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Widget Mission Control

Another day, another late-night concept video. This time I’m back on widgets. The tabbed prototype I’ve been working on is really taking shape and feeling nice. But, its biggest strength is also its biggest weakness: You can only see one sidebar at a time.

I’ve been toying with the idea of an “all sidebars” view since I started working on the project, and today the inspiration for a possible UI struck me: Mission Control in OS X. Check out the video to see the concept in action:

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Viewing and Comparing Media Items

Spent a little time hooking up some ideas for ways to view and compare items from your WordPress media library. Check out the video. Would you find this useful?

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Resize media library thumbnails on the fly.

Far from perfect, this slider lets you change the size of the thumbnails in the media library. See a bunch of smaller images at once, or zoom in and see bigger images.

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Toying with Media Library Interactions

I’ve been playing with some interactions and styles for the Media Library, with the goal of making it easier to browse and manage your media in WordPress. Check out the video and tell me what you think.

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More Widgets User Testing

Last night, I create a user test for the recently updated widgets prototype. About 30 minutes later, I had this super awesome video of a real person using the prototype and talking about his thoughts and experience: (beware the loud cough at the beginning)

This one went very well. And it seems that the idea of dragging widgets into sidebars is engrained in existing users. I’ve even caught myself doing it a few times, and I built the prototype specifically to avoid that interaction. It makes sense, as dragging widgets into place has existed in WordPress for over 3 years.

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Widgets Prototype, Take 2

I’ve continued work on the Widgets prototype, this time taking some cue’s from Ben’s user test. His comments about the modal “being in the way” really struck a chord with me. This latest iteration removes the modal all together, in favor of a list of available widgets. Check out the video and let me know what you think.

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Ben Giordano on Widgets in WordPress

Yesterday afternoon, I had the opportunity to spend some time with my friend, and owner of FreshySites, Ben Giordano. We spent about an hour talking about WordPress, widgets, and more.

Most of our time was spent talking about widgets. Watch the video to get some great insight into the existing widgets interface, as well as Ben’s thoughts on some concepts and prototypes.

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Happy Mason

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SyracuseSync

I attended, and spoke, at SyracuseSync yesterday. It was a great event, and I had a blast speaking with, and hearing from lots of central New York web designers, developers, and bloggers.

You can download the slides from my talk (warning: 10.5 MB file) about WordPress and Automattic.

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Add a New Widget

I’ve continued to work on this prototype for widgets in WordPress. Its coming along nicely. I hope to run some user tests next week.