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A Proposed Model for GV Express October 2008 RED version
The Red Model
Using Menus The Red model includes a row of horizontal menus on the top portion of the screen. Menus save screen space and are familiar to many users.
Using Menus By categorizing numerous options into a smaller number of easily-understood groups, menus can help the user conceptualize a complex application. Certain Express lends itself to employing menus.
An Express Menu Can be used for standard options (e.g., Open, Save, Print) and application set tings
A Resources Menu Can hold resources shared across all folders (contacts database, suppliers database, etc.) and other useful materials included “out of the box” (e.g., various templates)
A Folder Menu These options set preferences for the selected folder (i.e., the default settings for every event in the folder) and include materials that all events within can use (e.g., survey, custom questions)
An Event Menu Used to navigate to the various components of the selected event (grayed-out and unavailable when an event is not selected)
A Create Menu Used to quickly go to frequently-used “create new…” screens
Drop-down vs Vista Style The Vista toolbar is a horizontal version of the drop-down menu list with categorized icons
Problem with the Vista Toolbar: Applications with numerous navigation choices and user options get visually complicated. Icons need to be created for every option (and remembered by the user).
Problem with the Vista toolbar: Too many icons can confuse the user and distract from the task
A Simple Interface After login, some lesser-used links (Admin, Support) can be included in menus, while customer name, user name, and logo show in the header
Selecting an Event in a Folder
Navigating to an Event Using Menu The conventional Open command could be used to navigate to, and select, an event
Navigating to an Event Using Menu First, the user must select the folder that includes the desired event. Express has two kinds of folders: one holds standard events; one holds courses.
Navigating to an Event Using Menu Then, the user selects the desired event
Event Selected Once an event is selected, its name can show on-screen (along with a crumb-trail showing how you got there)
Event Selected A progress bar (linked to a to-do list?) could visually represent work flow progress. Other important info could also show on the event’s “Home” page
Selecting a Participant
Several Navigation Options The user could get to a list of speakers using a menu
Several Navigation Options The user could get to a list of speakers by drilling into a graphic
Several Navigation Options The user could get to a list of speakers by clicking a link in the Resource Frame or by using a Search feature
Several Navigation Options The user could get to a list of speakers by clicking a link in a related list
Other UI Ideas
Building an Event: Graphic Alternative Drag event components into the build space. Select a component to view properties.
Navigation Alternative Modular products (e.g., Meetings) or lesser-used menu items could be moved to a panel on the left