I bootstrapped this project with a technical co-founder to address our own challenges as creative professionals, with the mission of creating a tool to quickly share creative work in a fast, customizable, and beautiful interface.
Project Management, UX & UI Design, Front-end Development
While I loved the simplicity and system integration of Dropbox, we wanted a tool that offered the user more control over the presentation and display of their work, while maintaining the simplicity of Dropbox. So we elected to use Dropbox's robust API and native application to function as the foundation of our application which would automatically generate pages based on one's Dropbox files and folders.
The homescreen breaks down the application’s general process into three simple steps: Connect, Sync, and Share.
After connecting your Dropbox, you can choose a name / URL for your public site, and one window tells you all you need to know about creating “views”: just drag and drop.
An Example view is copied to your Dropbox that demonstrates the types of media and the layout that can be utilized.
Additionally, other key concepts are introduced: a user’s “profile” page, as well as a switch to toggle views public (on the profile page) or hidden (not displayed on the profile page.
Once you have added files and folders into the Views folder, the dashboard automatically displays them, along with options to toggle the privacy setting, add “cover art,” and adjust the order.
At the chosen URL, each user has a page which shows the views he has chosen to make public.
The following screens show the variety of pages that would automatically appear for different types of files: documents, images, videos, audio files, and groups thereof.
Being alumni of music streaming service 8tracks, my co-founder and I decided a great looking audio player UI was essential.
We paid homage to the long defunct but daring Muxtape with a big playlist layout.
Large previews are displayed in the standard viewing mode.
Full resolution images are displayed in the enlarged, full screen view.
Folders can be accessed via this paginated single page layout along with images and other media.
The principle layout of a view is a simple grid. Folders can be accessed via this paginated single page layout along with images and other media.
Views launched with brief fanfare in 2011 and underwent several iterations before a final sunset in 2015.
Over the course of its years in operation, thousands of users shared tens of thousands of files using Views.
Over the course of its years in operation, thousands of users shared tens of thousands of files using Views. The application was received favorably by Dropbox, but my collaborator and I chose to pursue other projects in the end.
In 2017, Dropbox launched Showcase as part of their paid plans, which does an excellent job seamlessly integrating solutions for all the potential uses of Dropbox that that Views addressed.