I’m doing some research into sites that use a modular/contextual design approach, and was wondering if anybody knew of any examples. I’ll use the concept of iGoogle to illustrate exactly what I meanâ€¦
Say I’d like to add more content to my personalized homepage. To do so, I click “Add Stuff” and this takes me to a separate area that contains a catalog of available widgets. Even though I mentally recall that I’m adding content to my homepage, this area is visually independent of the homepage itself.
Now, consider another approach. Say I clicked “Add Stuff” and a layer (possibly 80% of the page) appeared, taking focus above the homepage. Within the layer, I could browse the catalog of available widgets. The catalog itself is similar in both cases, however the layer/modular approach allows browsing and selecting to occur within the context of its destination â€“ the homepage. Once a widget is chosen, the layer disappears (possibly with an animation) and the revised homepage comes to focus.
If anybody is aware of any site that uses a similar approach â€“ whatever the subject matter â€“ I’d greatly appreciate your help. I’d also be very interested in your feedback regarding the effectiveness of this type of interaction.
Thanks in advance!