Carousel UI Widget for Mobile

8 Jan 2007 - 6:06pm
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Dan Saffer
2003

http://mobile.yahoo.com/go

"Yahoo! Go’s sleek design and carousel interface gives you want you
want with fewer clicks."

"At its core is the carousel, used to navigate intuitively among the
various Yahoo! Go widgets: your own personal channels for email,
local info & maps, news, sports, finance, entertainment, weather,
Flickr™ photos and search. Simply use the carousel to scroll over to
the widget you want. Since Yahoo! Go uses advanced caching and
background loading technology, your widget content is automatically
and continuously “pushed” to your phone, so it’s always right there
when you want it. You don’t need to endure lengthy downloads or
navigate loads of links to get to what you want."

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8 Jan 2007 - 6:25pm
Brett Williams
2006

That is oh so Apple.

On Jan 8, 2007, at 6:06 PM, Dan Saffer wrote:

> http://mobile.yahoo.com/go
>
> "Yahoo! Go’s sleek design and carousel interface gives you want you
> want with fewer clicks."
>
> "At its core is the carousel, used to navigate intuitively among the
> various Yahoo! Go widgets: your own personal channels for email,
> local info & maps, news, sports, finance, entertainment, weather,
> Flickr™ photos and search. Simply use the carousel to scroll over to
> the widget you want. Since Yahoo! Go uses advanced caching and
> background loading technology, your widget content is automatically
> and continuously “pushed” to your phone, so it’s always right there
> when you want it. You don’t need to endure lengthy downloads or
> navigate loads of links to get to what you want."
>
>
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9 Jan 2007 - 9:08pm
Gabriel White
2005

Dan,

There's a fair bit of on carousels, and one of the problems you get
with them is that they start to lose effectiveness when parts of the
carousels become difficult to see (i.e. too many items to fit visibly
onto the screen - too many things become midgetised) or invisible
(elements of carousel moving off screen).

Carousels have been tried on mobile phones (Sony Ericsson, I think -
no longer used) and cameras (Sony, I think - still in use), and the
two complimentary difficulties are incomplete display (not
everything's shown at once) and spatial bounding (it's hard to tell
when you're at the beginning and end of the cycle, especially on a
small screen).

Continuously scrolling vertical lists can, of course, suffer the same
problems if designed badly (and carousels can be designed to better
deal with these issues), but my gut feel is that using this kind of
spatial metaphor on a small device without an analogous input control
(e.g. iPod-like wheel) is likely to create more problems than it
solves.

Gabe

On 1/8/07, Dan Saffer <dan at odannyboy.com> wrote:
> http://mobile.yahoo.com/go
>
> "Yahoo! Go's sleek design and carousel interface gives you want you
> want with fewer clicks."
>
> "At its core is the carousel, used to navigate intuitively among the
> various Yahoo! Go widgets: your own personal channels for email,
> local info & maps, news, sports, finance, entertainment, weather,
> Flickr™ photos and search. Simply use the carousel to scroll over to
> the widget you want. Since Yahoo! Go uses advanced caching and
> background loading technology, your widget content is automatically
> and continuously "pushed" to your phone, so it's always right there
> when you want it. You don't need to endure lengthy downloads or
> navigate loads of links to get to what you want."
>
>
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
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