I've been gradually working on the CSH Drink widget for some time now. Well, last night, I decided that I hated - hated - the old widget's UI. Here's why.
- Overkill. All the widget had to do was display a name and price for each drink.
- Size. The freakin' thing was huge!
- Feel. It didn't feel like a Dashboard widget. It felt more like a Mac app that got squeezed into a widget (which, while it works, wasn't very good).
- Look. I'm not a UI designer, although I try to be sometimes. I failed.
With that in mind, I redesigned the widget. It'd have a smaller footprint in terms of pixels. It'd tell you what you needed to know, and that's it. It'd be less ugly (although I'm still working on de-uglying it). And, it'd feel like a widget.
I doubt I actually accomplished much of my goals, but hey, it's not a pro thing. It's for geeks by a geek. And it gets the damn job done. With that in mind, here's a screenshot of the new Drink Dashboard widget it action.
As you can see, it's drastically smaller than the original - in fact, it takes up 45% of the original widget. The buttons are smaller. The whole thing fits much better into Dashboard than the other one did. And I don't hate it. 😁
To make it less ugly, I'm going to putz around with the shadows some more, as well as add a darkening gradient to the blue area. I'm mostly concerned with functionality at this point, as most of the design/implementation work on this has happened in the last 48 hours.
I spent about two hours of my life mixing together and awesome remix. It's the music from Straight to Video by Mindless Self Indulgence, combined with the awesome lyrics of Fett's Vette by mc chris. Even if you've never heard of either/both, its awesome.