ideation iteration illumination

I complain about ‘apps’.  I complain about apps, a lot.  I am of the opinion that there is more hype to 80% them than long term utility.  But gripes with ‘apps’ is an entirely differnt post. This time I want to highlight an ‘app’ done right.  This one was built for the Ipad and designed to pair with a Comcast Xfinity box and came to my attention today after griping about another cable provider’s new set-top-box UI (see previous post).

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Cox Cable's Trio UI

I believe that a cable set-top-box is capable of a more interesting browsing experience than the Trio UI that has been recently announced from Cox Cable.  In fact, I’m sure of it.

In case you are unaware, there are many limitations that come with developing engaging user experiences on devices like set-top-boxes because of limited storage and chipset capabilities. They’re really, really, dumb machines compared to how we are used to consuming media in our broadband world. They’re nothing like desktop computers or cell phones. But technical constraints are no excuse for poor design implementations. Some amazingly creative ideas have emerged despite severe limits. In partnership with frog design the Trio UI is being baked into Cox Cable’s latest hardware offering. The new design takes advantage of the wider 16:9 format of today’s TV sets by offering three panes (Trio, get it) that function as a cascading menu. I want to spend some time unpacking my grudges with it because it bothers me too much to ignore. I will be ignoring the outdated graphics and ‘borrowed’ navigation highlight bar care of TiVo. I’m really sticking to the Trio UI as a poor choice for an optimal multi channel browsing experience on the television.

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So I’ve updated the gutz of speak.illations.com in order to make life a whole lot easier on me.  I’ve been an absolutely terrible poster to the site, but I’m determined to make that change so here’s a start with a brand new relaunch.  It’s nothing custom, word press back end and a prefab theme with a minimum of customizations.  I wanted to keep it dirt simple focusing on the content more than the design of the blog so here’s to the relaunch and new thoughts.

I may repost a couple of older thoughts if any strike me as interesting, but I’d prefer to look ahead to new ideas