Interface Design

Predominant.ly Searching for Music.

I used to spend hours in record store sifting through stacks of new and used vinyl searching for something new and unique. Just like book stores, record stores were a place to discover old favorites and new gems. A place to find music that you could share with your friends and so much more. there was something about the experience that will never be captured by an online experience, no matter what your source is, be it iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, eMusic, etc.

Predominant.ly designed and built by Open Work wants to change that. They want to bring to the online world the spontaneity of stumbling across a new find or an old favorite while searching for music.  The concept is really pretty clever. Based on color choices Predominant.ly  serves up groups of albums where the covers match your color choices. The data is pulled from iTunes which makes the entire catalog available.  The experience definitely lends itself to the concept of exploration in the digital space.

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Labbler, Professional Social Networking for the Music Industry.

A friend of mine sent me a link to “Labbler” this morning raving about the clean easy to use UI design, and I have to admit it looks really nice. The thing is I don’t want to sign up to experience the whole Labbler site, so I’m not really sure how well it works.

According to the designers website, “Labbler is a music business community connecting Artists, Labels, Venues, Booking Agencies, Promoters and Fans. With Labbler you can create multiple pages for one account – e.g. pages of your Artists, Label and Booking agency. You can upload, search and share Artists, Music, Charts, Photos, Events, News and more. And there are many other features about to launch.”

Sounds good to me. If I were involved in the music business I’d sign up. The screen shots below give a pretty solid idea of how it works, and what the feature set is. From the look of the still images, this kind of feels like a mash up between LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Facebook, or what Myspace could have been if they had kept to their original band/music based roots.

The Mill. A 2 Million Node Interactive Touch Screen.

The Mill is one of those shops that raises the bar every time to new levels. They are one of the best design/production houses in the world, and when you see their work you understand why I am saying that.

Recently The Mill compiled the majority of their work and constructed an interactive touch screen wall to display it. What I love about the video below is this is a behind the scenes video. It shows you what went into making this, and the amount of work this kind of project requires.

All to often in this business, people think this stuff is easy to make, and changes are a simple click of the mouse. This video is a great little piece telling the story of how The Mill built the installation, and was able to think about, the interaction, the UI and the way content was delivered. The final piece provided a completely free-form way to explore The Mill’s content all housed in a 2 million node universe that responds fluidly to interactive touches.