New application start screen
Over the course of the last two weeks it has become apparent that the Looking Glass start screen is in need of a major overhaul. What began as an investingation into how to begin inserting user information into the start screen – identifying the creators of the challenges displayed in the "featured" and "top" challenges section – quickly shifted toward a reimagining of what the start screen could be. Rather than shoe-horn community driven content into the current design, we have begun the process of developing a fun and simple interface for exploring new and existing worlds. the goal of our design is to make navigation simple and straightforward; to appropriately guide novice users as they begin exploring the application and to allow returning users to peruse community content and easily access worlds they've worked on in the past. In addition to basic navigation, we want the start screen to reflect the excitement and activity of the community at large. But most of all, the start page must inspire the user – whether through badge and challenge suggestions or other mechanisms. We want our users to create, remix, and share to their heart's content, and we need an interface that can keep up. I'll be sure to keep everyone updated as the design continues to progress.