Thursday, August 14, 2008

the almighty Google looses a round?

Over the past month or so I have been working with an IA and some developers to create a proof of concept desktop widget. After the IA did some research and we decided on some wireframes, I did the visual and interaction design, sent the developers my mock ups and assets and let them go. The point of the exercise was to mainly get a sales tool, but also to discover the limitations between platforms.

The three that have been created so far have been a Google Gadget, a Yahoo Widget, and an Adobe Air application. According to the developer working on the Google Gadget it is a nightmare. It came out looking the least like my mock ups that's for sure. The Yahoo one looks pretty nice, but it doesn't do any of the cool transitions and stuff I asked for. The Air, well, I guess I'm an Adobe lover anyway, but it came out the best by far. I think that maybe what we were trying to create may have been a bit beyond Google and even Yahoo’s capabilities.

I wish I could show you, but yeah... company policy and all that.

And I know, I know. I need to design my own damn background for this blog. I’ll get around to it eventually... maybe...

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