Chris Lee, Firefox UX Intern 2012

Bookmarks of the Future

Carnegie Mellon University

2011-2013

computer science

human-computer interaction

Stik

2010

front-end engineering

visual design

Learnboost

2011

front-end engineering

back-end engineering

Mozilla Firefox

2012

interaction design

front-end engineering

Bookmarks

Probably not the bookmarks (UI) of the future.

  • Doesn't accomodate visual thinkers
  • No sense of information hierarchy
  • Encourages massively nested folders (relevant article)
  • Separate window
  • Not prominent in the UI
  • Fundamentally built for organizing, not actually using

We have bookmarks, so what's up with these things?

Pinterest Tumblr Kippt Readability

People like social bookmarking!

But I'm not convinced that social features are the only reason...

Hypothesis

Part of the problem is the way bookmarks are accessed and managed in the browser

(see related research by Brian Groudan and Diane Loviglio)

Panorama

(aka Tab Groups)

Messy Panorama
Slightly more organized Panorama
New Panorama UI prototype

Back to bookmarks.

What can we learn from elsewhere?

iTunes album list view
iTunes album grid view

Mozaic

Mozaic list view
Mozaic thumbnail view
Mozaic list view with info panel

(It also does tab groups and history.)

Working (buggy) add-on prototype.
Would love contributions!

github.com/cleercode/mozaic

Thanks! Questions?

chrsl.net

@cleerview

This presentation is available online at chrsl.net/mozilla-intern-presentation/ & github.com/cleercode/panorama