We now have some preliminary designs to illustrate what we think a version 1.1 update will look like. The upgrades currently on the table are:
1. Make the full day view easier to find
2. Provide an easy to find full week view
3. Add calendar-style navigation to the jump-to date menu
4. Make episode descriptions easier to find within the program information pane
5. Update overal organization of the full grid template to make core features easier to find
6. Make it easier for stations to remove the vertical scroll bar by adding it as a customization option in SRC
Before I run through these designs, I need to share one big caveate:
These designs could change - the technical requirements for these updates have not been confirmed, and it is possible that we'll have to make decisions about removing or modifying certain new features in order to roll this update out as quickly as possible.
With that, here's what we're thinking:
Example 1 - Updated Default View of theFull Grid:
Tabs have been added across the top of the grid to provide clearer access to full day and full week views. The date setting has been moved down to be more closely associated with the grid itself. (Note that the multi-station implementation would only exist on pbs.org. The station version would only contain your own channels)
Example 2- New Full Week View:
In order to fit a full weeks programming in a resonable amount of space, we will likely need to prevent episode titles, closed captioning and HD information from appearing in the grid view. This information would still be available when a program title is clicked.
Example 3 - Calendar Navigation:
The calendar would appear when a user goes to select a date in the jump-to menu, similar to the user experience on many travel sites.
Example 4 - Updated Program Information Pane:
When a user clicks on a program title in the grid, their first view of the program information pane would contain the description of that episode when the data is available.
What do you think? Are these changes on the right track? Are we wasting our time with any of these new features?
As mentioned in yesterday's user-testing post, we're spending the next two weeks confirming the technical scope of making these changes and will be presenting a mocked-up version of the updated grid as part of the overall DTV user testing at the end of this month.
Update [3.20.09] - To respond to Mike's question, here's the mock up of the full week print view: