More Widget User Testing

I ran another in-person user test last week, this time going over the tabbed widget prototype and the new widget customizer prototype. Check out the video below: [wpvideo 4LuoMtZa]

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… Continue reading Widget Mission Control

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… Continue reading Widgets Prototype, Take 2

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… Continue reading Ben Giordano on Widgets in WordPress

Add a New Widget

[wpvideo UnHywVHU] 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.

Another Idea for Widgets

Part of the goal of redesigning widgets in WordPress is to make the connection between widget areas, and their presentation on the front-end of your site, more obvious. It’s clear that there’s a big disconnect between the narrow column of sidebars (or widget areas) in wp-admin, and their location within your site’s theme. Here’s an… Continue reading Another Idea for Widgets

Prototype W

I spent some time today working on a plugin that redesigns the widgets in WordPress. It’s a prototype. I love to build quick prototypes, not design something on a static Photoshop canvas. This way, I get to play with the “thing” I’m building and tweak it in realtime. This method of “don’t just draw, build… Continue reading Prototype W