Mozilla Browsing History Design Challenge


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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.

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  • Mozilla Browsing History Design Challenge

    1. 1. Mozilla Design Challenge ‘ 9 Rethinking browsing history
    2. 2. Tonight’s plan ★ Introductions ★ Brainstorming ★ Sharing ideas ★ Forming teams
    3. 3. SOCHI officers • Katie McCurdy • Jeremy Canfield • Debra Lauterbach • Laura Rodrian
    4. 4. 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.
    5. 5. Who are you? • Name • Year • Specialization • What you did over the summer (briefly)
    6. 6. SOCHI + Mozilla = friends
    7. 7. • 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
    8. 8. Past Mozilla Challenges: • Flash prototype for Arcilight • Narrated video for TabViz • Mockup and HTML/CSS/jquery prototype for ‘page element viewer‘ • Stop animation for Accordion tabs • More info on the SOCHI site!
    9. 9. 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.
    10. 10. 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
    11. 11. Think outside typical browsing history... How can we use past browsing behaviors to augment current and future behaviors?
    12. 12. 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.
    13. 13. Resources Concept series blog post about the Uni challenge: design-challenges-fall-09/   Design challenge home, with links to some past research: Integrating back, history and bookmarks in web browsers: grouplab/papers/2001/01-IntegratedHistory.CHI/00-IntegratedHistory-CHI.pdf Scott Berkun blog post, How to Build a Better Web Browser (2004) http:// Tabviz post on user interviews/behaviors: Finding pages from browser history article Eytan Adar paper on browsing history id=1357054.1357241 Firefox add-ons relating to history: q=history&cat=all More resources/research in the Mozilla wiki! Fall09
    14. 14. 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!
    15. 15. 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)