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Initial instructions and plan for our fall 2009 Mozilla Design Challenge, the topic of which is "browsing history." These slides are for the first event, to be held 9/17/09.

Initial instructions and plan for our fall 2009 Mozilla Design Challenge, the topic of which is "browsing history." These slides are for the first event, to be held 9/17/09.

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Mozilla Browsing History Design Challenge Mozilla Browsing History Design Challenge Presentation Transcript

  • Mozilla Design Challenge ‘ 9 Rethinking browsing history
  • Tonight’s plan ★ Introductions ★ Brainstorming ★ Sharing ideas ★ Forming teams
  • SOCHI officers • Katie McCurdy • Jeremy Canfield • Debra Lauterbach • Laura Rodrian
  • Events • Join our email list & facebook group (SOCHI), and follow us on twitter (@umSOCHI) • Upcoming - Meet & greet with MiUPA and MOCHI • Happy hour with Yahoo! on Sunday • Lunchtime talk with Community Manager f/Yelp • SOCHI show and tell - a working time every Thursday night at Design Lab 1.
  • Who are you? • Name • Year • Specialization • What you did over the summer (briefly)
  • SOCHI + Mozilla = friends
  • • 4 sponsored design jams last year • Plus spring mentoring challenge and summer design jam • Mozilla wants to contribute - spread excitement about open source and provide students with great opportunities/exposure • SI students and alums are involved with ongoing ‘open source design’ at Mozilla
  • Past Mozilla Challenges: • Flash prototype for Arcilight • Narrated video for TabViz http://design-challenge.mozilla.com/summer09/ • Mockup and HTML/CSS/jquery prototype for ‘page element viewer‘ http://katiemccurdy.com/designs/prototype/index.htm http://katiemccurdy.com/designs/katie_mccurdy_mozilla.png • Stop animation for Accordion tabs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_Qw8YfHMks • More info on the SOCHI site!
  • Take advantage! • TabViz won 'Best in Class: Innovation" and this earned them a lot of attention & writeups on various tech websites • I got an internship as a direct result of being able to show the design work I did in a Mozilla Design Challenge. • There are lots of opportunities for collaboration and Mozilla is really excited to work with students.
  • Browsing History How can we make sense of this rich source of data and how do we best present this data to the user? • Save your browsing history and make it easily accessible • Let the system give good advice in a user- friendly way
  • Think outside typical browsing history... How can we use past browsing behaviors to augment current and future behaviors?
  • Research • Most people don’t use browser history - it’s either too complicated or they don’t know it exists. They use search engines or reconstruct the path to the webpage. • People often keep the browser open for days at a time • Colors/images are easier to remember than URLs/textual descriptions • Frequency of visitation - we visit different sites in different patterns • “Fast” - short-term, high-volume pattern, like shopping • “Medium” - regular hourly checking like email/news sites • “Slow” - rare but regular visits like to personal interest sites • Idea: segment the history so that it treats these pages differently according to the user's patterns • More ideas: predict if a page is due to be revisited soon, make it available to the user. Change color of URLs depending on if it is predicted to be of interest to the user.
  • Resources Concept series blog post about the Uni challenge:  http://labs.mozilla.com/conceptseries/2009/08/31/ design-challenges-fall-09/   Design challenge home, with links to some past research: http://design-challenge.mozilla.com/uni-fall09/ Integrating back, history and bookmarks in web browsers: http://www.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/ grouplab/papers/2001/01-IntegratedHistory.CHI/00-IntegratedHistory-CHI.pdf Scott Berkun blog post, How to Build a Better Web Browser (2004) http:// www.scottberkun.com/essays/37-how-to-build-a-better-web-browser/ Tabviz post on user interviews/behaviors:  http://tabviz.org/?p=153 Finding pages from browser history article http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22417/?a=f Eytan Adar paper on browsing history http://portal.acm.org.proxy.lib.umich.edu/citation.cfm? id=1357054.1357241 Firefox add-ons relating to history:  https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search? q=history&cat=all More resources/research in the Mozilla wiki! https://wiki.mozilla.org/Labs/Design-Challenge/Uni- Fall09
  • Today’s Plan • 10 minutes: do 10 sketches in 10 minutes, individually • 25 minutes: form groups of 2 or 3 with at least 1 person you don’t know, share your ideas and choose a few to develop on the whiteboard • 40 minutes: share your whiteboard sketches with the group, give and receive feedback • Rest of the time - mingle, talk to people whose ideas were interesting to you!
  • The rest of the challenge • Interested in someone’s idea? Think about collaborating! • October 8th - first checkpoint, bring your progress to SOCHI show and tell (sketches, mockups, whatever!) and get feedback • November 1 - end of challenge, submit work (a video to show your idea is ideal)