I understand that some want to do complex tasks. But really how complex a task can you, or should you be doing while driving along supposedly watching the road?
Really when I say simple, I mean simple to use. I would still like all the functionality that is available, but just not shown all at the same time.
As a suggestion. On the music player screen have the basic controls FF, RR, Next, Previous, Play/pause Volume and a list of albums on one side and a list of the songs that are in the album that is selected on the other. Then you could have a button for advanced. In a pop up menu you might have Playlists, search song/album, EQ visulaisations etc. These features don't have to be omitted, just not visable all the time cluttering up the screen.
I still want a menu screen that has CD, DVD, MP3, VIDEO, GPS, RADIO and APPLICATIONS and maybe PHONE, haven't explored that side of things yet!
Its just the way I want things implemented. In a way that it is really quick and simple to use.
By haveing a touchscreen you have taken away any tactile feeling buttons. So I can't just lean over and "feel" for the next track button etc. So I want to be able to see it at a quick glance, and then be able to hit it accurately with my finger, without fear of pressing the wrong one.
I feel while many of the skins out there are an absolute work of art, most are not easy or intuitive enough for me to use while driving.
The idea of paying someone to make a skin has definantely crossed my mind. But I a little worried that something great, like digitaldash2 or streetdeck will be released soon and be much better.
Having said that, may I ask the details of your custom arrangement? please PM me if you dont' feel it is appropriate to discuss them publicly.