Blue Sky Thinking
Aug 6th, 2013
Tho I don’t condone unsolicited redesigns of popular sites, mostly because there is no context of the business needs and technical restrictions. Basically, anyone can design something amazing in a wide open sandbox. We call it blue sky thinking that can’t return to terra-forma. That said, there are some impressive components found in Fred Nerby’s latest conceptual exploration of Twitter.
One of my challenges to Fred is the technical feasibility of some of these designs and interactions given the current platforms that Twitter operates on (namely desktop web, mobile web, native mobile, and tablet). Some of these patterns will not translate well on these other platforms, some of them couldn’t conform to the design guidelines and technical requirements of these platforms. It’s good to do some blue sky thinking every once in a while, but it needs to be grounded on the premise of design requirements and what can be implementable… otherwise it’s just art for art’s sake.
About the author
Nick Finck is a user experience professional who has dabbled in the web for over a decade. He specializes in information architecture, interaction design, usability and user research. Read more