The rainbow’s potential…
Uses, looks, platforms.
(The images below are mockups, not working apps!)
A Digital Asset Management app
The “rainbow” still works even if constrained to shades of grey (as in Adobe Photoshop for example).
A gallery format for images is no problem – tagging and tag display is done on each image using the image’s individual ‘slice’ of rainbow.
A few ‘doodles’ for rainbow skins
Liquorice Allsorts (a somewhat less format approach!)
Front-end for Gmail
(One unified system would replace mailboxes, labels, stars, and paperclips)
How Gmail could look on a mobile
Front-end for Google
As wonderful as Google is, we think it’s a shame that the trend of their search engine has been to rely more and more on text search alone, and to hide the search tools away. They want their own algorithms to do all the ‘thinking’ for us, and they seem not to want us to tailor the results for ourselves. Our rainbow takes the opposite approach, and would put all the control right back in the users’ hands, by making the filters a basic part of the architecture. Google are really about searching; we are focused more on browsing. Here is one way we could marry the Google look with our functionality…
A song organizer / player to improve on iTunes
Playlists are groups –
YouTube (and Flikr and Picasa and Pinterest and…)
on a mobile
on a tablet
The rainbow does faceted browsing, only better…
Property websites (and general retail websites) use something called “faceted browsing” to let you zero in on what you’re looking for. A ‘facet’ would be something like price, number of bedrooms, type of property, etc. Each facet is divided up into a number of values. This is broadly what our rainbow does –
Using the system-
Users can very easily set up their own tags to organize their data. Existing faceted browsing systems don’t provide this –