Interface Design of “Mumbai Navigator”

August 29, 2008 at 6:23 am | Posted in interaction design, interface design | 4 Comments
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As we had some discussions/comments (more comments i got on gtalk) on “Mumbai Navigator” about the interface, i am posting the flow of the application here. Though the flow i am showing here in not so much into detail, but enough to understand.

lets assume that user has to go from “andheri” to “mulund”. He can enter source and destination in the given column. By clicking on options, it gives you a list of options which you can select. So, here user an select buses and trains to desired soruce and destination. Also, if user wants he can enter a bus number or train name to find the route of that bus or train.

Here, we will assume that user clicks on “find buses”. He will get the list of buses and their approxi. time from “andheri” to “mulund”. he can click on the desired bus to ckeck the route of the bus. As shows i the above image, if user selects “425 ltd” then he will the route of “425 ltd”.

If there are some buses which directly do not go from andheri-mulund, but one has to change the bus, then user can select an option called “buses with 1 change”.

As user selects “buses with 1 change”, in the current scenario he gets the list of buses with 1 change which is “andheri-sakinaka-mulund”. User can select the option and get list of two routes shown in the above image. then user can get the bus numbers by selecting “andheri to sakinaka”.The user flow might seem a bit long, but the data given by client is huge as there are large number of buses in Mumbai with extra large number of station in it.

I am looking for some critics and inputs about the interface. Would love to get feedback about it.

search engines

July 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm | Posted in interaction design, interface design | 2 Comments
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One the step of google, i think there are lots of search engine application design is happening. Recently i heard that google engineers have started their own search engine and they claim that its much faster and accurate than google. Though i do not have screen shots of that, but i have just come across to some interesting search engines.

1. searchcloud

Interesting thing here i found out was, emphasize on the keyword. User can weight their keyword by given options in the website.

As shown in the image, i can give importance to some of the keyword which i like and search it accordingly. I would say an interesting way of looking search engines.

2. cuil

In addition to searchcloud another application i found was Cuil.

Under search column, there is small tag written say 121,617,892,992 web pages. Personally i liked the way they represented the data. Something like gmail says ” you email space is 6.873932930 GB and continuously updating”.

When searching for “interaction design”, in addition to topics related to interaction design, it also suggests some keywords, authors, people related to that domain. So in our case it shows human computer interaction,  usability, design, information architects and many more. I have not used it much, but one of my friend who used it says that interface is good, but search results are not satisfactory.

aaqua – almost all question answered

July 18, 2008 at 5:01 pm | Posted in interaction design, interface design | Leave a comment
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aaqua is a website for the development of the farmers of India. Currently it serves 3 states of India and expanding more. The basic idea of aaqua is to answer the questions regarding pesticides, soil, weather informations, disease etc of farmers of different regions of the country. I was looking at the website and come across some interesting interaction design issues.

Above image is home page of “aaqua – mini” which says its a mobile version of “aaqua”. After getting inside “aaqua mini”, you can search for any keyword. I just tried searching for pesticides and something popped up like this :

Here i do not understand the significance of leaving the bottom space and giving pagination like 1|2|3|4. It feels like they have not done proper utilization of the space. One more interesting thing i found out is,

Once you open some link which requires registration, you see a red colored statement saying ” warning – you have to login to access this feature” (shown in the above image). This seems very strange, something like it is trying to scare by saying “warning”, you have done some biggest mistake by clicking this link.

Though i appreciate the effort of connecting agricultural experts and farmers which helps them grow better. “aaqua” has been awarded two times.

mumbai navigator

July 15, 2008 at 8:45 am | Posted in creative, interface design | 4 Comments
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After a long time, i think !!! Few days back, during a meeting in my office i came accross an application called Mumbai Navigator. Mumbai Navigator helps to find out any bus and train routes by just entering the origin and destination. This application is designed by IIT Bombay.

Also, by entering train name or bus number would lead you to the detail of that particular train or bus number. I found this application very useful for people of Mumbai, as daily lacs of people travel by trains and busess. Currently this application is on the website which does not help people when they are on a move. I am designing the interface of Mumbai Navigator on mobile phones. Some of the initial ideas i am sharing with you, would love to get feedbacks.

The is the very first screen when you open the application. Here you can put your origin and destination in “from” and “to” option. By pressing the “select” button, by default it shows desired trains of chosen route.

“Option” button lets you look at other options like choosing a bus instead of train, also finding route by typing train name/bus number through “find by train name” and “find by bus number”.

This screen pops up when you choose “find by bus number”. Here i have shown some basic screen (though there are lot more) which is still on the design stage, but would like to get feedback from all of you to make it better.

cleartrip.com

June 23, 2008 at 6:24 am | Posted in interface design | 4 Comments
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I had to book a ticket to Nagpur for one of my friend’s marriage. So while checking the flight sites.. i came across cleartrip. Neat and clean, pretty clear and gives me what i want. Something like google.

First page asks me for the location of travel, date and some other information. No unnecessary clicks. Then the second page describes about related airlines and fare.

Then it directs to further details like payment options etc. No jazzy advertisements, no unnecessary clicks and no unwanted information. Understandable and to the point website.

One more thing is, if i open the website another time, it shows me details of previous transaction i made.

mozilla firefox

June 17, 2008 at 3:54 pm | Posted in interface design | 2 Comments
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Now every browser gives you a facility of remembering username and password, so you do not need to login every time. It automatically does that. But before your username and password has been stored in your browser it asks you to remember it or not.

Just came across one small but very important thing (i think). Recently i opened my linkedIn, where i put my username and password and something like this popped up.

Now when i see this, i do not understand where i am.. means what is by default selected.. whether it is “never for this site “, “not now” or “remember”. And if i press enter without looking it, i do not know whether it is going to save my username and password or not. Then i discovered that by default it is “not now”.

Now question is, in interaction design point of view, aren’t we missing here something? Shouldn’t be “not now” highlighted by default? One thing i would like to point out is ” i do not know whether it is only with mac (as i use mac) or it is there for windows also.

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