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Design WordPress

A Tabbed UI for WordPress Widgets

I’ve been working on some design concepts for a redesign of widgets in WordPress, hopefully for release in 3.8 towards the end of this year. The latest concept I’ve been thinking about is a vertically tabbed UI for listing sidebars and widgets.

 

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Design WordPress

Exploring Layouts for the WordPress Media Library

3.6 Media Menu with MP6WordPress 3.5 brought us the great media modal, which makes it super easy to upload and add images while writing a post. The modal features a grid-based layout, with large images that make browsing your library a breeze. Meanwhile, the main media page hasn’t changed much. It still lists your media library using a standard WordPress table view. Its not bad, and sometimes the table view is useful — but that grid-based layout from 3.5 would bring that easy, breezy browsing to the main media page.

I’ve worked up a few quick wireframes to run through the idea. I’m diggin’ it. There’s the standard table list view, a hybrid view, and a traditional grid view. Lots more ideas brewing in my head, but I wanted to get these “on paper.” What do you think?

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Design WordPress

Rethinking Content Editing in WordPress, from Mel Choyce

Some really interesting concepts from Mel Choyce. Mel’s designs are exactly what I had in mind when Matt brought up the idea of “post-formats as blocks” in his State of the Word talk.

There’s some great discussion happening over on the Make UI blog, too.

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Design Life

I built some "floating" shelves.

Our living room shelves.

I built three of these “floating” shelves based on some plans I found online. Only two of them made the cut, and made it on to the living room wall. They haven’t fallen down yet, so I’m calling in a success.

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Design

iTunes and Terrible Text Shadows

I just had a chance to download the newest iTunes (version 11). There’s a lot to like, but what the hell is up with the terrible text-shadow on the song info? The time is inset, while the song info is floating. I don’t get it.

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Design

My job.

As an interface designer, my job isn’t about making things pretty. Its about fitting an entire complicated system of moving parts, flows, buttons, clicks, users, etc – into my head. And then, make it easy. And then, make it pretty.

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Design

Planter shelves.

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A couple shelves like this would look great in the living room.

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Design

Trash bin.

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It looks pretty nice, but at $50+, I think I’ll pass.

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Design

The Stones.

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I wouldn’t mind a bottle of this in my office.

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Design

Paper

I can’t stop sketching out ideas in Paper for iOS. It’s really, really good. Here’s a quick flow sketch to help get some ideas moving. It’s so simple, but also fun. Easily the best drawing app I’ve ever used.