Working on MyStuff again

February 29th, 2008

Back on board after six months doing other things. Since I passed over my design comps the developers have been hard at work coding it up into an actual application.

It’s still very rough around the edges but I’d say it’s at about alpha stage now, ready for a bit of testing. Needs a lot of tidying up and severe usability testing before going anywhere near the general population though.

It would be interesting to see how some of the target audience for the system get on with it. What I’ve seen is quite bewildering – many many features to get you head around! No idea how many stakeholders were involved but it shows that there were a hell of a lot!

I still think there’s a need for a ‘MyStuff lite’ that starts with a single feature and does that amazingly well before moving onto the next one (which would be what the majority of the end-users were crying out for). But that couldn’t really be defined as an ‘ePortfolio’ I guess. Having scouted about the net looking at other ePortfolios I’ve yet to find one that makes any sense to me.

On a purely aesthetic note, the cut and shut design (metal topbar?) is looking pretty ugly but I’m sure that can be bashed into shape with a bit of time. There’s no scope for me to do anything like that at this point though – I’m simply doing some work to make the form output a bit more presentable.

Will be interesting to see it evolve. Are you using MyStuff? What do you think?

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2 Responses to “Working on MyStuff again”

  1. Mariano

    Hi Guy,

    Nice job you have done in MyStuff madness sorting out with AJAX “quite a lot” of the problems of that system.

    (Just judging from your ’embedded’ slideshow above). I can bear the cognitive and mental pain of going back to it.

    keep well.

  2. Guy Carberry

    Hi Mariano, if i’m to read you correctly, you found the current version of MyStuff a pain in the head! When i used it I also found it impossible to understand – hence the post above. So what you see in the slideshow is my interpretation of the way the interface ought to be. This refers back to some of my earliest designs before the world and his wife had a voice!