As I posted on my dA Journal, I am planning on making an actual functioning application, a newsreader (see [link] ), and this is a little bit of experimentation on how to lay this thing out.
I was a long time user of Live Bookmarks on Firefox, where you'd plug in an RSS feed address, and you'd get this list of headlines to look over, and then click if you wanted to actually read the message. That doesn't exist in Chrome, and I missed that, and it does exist in IE 9 of all things, but I don't like the way that browser presents it's favorites bar, so I decided to build an application of this type.
So, at this point, this is purely conceptual. I'm thinking it should be a fixed size, and possibly present the story description included in the feed, maybe limiting it to two lines of visible text, but I'm not sure about that.
Also, I experimented with styles here, the right an evolution of the left, but still, would a cleaner UI work better on a PC, or should I cling to a little bit of a newspaper related feel?
Any input on this would be much appreciated. To an extent, this is an application for myself, but I'd also love to built this for people out there in general.
I think that instead of a regular box for 'maximize', you should have a mini-reader button, as seen in Metro-designed Microsoft Zune and Telerik F!acedeck here: [link] .
I agree with everything VARKODE below me has said. Multiple feed handling is necessary. On my iPod's Pulse [link] I have about 25 feeds. In addition to scrolling between them, there should also be a search function or some form of keyboard input (I know this isn't part of visual interface but bear with me) that can help jump to feeds.
As for newspaper feel vs computer, I think an interesting example are the Chrome apps developed by NYT [link] and HuffPo [link] The former tries to maintain the newspaper format, but the latter (never having been a traditional print product) goes to something more modern. Interestingly, I find reading longer articles easier at NYT.
I think Metro is, above all, clean. It removes the noise and introduces space, and you have to try maintain that emptiness while incorporating images and limited text. Good luck!
I think you should allow for images, some of the rss feeds I follow don't even have text, they're just images.
You need a way to view all feeds, I currently have over 30, and scrolling at the top would take forever.
For the timestamp you have; February 11, 2011, 22 minutes ago, why not just have 22 minutes ago? repetitive information.
I would limit the amount of text that shows up in the front page so every entry has the same height. If text is greater then entry, create a "Read More" button. (No reason a longer article should take more space than another article)</i>
Just my thoughts, take it with a grain of salt. Great idea thought, I love rss readers.
I am a huge fan of your works an love the idea of this project of yours! It seems like zune fonts would go quite well with it, but that's probably out of the realm of possibility P.S.: The one on the right looks frakkin amazing.
The problem I see with this is how can I access the last website feed if I was at the first and had probably 10 feeds. I would have to click on another feed so that it moves to the left and click on another for it to move again. Repeat until reached desired feed.
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