As much as I like staying on task, and getting stuff done, sometimes I just need a creative break. We’ve been doing a bunch of planning this week to get ready for 3.5 (which is looking awesome). But, I decided to set aside some time this afternoon to fiddle with a feature of my choosing (whether it was earmarked for 3.5 or not).
I chose to play around with the left main navigation.
- I’m NOT lobbying to change the left navigation in 3.5. This was merely a experiment/creative outlet
- I’ll be the first to admit that this approach very well may be crap There is still plenty of room for improvement. That’s the beauty of iterative design!
- I picked this feature because it’s been on my mind lately, and I’d rather get my thoughts recorded for future discussions, than lose them.
- If this is distraction to you, please just ignore it. If this is interesting to you, I’d love to hear your feedback. If you’d like to riff off of these mockups, here are the source files (I used balsamiq): left nav | left nav expanded
Less options (with more action-based text)
Instead of a feature based list of options (Posts, Plugins, etc…), I tried to focus on “action based” words. Here’s what I came up with:
- I’m not sold on “My site” as the top option, but I couldn’t think of any alternatives.
- “Comments” would be better as “Manage comments” in my mind, but I’m not sure how everyone feels about 2 words being there.
I sort of had the http://www.amazon.com/ left hand nav in mind while working on this:
- The second set of options under the “Add” and “Edit” section were just an experiment. Alternatively I thought about putting the 5 most recent posts under “Edit” (instead of the “My Sites” set of links)
- It would be nice to re-group/re-think the settings options (but that is another discussion)