Designing Moblin For MIDs (with notes)


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  1. 1. SF 2009 Designing Moblin for MIDs Nick Richards Senior Interaction Designer, Intel MIDS002
  2. 2. Today we’re going to talk about Moblin
  3. 3. O HAI i’m nick richards Hi, I’m Nick Richards. I’m an Interaction Designer working for Intel in the Opensource Technology Centre. Prior to that I’ve worked for a number of companies designing all sorts of things on Mobile, Desktop and Web.
  4. 4. This is my cat Moblin Moblin is all about sharing, sociability and friendliness so I thought I’d tell you a little bit about me so you can see a little bit more about the context I’m coming from. This is my cat Linus. Yes, this does mean that I’m a huge geek.
  5. 5. What are we going to do today Understand the design process Understand the power of Moblin See how you can take advantage
  6. 6. Are you a designer? How many people here would describe themselves as a designer? Put your hands up and keep them there? Who does a bit of design as part of the other things they do? Awesome. You can put your hands down now.
  7. 7. Do you know what Moblin is? Moblin is a new, Linux based operating system for netbooks, nettops, IVI and now MIDs. If you don’t, the good news is - is that I’m going to tell you.
  8. 8. Do you know what a netbook is?
  9. 9. This is a netbook You may have heard of them, they’re taking the world by storm. Check out Renee James’ keynote tomorrow for more exciting news.
  10. 10. How about a MID?
  11. 11. This is a MID MIDs already exist, lots of people - not just intel are making them.
  12. 12. Or a phone? How many people here would describe themselves as a designer? Put your hands up and keep them there? Who does a bit of design as part of the other things they do? Awesome. You can put your hands down now.
  13. 13. This is a phone A MID is like those bits of a phone that people actually like using these days. MID means ‘mobile internet device’ so it’s a device where the internet is the most important thing. This is very moblin. Sure, some MIDs may be able to make phonecalls, and some not - but the internet’s the thing.
  14. 14. This is Moblin, for MIDs Moblin video available at THIS SHOULD BE REPLACED BY THE MID VIDEO IF IT’S READY IN TIME
  15. 15. What makes them different? Netbooks = Nomadic MIDs (bagable) = Mobile (pocketable) Moblin
  16. 16. Building Moblin So, this is some stuff you should really be thinking about before you write any features. It’s mostly pretty easy stuff that anyone can do, especially the sketching and wireframing.
  17. 17. It starts with a sketch Moblin This time we needed fewer sketches than before since we were taking a product we designed and knew well. Normally we do a lot of sketching. Sketching is really important as it’s quick - so you’ve got a lot less attachment to the idea than when you’ve spent loads of time polishing it up.
  18. 18. Then you go to a wireframe
  19. 19. Or two Thus
  20. 20. Add some snazzy visual design Thus You’ll notice how this is smaller! This screen is pretty much pixel designed.
  21. 21. Motion is the key Stay as simple as you can, as long as you can. Agility is vital and you can often pack in more concepts/
  22. 22. Some ideas work... less well Often, the only way you know whether something works is to test it.
  23. 23. Then iterate the ‘info-motion’ Then you bring it all together.
  24. 24. What makes Moblin different
  25. 25. Myzone for Handsets
  26. 26. What’s it made of Thus mojito gio e-d-s ofono gconf clutter nbtk css .desktop files gnome recent documents magic Moblin This is what the myzone is made of. Lots of different stuff
  27. 27. A load of technical things So as you can see we use lots of different tech to get to the place we want to be. Clutter! Linux!
  28. 28. Toolbar panels: Zones You can do more than one thing at a time! Shock!
  29. 29. Moblin UX, a family of design Netbooks & MIDs: Browser visual tab switcher & zones You may be familiar with zones from the netbook - we’ve
  30. 30. Notifications panel A task oriented interface is provided by the notifications panel. We’re really excited by this. It’s a different way of interacting with your machine and works really well to Get Stuff Done.
  31. 31. Your application
  32. 32. Live life in widescreen Portrait vs landscape
  33. 33. Always be in a consistent state The device may go offline. We may run out of memory. The application may be closed down or the user may lose interest. Save automatically and often.
  34. 34. Storage is cheap; connectivity less so Partial offline states
  35. 35. Don’t rely on a keyboard Virtual keyboard is to be expected. autocomplete won’t work very well
  36. 36. Expected context of use Thus Mobile, moving. Personal.
  37. 37. A toolbar acts on a context Moblin
  38. 38. A sidebar switches context Moblin
  39. 39. Simple, simple, simple Most of our work is removing buttons and cognitive load.
  40. 40. Always have personality If your app connects with people then they’ll forgive a lot. A little personality goes a very long way BUT - be warned - it’s hard to localise.
  41. 41. Adapting your desktop application
  42. 42. Netbook UI Thus Moblin
  43. 43. New UI, please photos/ksyz/3817875682/ Look at this desktop UI being shoved onto a mobile device.
  44. 44. MID UI
  45. 45. Moblin is for MIDs, netbooks, nettops and IVI We’ve got world leading tech like Clutter Design is very important for differentiation Drawing it all together Design principles for you to steal
  46. 46. useful places to go “Developing Moblin Applications” Wed 5:15pm - MOBS003
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