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More eye candy [answered]

asked 2013-12-26 11:55:11 +0200

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updated 2013-12-27 19:54:50 +0200

eric gravatar image

Maybe it's just personal opinion, but while Sailfish is great on maximizing the available space for application content, actually I think that often this space isn't fully used with the end result that sometime there is the feeling of emptyness. It get worst when the whole app is just a wide spaced monochromatic text listing of something.

Do you agree or prefer to stay as minimalist as possible?

EDIT:just to clarify better, I was thinking to this kind of eye candyness: http://quitcoding.com/?page=work that lets you say: wow, that's cool!

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I'm more of a minimalist person, so I prefer it to stay on the minimal side of things... I like open space.

FireFly ( 2013-12-26 12:00:45 +0200 )edit

I'm with FireFly here: minimalistic and spartanic is better than decoration with no functional purpose. As nice as eye candy can be, it definitlely weares of with time. If there is too much useless space the task would be to fill it with useful information.

ibins ( 2013-12-26 12:50:07 +0200 )edit

Well, maybe decoration can be used in a clever way so to carry information too. Qt/QML provides lots of effects at the moment not used at all. I mean, when you search the web for QML you'll see those shining demos. I expected Sailfish to endorse those capabilities and make full use of them to appeal.

BTW I agree that it's better to fill the space with usefull information, I just propose different way to display the information than simple text. A way that is also pleasant for the eyes.

Titanium ( 2013-12-26 13:18:58 +0200 )edit

only optional, for me the more readable information the better, eye candy is otherwise useless

must not waste resources (i.e. battery life)

ortylp ( 2013-12-26 13:57:37 +0200 )edit

It seems here that eye candy = waste of space and battery when it's not. At least not if done correctly. In fact by properly using colors, icons, animations you can have more dense information and better attention getters when needed, for example to signal an important event. plus it's more appealing and more people will like Sailfish.

Titanium ( 2013-12-26 14:42:47 +0200 )edit

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answered 2013-12-26 16:01:29 +0200

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I disagree on more eyecandy. I have seen so many apps on many mobile os:es that s bloated with eyecandy and makes endusers like me just confused. And many times not even userfriendly.

Ofcourse there are some apps that could have little more stuff but overall sailfishos main applications don't need more eye candy. Also eyecandy that you linked to means eating more battery etc...

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Thanks for your answer. I see here many are for the minimalist approach. Still I think that sometimes our mood (at least mine) is on the: I'd like to have fun, see colours and life (animations), not always technical efficiencies. If something important happens I want to be alerted in a visible and funny way, not me just looking carefully to note it. Other times I just want to change the look, just for the sake of it.

I understand my preferences can be different then others, and usually changes durind the day as my mood change. To accommodate for all tastes I've proposed to support more themes (actually I see ambiences as variations of the same theme) so that eachone can choose based on personal preferences (https://together.jolla.com/question/632/themes-not-just-ambiences/). I think it is technically feasible due to the underlining support provided by Qt.

Titanium ( 2013-12-26 17:17:45 +0200 )edit

answered 2015-09-13 17:26:09 +0200

Titanium gravatar image

I consider SailfishOS 2.0 the answer to the question

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answered 2014-01-15 00:21:11 +0200

MartinK gravatar image

Eye candy for eye candy sake, without for example providing user feedback is bad & useless...but

what if ? * *(the first meta-answer !)

What if you were asked to do a mobile operating system with as much eyecandy as possible, what useless effects and crazy gimmicks would you add ?

A few ideas to get this started:

  • application burning down when being swiped down or closed from task switcher
  • application windows spinning into view from infinity when application is launched
  • support for adding duck beaks and cat ears to pictures in gallery using face detection
  • automatic LOL-speak translator
  • lockscreen, task switcher, laucher pages and notification page on the sides of a cube, Compiz style
  • 3D file browser - never gets old!
  • live background with a 3D game of life running continuously, lowering battery life to 1.5 hours

Well, sky is the limit :)

Use comments to post your crazy answers, no need to vote for it. :)

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Lets start with an animated boot splash screen, with the Jolla logo lightened from a moving light source Add widget such as the train station styled display Use hourglass for the remorse timers To me the cards of main applications (settings, mail etc) are too empty and monochromatic. Mail for example can show animation of letters on new messages. Calendar can paint the card with a calendar

Titanium ( 2014-01-15 00:45:35 +0200 )edit

Certain design features are not necessarily useless. Font types for example, button and menu layouts, combinations of background colors and images, frames of windows are all element which don't necessarily kill the minimalist approach, still help many to find the device aesthetically more appealing.

Cary Grant ( 2014-01-28 10:18:22 +0200 )edit

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