We want to design an interactive map that plots all of the public, collaborative "patter albums" in an exciting, engaging, and informative way. You can download our current app, go to "Explore" and click on the compass at the top to see version 0.1 of this functionality. What we want to do is treat different albums differently and provide a filtering mechanism to show you just patters of interest to you. For treating different albums differently we would like:
- A plot point icon for the "hottest" patter albums (the patter albums that are most active right now). This icon should look fun, be larger than others, and possibly be slightly animated? Pulse?
- A plot point icon for patter albums that are warming up. It should be less exciting than the "hot" album icon but still fun looking.
- A plot point icon for "cold" patters. Patter albums that are not active should get plotted with small grey dots or something like that.
- An indicator of friendship. If a friend is in one of the patter albums it would be great to show that in some way.
- A "featured" plot point icon. We want to feature certain patter albums we need a treatment for that type of album on the map.
1. We are basically looking for a glorified "heat map" that will provide a layering of albums and an interactive feel. The above plot points are just an idea for how to slice and dice the albums to make them appear relatively more or less attractive but we are open to other ideas, as well. NOTE: We like how fun the "Waze" app is and would like to draw inspiration from that. I am also adding our brand colors and fonts.
2. We would also like to develop a design for the preview window on the map when you click on an album. See previewwindod.png below. It is our current preview window. The window needs to contain:- One or more images from the album- The name of the patter album- The number of posts and members in the album- A way to get to the next album
3. We would also like to create a filter for the map. Maybe it is a spinning dial (see the app "Circle" or maybe it is like the spinning nav at the top of Whisper) but it would enable the user to filter the map so it shows them only:
- Hottest albums around the world
- Hottest albums near me
- Only the albums my friends are in
- Featured albums
- Albums I am following