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2007

Xoopit helps people find the valuable content in attachments and links typically buried in email. The Firefox plugin for Gmail provided users with quick access to this content from within the Gmail pane. The plugin featured a horizontal band of navigation that allowed users to quickly view and filter their attachments by Photos, Videos, and Files. In addition to enhancing internal search capability, the plugin was designed to surface content in a visual and emotionally evocative way.

Project Responsibilities

User interface design, promotional materials, strategy.

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An early permutation of the Gmail plugin. Horizontal navigation at the top of the main content pane allowed users to quickly filter their email content to display photo, video, and file attachments. Screenshot shows filtering on Photos in a grid display. The grid is also part of the plugin, implemented as a div superimposed over the traditional Gmail display.
Screenshot with the navigation explanded to show a navigable slideshow of images found in the user's email. The intention of the mini-slideshow was to create an emotional response with the user to their email content. Similar to having photos on a physical desk, the slideshow provided some visual interest to an otherwise drab inbox.
One proposed design for Gmail plugin removed the icons in favor of having only the user's content. This particular arrangement minimized the overall height of the plugin while maximizing the size of the photos in the slideshow. Xoopit logo was placed at left to maximize brand awareness.
Another alternate design removed the logo altogether in favor of text links. This reduced any visual competition with the mini-slideshow. The minimized navigation was most unobtrusive in this version.
Legacy after Angel's initial design work: this is a screenshot of final implementation of the Gmail plugin in 2009 before it was discontinued after Xoopit's purchase by Yahoo. The overall design is fairly true to the original design work, with minor adjustments.
Quick-share functionality allowed users to quickly share images and video in a light-weight manner. A single click opens a small dialogue box to email, blog, or post to facebook. This page shows a series of iterations exploring the pop-up and sending animation sequences.
Alternate iterations of quick-sharing from Photos.