Today we have a guest blog from Noy Wanderski, the User experience designers for the Address book (Contacts).
The Hannover Address Book/Contacts experience will be quite a change from previous versions of the Notes Address Book.
One of the major changes is to the contact forms. Both contact forms and group forms have been updated with a new visual design. For example, there’s now a header area for the contact name and picture.
One of the big changes is read mode versus edit mode for the forms. Read mode will show only the information that you’ve entered for a contact. This means there will be no more blank fields of information when you’re looking at a contact record.
Figure: Contact form in Read Mode
Figure: Contact form in Edit mode:
Figure: Group form in read mode:
Figure: Group form in Edit Mode
Another big improvement is the option to enter several e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and mailing addresses per contact. Users will be able to enter up to five e-mail addresses, ten phone numbers, and three mailing addresses. The label for each of these fields is also quickly editable and customizable.
Since users have the option to enter so many fields of information per contact, we’re also providing the ability to set a "primary" e-mail address and phone number for each contact. The primary e-mail and phone number appear in the header area of the read mode form. The primary e-mail address will also be the default address for that contact when you’re addressing mail.
I’m currently investigating methods of displaying the primary fields within the form and I’m interested in hearing which style you think is the most usable.
I posted some images below of both read and edit modes of each of the forms as well as a couple of images with different primary indicators.Please keep in mind the icons aren't final. Which of the threemethods of displaying the "primary" fields below do you prefer?
Figure: Primary Bold Color
Figure: Primary Bold Stars
Figure: Primary Stars