Following on from our work in Sprint 1, I’ve been conducting some research today to establish whether or not we’re going to continue down essentially a traditional ‘admin’ system path or whether we’re going to pursue the altogether more challenging (read: scary & hard work!) route of trying to do as much of the content creation and editing ‘in place’ (which effectively means in as much of a WYSWIG environment as possible).
The research today involved some simple walk/talk throughs of two very basic prototypes that I had made using Omnigraffle and showed in the ‘Presentation’ view (probably the fastest way I’ve found to build relatively complex application interfaces using a mix of screengrabs and wireframes that you can click through). For those who are interested, those and this blog post are going to form my ‘demo’ materials for this Scrum sprint.
Predictably (although also happily) everyones main priority is for things to be ‘as simple as possible’, however there was a strong leaning towards the ‘in place’ solution which I found somewhat surprising, as previous research had almost indicated the opposite. (Yet another reason to research as iteratively as you design!)
So, for the next few days I’m going be working on more detailed interface designs for this ‘edit in place’ approach, and to that end, I wonder if you can help me… I’d *love* to see some good examples of relatively complex edit-in-place/WYSIWYG interfaces. Obviously Flickr is the poster child for fairly simple in-place interactions, but are there good examples of being able to add and create new content elements, move them around on page, maybe even manage a few versions of the page… relatively complicated stuff.
If you could point me to any examples, I’d be incredibly grateful!