Designing for a TV screen

8 Jun 2010 - 11:02am
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Craig Melbourne
2009

I'm doing some design research for a client who offer a Video On Demand service in the UK. Currently, the service is predominantley available in a desktop browser environment. Sensible, they are now starting to get the service on to televisions via the slew of devices able to do this (games console, internet ready TVs etc...).

I've been asked to provide a 'best practice' design guidelines document based on existing IxD models to give them a strong base to start their design work. With particular interst in:

  • Navigation models
  • Screen layout and positioning
  • Font's colours
  • Transitions and ineractions

 

I hve limited experience n this space so I'm looing to back up the doc with strong references. If anyone has any good links to articles or books worth reading on the subject that would be very much appreciated. Or even better, if you have worked in this field, or know someone who does, and would be willing to have a chat that would be even better.

Thanks in advance

Craig

 

 

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9 Jun 2010 - 4:07am
ingjerd
2010

Hi,
I do not have a lot of experience in designing for TV either, but I love the way Apple TV and Front Row works. Very sleek and simple.
Also, one of the biggest challenges is not the screen interaction - but the remote control / set-top box - especially if this is a service you should be able to access via any device... Will this be accessed via browser by the way?
Ingjerd 

On Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 8:02 PM, Craig Melbourne <craig.melbourne@gmail.com> wrote:

I'm doing some design research for a client who offer a Video On Demand service in the UK. Currently, the service is predominantley available in a desktop browser environment. Sensible, they are now starting to get the service on to televisions via the slew of devices able to do this (games console, internet ready TVs etc...).

I've been asked to provide a 'best practice' design guidelines document based on existing IxD models to give them a strong base to start their design work. With particular interst in:

* Navigation models
* Screen layout and positioning
* Font's colours
* Transitions and ineractions

 

I hve limited experience n this space so I'm looing to back up the doc with strong references. If anyone has any good links to articles or books worth reading on the subject that would be very much appreciated. Or even better, if you have worked in this field, or know someone who does, and would be willing to have a chat that would be even better.

Thanks in advance

Craig

 

 

(((P
9 Jun 2010 - 4:05pm
mcaskey
2008

Speaking of examples...

I also like Apple TV and Front Row.

Another nice one is Windows Media Center (esp. on Windows 7). Maybe I'm just used to it, but it is by far my favorite media consumption product for the TV.

One that I have a few gripes about is HULU Desktop. It's a great looking app with a lot of promise, but at the moment, about 50% of the interactions don't behave as I would expect. Really surprising, since hulu.com is so easy for me to use.

-Mike Caskey

On 6/9/10 2:09 PM, ingjerd wrote: > Hi, > > I do not have a lot of experience in designing for TV either, but I > love the way Apple TV and Front Row works. Very sleek and simple. > Also, one of the biggest challenges is not the screen interaction - > but the remote control / set-top box - especially if this is a service > you should be able to access via any device... Will this be accessed > via browser by the way? Ingjerd > On Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 8:02 PM, Craig Melbourne > wrote: >> I'm doing some design research for a client who offer a Video On >> Demand service in the UK. Currently, the service is predominantley >> available in a desktop browser environment. Sensible, they are now >> starting to get the service on to televisions via the slew of devices >> able to do this (games console, internet ready TVs etc...). >> >> I've been asked to provide a 'best practice' design guidelines >> document based on existing IxD models to give them a strong base to >> start their design work. With particular interst in: >> >> * Navigation models >> * Screen layout and positioning >> * Font's colours >> * Transitions and ineractions >> >> >> >> I hve limited experience n this space so I'm looing to back up the >> doc with strong references. If anyone has any good links to articles >> or books worth reading on the subject that would be very much >> appreciated. Or even better, if you have worked in this field, or >> know someone who does, and would be willing to have a chat that would >> be even better. >> >> Thanks in advance >> >> Craig >> >> >> >> >> >> (((P >> >

10 Jun 2010 - 3:06am
neha
2009

Hi Craig

We have done couple of interface designs for Television screens in India. These have been both kind of interface - 'Static interface' which only gives information to users as well as 'Interactive interface' where user can perform actions. Users have been of both kind - Rural India users who have very limited access to internet as well as Urban India users who are very tech savvy.

