We sat there in Chatters, pondering and pondering on the technical feasibility of it, the work that would need to be done, demand for such a project, and whether or not it was even a good idea. Shortly after, we set about to design such a beast.
During our discussion on the design, we settled on a few key points that had to apply to the new pager:
- It had to have a minimalistic interface
- It had to have a tabbed interface for chat for the sake of readability
- It had to be amazing
We've yet to settle on an ultimate final design, but here's a mock-up of what you might see as pretty much the contents of the window when starting this pager:
We wanted a balance between a minimalistic and a functional interface and we had personally settled on the above look (it will look much better in reality). It's generally equivalent to a tabbed interface, without the tabs. The games and friends information are hidden by default and viewable by expanding the "Games" and "Friends" items. Opening one closes the other, but the state of the one that gets closed is preserved for when it is re-opened.
Now you might be wandering why we decided to write a post about it when we don't even have anything to physically show yet, and the answer is simple. We would like your input. None of this design is quite set in stone yet, and it's sure to change from what we currently envision it as. We would like to hear from you, the Linux user, in the comments section of this post. What would you want to see in your pager?