Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Jul 2012 01:24 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces "We're able to produce absolutely stunning websites and mobile apps with great interaction design. Interfaces that are smooth and fun and let us understand information without even trying. But when it comes to email clients, we get a bit of a boring feeling, like using an old piece of software from 10 years ago. I think we can do better. So let's do that." Great ideas and beautiful design by Tobias van Schneider, but why he would forcefully shoehorn this clearly digital UI into Mac OS X is beyond me. It has no place there. This just screams Metro.
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Interesting read...
by kawazu on Wed 11th Jul 2012 07:07 UTC
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2005-12-11

... despite all the various issues about the page itself. Personally, I don't think that "MacOS vs. Metro" or "WebMail?" or any other of the technical implementation aspects really do matter here. To me, he definitely has valid points. Sure, for administrative purposes (dealing with and eventually discarding a load of mails as fast as possible) I tend to use mutt once in a while, and I mainly am using Thunderbird to get my daily work done. Yet, I also see a load of shortcomings in handling e-mail. Keeping _everything_ that belongs to one project (mails, drafts/mockups, pieces of code, ...) in _one_ single place is just one of these issues. I so far failed to find a meaningful way of doing so with any of the clients I used (well, maybe it would work by completely using Google Mail/Docs and having it all online but that's completely no option for business stuff IMO). So in the end I totally agree with the conclusion: Working wit e-mail needs to be redesigned. It needs to be redesigned beyond most of the current, "tech driven" means of handling mails and should be more "task oriented", indeed. Looking forward to see whether anyting meaningful will arise out of this. ;)

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RE: Interesting read...
by pysiak on Wed 11th Jul 2012 08:45 in reply to "Interesting read..."
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So in the end I totally agree with the conclusion: Working wit e-mail needs to be redesigned. It needs to be redesigned beyond most of the current, "tech driven" means of handling mails and should be more "task oriented", indeed. Looking forward to see whether anyting meaningful will arise out of this. ;)

So this kind of opens the door to David Allen's Getting Things Done [tm] method with such options to apply it to email like:
- GTD Add-in for Outlook - https://gtdsupport.netcentrics.com/trainingmaterials/tour_2010.php (I recommend you view one or two tutorials to get a glimpse)
- GTDInbox for GMail (now known as ActiveInbox) - http://www.activeinboxhq.com/index.html

Examples above are not strictly UI redesigns, they build on top of existing user-familiarity with current UI and add a process that helps you get on top with emails.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Getting_Things_Done

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RE[2]: Interesting read...
by kawazu on Wed 11th Jul 2012 09:39 in reply to "RE: Interesting read..."
kawazu Member since:
2005-12-11


So this kind of opens the door to David Allen's Getting Things Done [tm] method
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Examples above are not strictly UI redesigns, they build on top of existing user-familiarity with current UI and add a process that helps you get on top with emails.


Yes, definitely. Though so far I haven't found a GTD application that actually does all I need (especially talking about including / linking to files), this is pretty much all along the lines I would like to see a mail client to work in 2012. ;)

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