I’m not sure all of these are UI focused, but related anyway. Some of these are big, and things we know about, but wanted to hold a spot for them here. Other ideas? Feedback?
Issue There are many entry points, and many ways to organize information, it’s confusing to newcomers
Goal The welcome page should be an easy page to navigate to help people understand what PL is, what’s available and see where they can jump off to do what they are interested in doing
Ideas I honestly dont have great ideas for this one, but we’ve talked about categorizing types of knowledge sharing and linking out from there. I think it could work, but the materials to explain these things need to be concise, approachable from a visual standpoint, and easy to understand.
Issue The OpenCall isn’t prominently featured
Goal Open Call is the lowest barrier for contact for most people. It should be easy to find
Ideas Can we put info on this somewhere people will see it when they first come? It would be great if there was also a link to add it to your calendar.
Issue We don’t show people how to do things
Goal People can easily understand how to post to Public Lab, navigate the site, and find others from demonstrative walk throughs available through navigating the welcome page.
Ideas we could offer video walkthroughs, hover over popups, or others?
Issue Users can’t see the versatility of the features
Goal This is probably another page, but there should be an off-ramp for those who aren’t newcomers, but are looking for features to navigate the site and post in a more detailed way.
Ideas For example, a place that describes or shows the tagging system, powertags, inline features on research notes, different ways to search etc.