Beautiful interface: Newshutch 14 Jul 2006
49 comments Latest by rickdog
Last night I stumbled onto Newshutch, a web-based RSS aggregator. I was so impressed by its clarity, execution, and style that I still feel the glow today.
The interface comes in three clear blocks. A block for reading and managing feeds, a block for adding feeds, and the feed viewer. Blocks in an interface are like islands. People looking at the interface fly from island to island with their eyes and minds. Fewer blocks means less travel and overhead. Visitors can quickly survey the area and start having fun.
Interface designers sometimes focus too much on data display to the detriment of data input. People often need to type something on the tip of their memory, like a name or phone number from five minutes ago. Or in the case of Newshutch, paste a feed URL hovering in the clipboard — an invisible and uncertain place. Newshutch does well by inviting you to add feeds at anytime on the main screen.
The last thing Newshutch nailed is flow. Watch this Quicktime video to see how feeds smoothly fade in and out. Nice work!