LittleIpsum Proposed UI - Grant Hutchinson
The goal of LittleIpsum is to allow you to generate the exact amount of Latin text you need as fast as possible. Unfortunately, the current “count up” method doesn’t achieve this goal as elegantly as it could. Last week I created a quick video showcasing what I had been tinkering with, with a call to help to any designers to make the next iteration of LittleIpsum be as amazing as it can.
Some great folks over on Dribbble (thank you Grant Hutchinson, Faruk Ateş, Kyle Pickering), and myself decided to mock up a few different possible interaction methods. As I’m a firm believer of user testing and quick iterations, I’ve decided to create interactive versions of their proposed UIs to gather feedback (to the Flash haters: it’s the quickest way of getting this to the world).
Earlier today, Dustin Senos requested some feedback on a proposed UI for his nifty LittleIpsum utility. The problem involves how you might simplify and streamline the way specific chunks of faux-Latin text can be selected via the menubar item.
My suggestion was to represent the various bits of text (words, sentences, and paragraphs) as blocks, similar to the way you would abstractly ‘Greek’ text in a layout. By dragging the cursor through the ‘text blocks’, you immediately see the amount of text being generated and placed on the clipboard.
Over the next week I’ll add the other proposed UIs for feedback. Please let us know in the comments what you like / dislike each approach.
Once again, huge thank you to everyone who contributed on Twitter and Dribbble towards making LittleIpsum awesome!