TL;DR: More options for organizing videos on profiles, and where to put said options. Change the layout for menus on videos to a more simple and easy wheel design that allows for more room to add features without adding more clutter to the small screens. Look at photos below.
Real Estate is everything. The hardest part of when it comes to Bytes minimalistic design is that adding features takes up space on a small screen. How can we add more without it feeling like to much?
So not only am I going to make recommendations, but I also went out of my way to make photo examples.
First things first, I think Byte needs a “Popular” tab so viewers are able to shuffle a profile’s videos so that they can see large videos with ease, what may be a creators most notable work. I think that could greatly help with first impressions! And if Byte wants to really go out of their way, I think it would be cool if we could make a playlist of our own personal favorite videos. Be that our own, and maybe by other people too. This could be a great way to show off collaboration videos, and/or what you see as your own personal best. Use it how you need it. I could see starting out with only being able to make one playlist for now. If such a program seems to be popular, maybe allow people to make more than just one and have them be able to organized them like on the search screen with little titled boxes.
I think a great place to put such options, is right below our description on our profile.
I think a wheel option screen would be ideal (or pizza as I like to think of it, as you ‘byte’ an option). My reasons are simple. You can add to the wheel in a very easy manner and it opens up to more options to give people without hiding menus in menus, and it’s so simple. You can clean off the video screen more, just a heart button and the wheel, and you could even add a follow feature right from the videos themselves. Even more, once the wheel is open, you can either hit the button, or make a line with your finger in that direction on the screen and it will open too.
I like the idea of having the comment section, rebyte section, report/block, and follow option all so close. If we ever get a guild option, add a part on the wheel. I can’t imagine it will ever get too full, but there is clearly a limit to this too. That said, I think it would not only be way better but I think it calls back to the simple functionality of Byte while allowing more ease of use and flexibility to add more complexity to the app.
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