I’ve been spending a lot of time on Google Waves recently. My friends and I are using it to study for a midterm and I find it mostly intuitive and pretty well designed, but far from perfect.
Features I find intuitive:
-The box set up, with a customizable layout. You can choose what boxes you want to see, can minimize or get rid of ones you don’t and they are rearrangable. It is completely customizable to one’s needs. Equally important, it is clear to me that you are able to do this because of the box design. The boxes look like they are floating and are consistent with other websites and applications that use the floating box set up and let you customize arrangement.
-The text tools are mostly consistent with those in microsoft word or pages.
-The menu is consistent with an email interface. In fact the over all interface is a cross between gmail, google docs, and microsoft word, all applications that most people use (certainly that I use) and therefore the information gap was pretty small
Features I found confusing:
-The menu bar for the inbox box was a little confusing. What does it mean to “unfollow”? Why don’t they just use “delete” like an email? Why is there a button to read the wave when all you have to do is click on it to read it? Is this something different? Similarly, what does it mean to follow a wave; aren’t I already following it?
The site I’m working on will is for an organization called Gilda’s Club Seattle. They already have a very nice website, but they are looking for a more kid-friendly forum to post events, provide information to parents and kids, and most importantly educate children about cancer. The title of the site will be “Noogieland”. This is a reference to one of Gilda Radner’s SNL skits and the name of the children’s program at Gilda’s Club.