When designing for Television, you have to crack the right navigation considering that you have only limited buttons on the remote that can help you navigate. Let me know the kind of project you are doing and I may be able to help you. Feel free to mail me at neham@techved.com.

Thanks ~ Neha

-----Original Message----- From: ixdaor@host.ixda.org [mailto:ixdaor@host.ixda.org] On Behalf Of ingjerd Sent: Thursday, June 10, 2010 04:34 AM To: neham@techved.com Subject: Re: [IxDA] Designing for a TV screen

Hi,

I do not have a lot of experience in designing for TV either, but I love the
way Apple TV and Front Row works. Very sleek and simple. Also, one of the
biggest challenges is not the screen interaction - but the remote control /
set-top box - especially if this is a service you should be able to access
via any device... Will this be accessed via browser by the way? Ingjerd
On Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 8:02 PM, Craig Melbourne wrote: >I'm doing some design research for a client who offer a Video On Demand
>service in the UK. Currently, the service is predominantley available in a
>desktop browser environment. Sensible, they are now starting to get the
>service on to televisions via the slew of devices able to do this (games
>console, internet ready TVs etc...). > >I've been asked to provide a 'best practice' design guidelines document
>based on existing IxD models to give them a strong base to start their
>design work. With particular interst in: > >* Navigation models >* Screen layout and positioning >* Font's colours >* Transitions and ineractions > > > >I hve limited experience n this space so I'm looing to back up the doc with
>strong references. If anyone has any good links to articles or books worth
>reading on the subject that would be very much appreciated. Or even better,
>if you have worked in this field, or know someone who does, and would be
>willing to have a chat that would be even better. > >Thanks in advance > >Craig > > > > > >(((P >

10 Jun 2010 - 10:05am
Hugh Griffith
2007

I haven't seen anyone mention any gaming consoles. (Xbox, Playstation and Wii.) These were all designed for TVs, and have pretty solid interfaces. Different input devices, but they could still work with standard remotes.

On Thursday, June 10, 2010, neha wrote: > Hi Craig > > We have done couple of interface designs for Television screens in India. These have been both kind of interface - 'Static interface' which only gives information to users as well as 'Interactive interface' where user can perform actions. Users have been of both kind - Rural India users who have very limited access to internet as well as Urban India users who are very tech savvy. > > When designing for Television, you have to crack the right navigation considering that you have only limited buttons on the remote that can help you navigate. > Let me know the kind of project you are doing and I may be able to help you. Feel free to mail me at neham@techved.com. > > Thanks > ~ Neha > > -----Original Message----- > From: ixdaor@host.ixda.org [mailto:ixdaor@host.ixda.org] On Behalf Of ingjerd > Sent: Thursday, June 10, 2010 04:34 AM > To: neham@techved.com > Subject: Re: [IxDA] Designing for a TV screen > > Hi, > > I do not have a lot of experience in designing for TV either, but I love the > way Apple TV and Front Row works. Very sleek and simple. Also, one of the > biggest challenges is not the screen interaction - but the remote control / > set-top box - especially if this is a service you should be able to access > via any device... Will this be accessed via browser by the way? Ingjerd > On Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 8:02 PM, Craig Melbourne wrote: >>I'm doing some design research for a client who offer a Video On Demand >>service in the UK. Currently, the service is predominantley available in a >>desktop browser environment. Sensible, they are now starting to get the >>service on to televisions via the slew of devices able to do this (games >>console, internet ready TVs etc...). >> >>I've been asked to provide a 'best practice' design guidelines document >>based on existing IxD models to give them a strong base to start their >>design work. With particular interst in: >> >>* Navigation models >>* Screen layout and positioning >>* Font's colours >>* Transitions and ineractions >> >> >> >>I hve limited experience n this space so I'm looing to back up the doc with >>strong references. If anyone has any good links to articles or books worth >>reading on the subject that would be very much appreciated. Or even better, >>if you have worked in this field, or know someone who does, and would be >>willing to have a chat that would be even better. >> >>Thanks in advance >> >>Craig >> >> >> >> >> >>(((P >> > >

10 Jun 2010 - 2:05pm
Hugh Griffith
2007

I haven't seen anyone mention any gaming consoles. (Xbox, Playstation and Wii.) These were all designed for TVs, and have pretty solid interfaces. Different input devices, but they could still work with standard remotes.

