I've just pulled together the design for a calendar 'page' on an extranet
I'm working on. It is designed to show forthcoming and historical events but
also needs to show competitions.
Take a look at the page as it
Now, competitions can have a start and closing date. I had anticipated just
showing the competition end date in the 'results' panel on the right but
perhaps the start and end date should be shown.
Any general critiques of the IA/IxD much appreciated.
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I think that "Competitions starting" and "Competitions ending" are both valid calendar events, though which is the more important date depends on the type of competition (e.g. for a 3 day cross-country rally, the start date is the most important (i.e. if I miss the start then I might as well not bother); for a crossword competition the end date is the most important (i.e. if I miss the end then I might as well not bother)).
On the general design, I'd be concerned that users would expect to restrict by date and then by category (or vice versa), whereas your design and notes seem to suggest that it's one or the other.
1 - I think you should add the range on the right for competitions.
I'm thinking about the case when it is showing up because the end
date hasn't passed, but I'm actually too early and it hasn't
started yet either. There needs to be some visual cue that I can't
enter the competition and I need to know when I could.
I think changing the text that is the link to: This competition
hasn't started. Learn More > or the like would do that and then if
the dates were listed in a range I would be able to figure out when
it would start, without clicking through.
2 - I think the bigger issue might be how competitions and dates are
displayed on the left hand calendar. I think it would be better if
competitions were shown as blocks of days with the same colour. Of
course this could get rather rainbow if there are a bunch of
competitions in a month, so perhaps just switching between two colors
Don't know if you are going to be producing this as well, but the
YUI calendar component could make things a bit easier:
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If I am reading your design correctly, the calendar on the left and the
categories below it control the list on the right. If that is the case, I
think that a user's comprehension would be improved if the design could
visually show that relationship. Right now they look like three independent