Last night I thought about a new frontend design for metalcon. I personally want to go away from this diaspora/google+/facebook like design. So I did some brainstorming about how you can have a lightweight clear design that fits with our ideas of what should be the functionality of metalcon. The result is a desktop like frontend that has a nice search function as the main interface between user and application.
So let’s say a new user enters www.metalcon.de the first time. What he will see is mainly just a textfield:
Typing anything in the textfield will trigger a nice autocompletion. Hitting enter we will open everything important associated to the request text in separated “windows”. So let’s say you are searching for “Metallica”. Than we will open a “gallery”, “forum”, “fans”, “albums”… window. Each window can be closed, moved and minimized.
As soon as you type in another string the windows will be closed and an item in the request history will appear (bottom left hand corner in the example image). Klicking on a history item these windows will get opened again.
If you don’t want a windows to disapear after entering a new search string you can right-click on that one to see at least following functions:
- Always on current desktop
- Show on all desktops
So here you see, that I also want to have a multi desktop functionality: At the bottom right hand cornor you have four buttons that you can use to toggle between the available desktops. So if you search metallica at desktop 1 and search for a friend at desktop 2 the metallica windows will stay opened at desktop 1.