8 Sep 2004
Thanks for these design hints. Right now, I'm fairly certain frassle won't appeal to the average AOL/Compuserve/Walmart user. As an alpha-stage application, its expected audience is the blog-loving early adopter. This person is likely to have a nice computer and a fast internet connection. That doesn't mean we should ignore the needs of such users, but at this point in frassle's development I think it is more important to make the basics of the interface usable. It's crucial we get the user experience right, because the powerful features of this system won't do anyone (but me) any good if there's no way to figure out how to use them. This is a challenge though, because frassle is premised on some ideas for which there isn't much user interface history.
So, if anyone has any interface ideas, I would love to see mockups, page flow diagrams, prototypes, etc. My personal preference is to start with pencil sketches in a notebook of a sequence of pages, then move onto the screen.