A few months ago I posted about my final year brainchild, Fontastica. Work has been continuous albeit slow as deadlines for other modules got in the way between times. More importantly, I made the stupid mistake of leaving my pen drive in a computer at university the day before my Christmas deadline. I got home, realised I’d left it there, and was back at uni less than 45 minutes after I’d left, but it was already gone and nobody has seen it since. I still can’t believe it. Thankfully, I had the files on the web already, and all I lost was the half of my final report that I’d already written.
But that’s in the past. I’d like to share a few updated screenshots. :)
So first of all – welcome to Fontastica! Enjoy your stay. I decided to keep the overall look of the site pretty simple. The overall design is pretty much done, but the code is changing almost daily. I’ve decided I’ll be submitting my Beta version for my final project, then I’ll be recoding the entire thing before its public release, hopefully sometime in April or May.
The basic premise of the site is that you can browse fonts, tag them and rate them against other combinations.
This interface is going to change drastically (in fact, I’m gearing up to do that this afternoon, so don’t get too many ideas), but that’s the overall feel. For the most part, you get given two random fonts, and you can judge whether they go well together or not. Simples. I’d like to write an algorithm that makes the “random” part a little more calculated, but that’s a way off yet.
And then there’s the faceoff, which was pushed for by my tutor:
The idea of the site overall is to keep it as simple, clean and easy-to-understand as possible. Recent user testing has proven that I’ve got a way to go with that. It’s all well and good that I know my way around the site, but if nobody elsedoes then I’m doing it wrong. So like I say, it’ll probably change before the actual launch.
As more people add their opinions – what style of font it is, whether it works well with other fonts, etc. – there will be more stats available for each font, including a list of fonts that others think it goes well with, and – once I’ve got that pesky algorithm working – automated suggesions based on the tags people give fonts. And the best part is that, at the moment, there are no user accounts. You don’t have to sign up. What more can you want?!
So that’s what I’ve been working on, alongside writing an API/client interface and designing a mobile app for reading and taking notes on literature. I have been writing blog entries, but those have been for my Interaction Design module (where the mobile app design is taking place) – you can take a peek if you like, but it’s nothing exciting, I swear. Just an amateur rambling on about user experience research that she knows nothing about.
Anyway – I’d better get to work. I’ve got a lot of interface redesigning ahead of me this afternoon.