The Box metaphor
Let’s assume that ‘my stuff / eportfolio’ is a box.
Im more likely to put stuff that already exists into a box than to create something to specifically put in a box.
Therefore, maybe we need to treat the ‘create something new’ functionality slightly differently to the other functions.
My Stuff (box) – things I can do directly:
– put something in it (including more, smaller boxes)
– search for something
– browse through it’s contents
– take something out of it
– organise stuff in it
Once ive got my stuff from the box, I can:
– Share it with others
– Make changes to it
– Put it in the bin
– duplicate it (photocopy, cd burn etc)
– stick some labels on it
– put it back in the box
– put it in a smaller box which I put into the main box
– put it into an entirely different box
I can also create something new which I might decide to put in the box.
I might also decide to create something but not put it in that box at all.
Please do all comment on this. If we get this sort of conceptualisation right, the design will come easy.
Tags: Eportfolio, Metaphors, Web design