As you may know, I’ve been doing a lot of researching and thinking about post Firefox 4 Home Tab during my internship here at Mozilla. I’ve taken the research I’ve conducted, my colleagues thinking, experience and ideas, along with my own experience and ideas and put together some wireframes. These sketches represent some very basic directions that we could take with the Home Tab.
It’s important to note that these concepts represent some very basic and rough ideas of what the home tab could look like in the future. These are in no way absolute directions, but rather provide some jumping off points for future work.
That being said, let’s frame these concepts a bit better.
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As you may know, I’m currently working as User Experience Intern at Mozilla. I’ve been tasked with designing the next generation Firefox Home Tab. I wanted to share what work I’ve done so far and give a general update on what I plan on doing in the near future. I will be routinely updating the progress and my work on this project as the summer goes forward. So check back often to keep updated on what I’m doing.
I think it’s important to know right off the what we (the UX team) are imagining for the new home tab. We do not imagine the new home tab to be a content aggregation service, but rather we hope to fully understand and push the boundaries of what we (as a browser) can do that websites might not be able to do well. I’ve come up with some approaches that I’ve been looking at to use while designing, which I’ve listed below.
Possible Design Tools
- Golden Questions
used to understand many different perspectives
- Secondary Research
what research has been done so far by academia and other industry players?
- User Research
understand what users of home pages via surveys, possible interviews
- Data Aggregation
bring together all data points, see trends, gather insights
generate multiple ideas on what we can do as a browser
- Design Lunch
group brainstorming to get multiple view points and crazy ideas
to get ideas out of our heads
- Concepting, Ideating
to fully explore a design space
to further explore a particular design
- User Studies
to understand gaps and problems with a design or concept
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For my Computer Supported Collaborative Work class, I’ve been studying photography groups and how they work together. I studied a local photography group, PhoSo, in order to better understand what problems photography groups might have. For this project I was able to study PhoSo on two separate occasions. During the first occasion, the group meet outside to learn about and teach some light painting and night photography skills. In total 11 people attended this session and the session lasted approximately 2 hours. During the second session, the group meet inside in a classroom on the IU campus. In total 9 people attended this session and it lasted approximately 1.5 hours. During these studies I observed people’s behavior, group interaction, collaboration, teaching, and learning from each other. For both studies I actively participated in the groups sessions. As being a photographer myself, I was able to both teach other members, learn from other members, and share my photographs and knowledge.
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In my CSCW class, we recently had to turn in a research project overview. For this project, which will last the entire semester, I want to focus on photography groups and how photographers collaborate within these groups. I feel this is an under-researched area. There has been plenty of research regarding how people share photographs in different situations, although mostly at home. However, not too many designers are looking at professional and amateur photographers and how they collaborate through these groups. I’m currently the Event Director of a photography group here at IU called The Photography Society. My proposal consisted of a time line to conduct ethnographic research, contextual inquiry, and interviews. From this point I would organize the data, begin ideating and sketching, and conduct some participatory design sessions. My hope is that I can end the semester with not only a design document stating my process and results, but actually design something that I might be able to build for local photography groups. Photography, along with design, is a great passion of mine. Feel free to download and read my overview document. Research Project Overview (PDF). I would absolutely love any critique of the design of this document. I don’t have much experience in print design, so help me out!