The second (and final) stage of the prototype includes:
- new and improved primary user interface including “google-maps-style” dragging to move around
- new “view mix” view that includes “quick results” – search results right on the view mix page in addition to the view samples
- a new “dynamic view” that builds based on category or other keyword as needed (this is more related to prototyping and usability testing than something that will be needed or the live site)
- wikipedia data source added
- most importantly, a working version of the “view picker” that selects the best views based on the search string
We have started the process of building relationships with content providers. The first two that we are meeting with are AOL and CNET. We have had a few conference calls with CNET already and the group that runs the Gaming content sites as well as the Metacritic (film reviews) content site. The initial conversations went very well—very positive about Viewzi (“This is gorgeous!” was the quote from one contact at CNET).
This Monday we go to LA to meet with AOL to talk about licensing the Moviefone content (among other content items).
The next few weeks are all about three things: FUND RAISING, PLANNING and USABILITY TESTING. We are continuing to interview usability firms and usability freelancers. We will most likely work with two: one here in town to do informal testing about high-level concepts, and one specialist to do the more intricate details of web usability and navigation.