Design a great UI for searching the user's data

Registered by Rob Taylor on 2010-05-10

UDS session to kick off UX design for searching on the desktop/notebook.

Blueprint information

Status:
Not started
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Undefined
Drafter:
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Direction:
Needs approval
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New
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Sprints

Whiteboard

One place to start is the netbook where users want to search for documents rather than browse disks

Current state: technologies are there but lacks concrete use cases. Some use cases are:

 1. User opens the Files Place
 2. User opens a file
    - User opens a recently created file
    - User opens a regularly opened file
    - User opens an email attachment
 3. User browses folder contents
 4. User searches for a file
 5. User drags a file to the Trash
 6. User drags a file to a device
 7. User drags a file to the Files Place

Mac
Open Finder/spotlight and search?

Application-specific views of files in something like open file dialog
 * Music: album, artist, genre
 *

Mockups:
 * http://dl.dropbox.com/u/217582/Files%20Place.png
 * http://dl.dropbox.com/u/217582/Documents%20Section.png
 * http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/088/6/4/Search_Filter_Bar_by_DanRabbit.png
 * http://www.codethink.co.uk/~robtaylor/browsermockup.png
 * Reflections on Sugar's journal and some new ideas similar to what today were discussed: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Journal,_reloaded http://dev.laptop.org/~cscott/journal2/journal2-talk.pdf

About search vs foraging (e.g. google vs facebook)
 * http://www.qdh.org.uk/wordpress/?p=319

Actions:
[seif] Share your Zeitgeist search interface.

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