Create Your Own Path. Be a Leader.
It’s easier to follow other’s path. Almost everyone is doing the same. Why would you need to spend more time to create your own path? The one who creates his own path might not be the most successful person, but there’s something priceless in creating our own path. Similar to the interface design. When something feels and looks good, people would start adapting that interface. Take Path interaction for the menu. More and more apps are doing the same with Path. Pablo Picasso once said “good artists borrow, great artists steal,” but does this mean copy-and-paste?
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” What does innovation mean? From the webster: “the introduction of something new, a new idea, method, or device.” Every new idea is just a modification of existing ideas. Let’s do something different, using Path interface as an inspiration. Let’s ask questions.
- On Path, users tap the menu to show options. What if they don’t tap? Slide? Drag?
- The menu icon stays. What if it moves?
- The options are in circle. What if they’re in different shape? Rectangle? Half circle?
Based on those simple questions, I’ve sketched a simple interaction on my small notebook.
I’ve created a prototype using Axure. You can use your desktop browser to try the prototype, but I’d suggest you to open this prototype on your phone, so you can try the drag-and-release interaction:
The animation might not be perfect, but it’s good enough to show the idea. Is this better than Path interface? Maybe not. The key to get good ideas, is to get a lot of ideas. You’ll never know which idea might lead you to a great idea, the idea that would make you a leader. Don’t just copy-and-paste. Be a leader.
Note: If you want to know how it’s being done, you can join the discussion and download the .rp file (Axure) from this Axure Forum discussion thread: Creating a Path-like Menu in a New Way.