Just as a house built on prime real estate needs to be remodeled once in a while to make improvements and keep up with the visual aesthetics of the time, so do software applications. At Foliotek, we take pride in working with educators to build and promote project based learning, and have been doing so for almost 15 years. During that time, Foliotek’s products have gone through two major visual (skin) changes, the latest of which has lasted for over seven years. This is quite an accomplishment considering most web based applications are visually re-made every two years.
As we reflect on the foundational structure used to build Foliotek’s last skin, it is clear that focusing on visual simplicity, clean lines, and whitespace allowed Foliotek to thrive in an otherwise changing environment. Recognizing that success, we began planning for the next re-skinning of the application. We wanted to maintain those previous, successful elements while laying the foundation for implementing new technological enhancements that have come to the market over the past few years.
The overall objective for a new skin on Foliotek was to adhere to clean, simple design principles and not drastically alter any current system functionality. This re-skin project will give moderate improvement to the current visual state of Foliotek. Although, more importantly, it will lay the technological groundwork for future functional changes that could dramatically improve how users interact with the application. We have already analyzed user interaction with Foliotek in a variety of ways and have learned about certain processes that could benefit from a retooling. However, before we can begin to make larger alterations to application functionality, we need to build a new visual infrastructure that could better accommodate these improvements. This meant the re-skinning of every page of the application. Hence, Foliotek’s new foundation.
Below are some images of what the new skin will look like. Take the time to thumb through them and give us your feedback.