On Thursday, June 10, 2010, neha wrote: > Hi Craig > > We have done couple of interface designs for Television screens in India. These have been both kind of interface - 'Static interface' which only gives information to users as well as 'Interactive interface' where user can perform actions. Users have been of both kind - Rural India users who have very limited access to internet as well as Urban India users who are very tech savvy. > > When designing for Television, you have to crack the right navigation considering that you have only limited buttons on the remote that can help you navigate. > Let me know the kind of project you are doing and I may be able to help you. Feel free to mail me at neham@techved.com. > > Thanks > ~ Neha > > -----Original Message----- > From: ixdaor@host.ixda.org [mailto:ixdaor@host.ixda.org] On Behalf Of ingjerd > Sent: Thursday, June 10, 2010 04:34 AM > To: neham@techved.com > Subject: Re: [IxDA] Designing for a TV screen > > Hi, > > I do not have a lot of experience in designing for TV either, but I love the > way Apple TV and Front Row works. Very sleek and simple. Also, one of the > biggest challenges is not the screen interaction - but the remote control / > set-top box - especially if this is a service you should be able to access > via any device... Will this be accessed via browser by the way? Ingjerd > On Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 8:02 PM, Craig Melbourne wrote: >>I'm doing some design research for a client who offer a Video On Demand >>service in the UK. Currently, the service is predominantley available in a >>desktop browser environment. Sensible, they are now starting to get the >>service on to televisions via the slew of devices able to do this (games >>console, internet ready TVs etc...). >> >>I've been asked to provide a 'best practice' design guidelines document >>based on existing IxD models to give them a strong base to start their >>design work. With particular interst in: >> >>* Navigation models >>* Screen layout and positioning >>* Font's colours >>* Transitions and ineractions >> >> >> >>I hve limited experience n this space so I'm looing to back up the doc with >>strong references. If anyone has any good links to articles or books worth >>reading on the subject that would be very much appreciated. Or even better, >>if you have worked in this field, or know someone who does, and would be >>willing to have a chat that would be even better. >> >>Thanks in advance >> >>Craig >> >> >> >> >> >>(((P >> > >

9 Jun 2010 - 3:39pm
Maurice
2009

I've done some PVR designs in the past.
My suggestion is to still with "Divine Proportions" (basically for everything design).

Here you go:
http://teehanlax.com/work/pvr-report/

I hope this helps.

Maurice

10 Jun 2010 - 1:35am
baruag
2007

Yes, the PVR report definitely is a nice starting point.

However, I think one of the best designed TV experiences is Boxee! I find it strange that no one mentioned it. What I like about it is the navigation and how it works in a great way with 4-way keys, while at the same time is designed well enough for mouse based and touchscreen interaction! You should download this on your desktop/TV and try it out.

For some more examples you should take a look at the Method website (www.method.com) for some of their concepts (navigate till the end of their slideshows to see videos of the concepts):

Boxee : http://method.com/#/productui/index/detail/CaseStudy/43
Time Warner - http://method.com/#/productui/index/detail/CaseStudy/35
Microsoft Online Media - http://method.com/#/productui/index/detail/CaseStudy/30

The Boxee concept video on the Method site is different from the actual install, so I'd suggest you install the current version as its better.

Hope this helps!

10 Jun 2010 - 7:08am
alfajaz
2010

Craig

I used to work for Pansonic R&D (in UK and Japan) in the field of set-top boxes and protoyping TV interfaces. My experience is a little out-dated but I would be willing to chat over the issues.

I'm not sure who your client is but it's probably worth looking at what companies like Pace (pace.co.uk) are doing as their experience is in STB design as well as internet TV.

I'll have a chat with friends (who have also worked or are working in this area) to determine what the current trends are.

cheers

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