, to let the user know that the apps can be moved around the page, mini/maximized and removed entirely, these options will appear when the user hovers over the app bar.
The question of the day is whether the bar itself should change color when the user pauses the mouse on it.
I think Rich agrees, but I figured why not ask all my pals in blogtown. After all, some of you may actually use this app bar at some point.
So, do you think the app bar, i.e. the bar at the top of the OpenSocial app, should change color when you hover over it to say “Hey buddy, I’m ready for you to do something to me” or are we correct in thinking that’s a bit too much?
Find the comments and help shape the future. The image pages over at Skitch have comments too.