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[general request]: compact UI, dense information, decrease menu depth if possible...

asked 2015-03-08 18:03:11 +0200

M.Bln. gravatar image

updated 2015-08-20 13:50:09 +0200

As much as I like Jolla/sailfishOS I sometime think UI is to much split into half-empty menu sites.

An example: when using telephone function via pulley from main screen I first get the history. Why that? Then I have to choose number dealing OR name searching via pulley menu. Why not directly offer a "joined" menu with numbers and associated letters (like on every dump phone with keys) and give a contact suggestion regarding the letter sequence matching the typed "keys" (similar to word suggestion on normal keyboard layout)?

more small examples: when opening...

  • ...contacts and choosing an entry via letter search I get a half-empty site, why not more details? Why not web-addr. to start in browser, e-mail-addr. to start in email-prog.??
  • ...system-options half the screen is empty. Why not offer more/all options, favourite options?
  • ...the app "network monitor" it's nearly empty! There are no graphs / sparklines to show data trends, nor details f.e. about Bluetooth traffic etc.pp...

If needed there are many guides in the www for dense information by keeping a good UI. As mentioned and suggested in case of the weather-app already (https://together.jolla.com/question/85490/weather-app-improvements/?answer=85568#post-id-85568) you may want to have a look at...

So my suggestion is this: use all the space you have and dense information more to give better information overview and minimize need for swiping (beside that's nice gesturing it's also wasting time if not necessary).

@all: Any other opinions? suggestions? comments?


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I fully agree. Moreover I would also suggest to use more colors and graphics to make more important information more prominent and to get more contrast on the overall look (actually I find it to much monotone and low contrast)

Titanium ( 2015-03-08 18:22:43 +0200 )edit

Dude, thank you SO MUCH for making this post. I thought that I'm the only one who doesn't understand the whole "well-thought-out" concept of Silica UI, especially since people ARE ACTUALLY COMPLAINING THAT THE CURRENT DATE IS NOT HIDDEN IN THE PULLEY ANYMORE, because the (almost completely empty) lock screen should be kept "not cluttered with unneeded information". This insane troll logic just blows my mind.

ScumCoder ( 2015-03-08 19:34:26 +0200 )edit

I'm not sure what you mean by system-options, but you can add shortcuts to your favourite options by going system-> and long pressing stuff (although this is not very obvious, unless you try to long press everything to see if there's a function, after you learn it it's nice). Other points, especially dial app I agree. Not sure what you mean by what you say about contacts app; After clicking a letter, more information than contact name should be shown without going to each contact's detail page?

Acce ( 2015-03-08 20:34:44 +0200 )edit


  • Thanks for info about system settings favourites. I didn't know that and haven't just tried.
  • in contacts you see more infos than just phone numbers - so yes, that is described a bit lazy. But you have always to tap that info to get UI-options. Even more above each tel. entry you get the info "Tel". What for? And why not putting action icons for calling / sms beside EACH number? ..as well as an icon for web-browsing beside the website and so on. I hope that makes my desc. more clear.

From my point the UI waste al lot of space. So I suggest to dense the UI to avoid unneeded sub menus / menu levels if not really needed.

M.Bln. ( 2015-03-08 22:42:44 +0200 )edit

For /*[G]UI/g and visualisation, read Tufte, not Gates or Jobs.

rdmo ( 2015-04-29 07:43:31 +0200 )edit

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answered 2015-08-22 01:24:16 +0200

M.Bln. gravatar image

updated 2015-10-25 11:36:31 +0200

Just for those who are interested in further information... here are some overviews about different UI guidelines:

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