Thursday, June 9, 2011

Webian UI concept alternative 1

Lets start designing an UI.

This time is a design concept for If you haven't heard about Webian, its a shell on top of existing OS (Windows, MacOSX or Linux) where user can consume web content with minimal distraction.

So, in my concept, i try to imagine webian as an web based OS (similar to ChromeOS, Jolicloud or WebOS). Because its an independent OS, it has to provide all traditional OS do like file manager, control panel, app launcher and so on.

But, everything would be web based and behave more or less like a web browser. And, everything must be simple, clean as Ben, the founder of Webian said.

Here is my mockup

The basic concept is, i try to relocated frequent task into on place, and in this case at the bottom of the screen. I called it activity cluster.

It has a start menu, a task bar, a mozilla addon/extension bar and traditional clock.
Whats different is, when user click an add new tab (that button with "+" mark), it open a address bar where user can put web URL or search anything. So, the task bar will contain browser windows instead of app in traditional MS Windows taskbar.

At the top of each browser windows (that displayed in full screen) there is a tabbed browser window name and close button similat with current modern browser UI.

And thats it..i'll post my other UI concept for Webian next time.

Ohh, if you want to join Webian development, please visit their website here

user interface design, a new frontier

Haven't write anything for a very long time :)

So, i have a new toy for exploration. After playing with motorcycle design ( and still do), trying to design a special bag for netbook (since the first eee pc came out in 2007) which is quite success (hey, designboom let me present it at Sydney Design Week 2008) in 2011 i have a new adventure.

Its user interface design..

This field is actually one of my passion since i have my first pc (my family had our first PC when i was 19 years old) . Back then, i try to imagine alternative MS Windows 95 windows botton :)
I event tried so many alternative operating system (OS/2 Warp 4, QNX, Redhat 5.0, Mandrake etc) and installed so many Linux Windows manager (Blackbox, Afterstep, Enlightenment and so on)...why, just to have an experience and get the logic behind the UI.

When mobile phone become mainstream, i switch to mobile devices. I also try many OSes just to get the feel and logic of the UI. Backthen i had try all Symbian based UI (S60, S90 and UIQ), PalmOS, Windows Pocket PC and this year..Android.

But i just started to explore the design recently, by sketching some android app.
So, with it, i 'll begin to write this blog again as i design more ui concept.
Stay tune...
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