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Research & Explore
What is the ideal interface to keep track of previously viewed online content, across multiple devices and locations?
Every day people consume megabytes of web content – on a myriad of internet-enabled devices from varying locations. This content is typically re-located through:
The big idea
Helping you retrieve specific pages from your history.
So let's assume that you're really lazy and you don't often bookmark any pages. Instead you like to go back through your history to find pages that were interesting. This is all about visualising all the data in your history to help you find specific pages that you have been to before.
We account for two types of behaviours which you can switch between at any time; searching and exploring.
Exploring: visualising your history
This view starts of by showing you a timeline for the past week along the bottom of the screen. Each day is a point on the line. A page stack shown above each point. At this point you can zoom out to a month view or zoom in to a specific day.
Searching: restricting the set
In both exploration views, there will be a sidebar with the following search criteria:
The page stack
The page stack has 4 parts:
- The stack of thumbnails of the pages. The most relevant page being shown on the front.
- The tag cloud. This is shown above the thumbnails identifying the topics of the pages in the stack.
- The URL. Shown in each thumbnail. This shows only the domain of the page.
- Star indicator. This is also shown in each thumbnail to indicate whether the page has been bookmarked.
Indicators of importances and relevance
We give two visual cues to indicate the relative importance of each page:
- Size of the thumbnail.
- How close the thumbnail is to the top.
Importance is based upon mystical indicators such as:
- Time spent looking at a page.
- Whether it is stared.
- The relevance score for the history search engine.