Monday, February 27, 2012

Pinteresting formats

I've been using pinterest for a while now, and at first treated it as largely an outgoing channel. I generally don't do much of it at work, just on the way to and fro - and hence on the mobile. But recently I started consuming a bit more, browsing the lists of my friends, and of the masses.

Now I have a lot of apps; rss readers, social apps and all the usual suspects and one thing beats home about this one - it's the scrolling. It's the one aspect of the experience that seems to be new, well not new, but embraced in the app. It's a pita if you have a poor connection (and to be honest the app crashes quite regularly for me) but when it works it works nicely, and because its just pictures its nice to browse like that. I guess because it's just big pictures that people knew would be scaled down it works like that...

So I was thinking that this kind of stream, with reasonably low importance and high visual recognition in the main, could suit use of accelerometer tilt as an interface. I think it would speed things up a little - particularly when you explore the All category in the evening! I don't know if this is because I'm in the UK but I find that browsing All in the morning yields much more interesting stuff - perhaps its to do with traditional news reading patterns, and of course that I am not that interested in floral arrangements, pictures of cats, or finger nails (in that way it reminds me of groupon). I also suspect we'll see more really long graphics designed to be consumed downwards in the pinterest world, vying for some viral fame...

1 comment:

Iain said...

Interesting article on glanceability of the Nokia/Microsoft phone interface in a similar vein... http://www.webcredible.co.uk/blog/glanceable-ux-design