help me make a good skin (efficient)
Ok, so as I've been telling, I am willing to make a skin that is more usuability oriented than super graphically impressing, but very efficient, specially while driving and even in bright sunlight conditions. Some elements of design will of course be in consideration, e.g texture, weights of the objects on the screen etc.
So i've done some homework to start with, i've seen and tried most if not all the skins that we currently have on the forum and the other frontends interfaces. I have also been sketching when i've the chance at work including user interactions and navigation flowcharts
Here are what I am looking for in a skin or human interface and tell me what you think.
Efficiency is what we are after
User should always be able to access the basic functionality of a regular music player at all times. That might also include reading information from a modern cars with screens, such as a clock, temperature etc...
Some information and controls should remain visible/persistant on all screens, except when you hit fullscreen if neccessary from the particular screen you were. going into fullscreen usually shows more buttons or information, whichever is more suitable.
Buttons that are big enough for your finger while you are driving.
Readability, since the screen is glanced from about 1 meter away.
(those who have their touchscreen close to the gear box (MT) or arm rest are lucky. more hand movements than arm and shoulder movements.)
I would like to have more definitions before I start the graphical and skinning work.
e.g, most commonly used functions from a regular player (please note that you are driving and not in your home theatre)
Main Menu Buttons - The main menu, will be used less often, or when you want to access extra features and show off the features of your car pc
The Main Menu Buttons
Media - The Media Screen is infact the Main Menu so that one tap on the screen will take you where u want
|_ All Player functions including touch wheel and playlist indicators/scroll position if possible
|_ Playlist editor
Navigation - nomal and fullscreen mode
I'll finish this list very slowly