Firefox 57 is going to look and feel very different. The New Firefox Quantum, feels faster and actually loads faster too.
To reflect all of the amazing changes that were subtly happening behind-the-scenes, we wanted to update the user facing side of Firefox too. So, the Firefox UX team started work on the Photon Project.
For the mobile side of things, Bryan, Carol, and myself defined our own scope within the Photon Project. Our goal was to unify the Firefoxes across all of the systems and devices that we supported. We weren’t trying to be identical, we just wanted to…
We launched Focus as a free content blocker for Safari on iOS back in December 2015. The idea was to bring control back into users’ hands. We wanted to let them dictate how they wanted to spend their browsing data, even if they weren’t using Firefox.
About a year later, we wanted to give the product an update. We wanted to experiment more on Mobile. But how?
What if we could give mobile users an app that only allowed private browsing?
What would “success” or “failure” look like?
How were we going to do any of this?
Eventually, we released…
Update on June 21st, 2017: We are no longer actively working on Prox. There are no plans for a post-beta release.
At our recent Mozilla All Hands in Kona, HI, we announced the first project by the New Mobile Experience Team— Project Prox.
This is our first experiment in the Context Graph space. It’s a peek into everything we talked about earlier in the year and what that experience might look like for our users.
Right now, Project Prox is taking shape as a mobile-first application on iOS. Starting with your location, we look for interesting places and events near…
What we’ve been up to so far
Our new Context Graph effort is steering us into some new and uncharted territory. But I can’t help but feel a sense of adventure because this opens up so many opportunities for new products and experiences — exciting times!
I spent the early part of my career working with a bunch of startups. “Move Fast and Break Things” was often the motto. Sometimes it was the right approach. Hammer away, and don’t be afraid to pivot later on. But stopping to question what or why we’re hammering is becoming more and more important.
“So… what’s it for?”
Saving content on the web is pretty easy nowadays. You can Bookmark it, email it to yourself, or save it to Pocket. But no matter what you choose, your intentions are similar.
In Firefox 38, we added a menu item that lets users save any webpage directly to their Reading List. If you see an article that you like, add it to your Reading List. We’ll even mark it as “unread” for you. That’s what the Reading List is for.
We believe that saving content needs to be straightforward and simple.
But, what about Bookmarks?
And just like that, another year.
A year goes by pretty quickly. Before long, I’ll be sitting here again feeling like 24 hours isn’t enough. So it’s always good to have a vision for where you want to go next.
The details matter, and so do the larger things. It’s all equally important. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in it all. So I think this is a good opportunity to step back, recognize the work we’ve done, and what we’ve achieved — as a team.
Disclaimer: things change, all mock ups here are probably not final.
Why we’re giving it an update in Firefox for Android
When we were redesigning our tablet interface back in 2014, we learned a couple things (read part 1 here and part 2 here). Since then, things have changed and there’s been new findings. We’ve seen the latest smartphones continue to get bigger, Luke Wroblewski shared some data about usage by orientation, and our competitors have continued to improve their offerings too.
Given the high visibility nature of this part of our product, it felt important to be more…
Instantly search with any of your search providers
User choice has always been big for us on the Firefox team. It’s consistent with our mission, and who we are as a company. In our features, it also enables our users to take advantage of the open web.
As for our search experience, we offer customizability and personalization as a way to further that value.
But taking full advantage of this feature has always been a bit difficult. Especially after logging some browsing history, locating your non-default search providers requires some digging. …
Being there, without being annoying
Do you remember Clippy? Yup, that on-screen Microsoft Office assistant that would always ask you if you wanted assistance.
In many ways, it made sense. Through the context of an action you just took, Clippy shows up on screen, and offers other related actions. But where did it all go? Why isn’t Clippy everywhere?
As a designer, I try to stay close to the mindset of my users. It helps me get a better sense of how my designs appear and function in their eyes. …
You may remember this from such share intents as “Add to Firefox”
Perhaps an awkward concept to consider at first, but I think it’s definitely worth it. It’s important to give users a meaningful way to continue their Firefox experience, even if they’re not in Firefox.
(Doesn’t that sound familiar?)
Here’s a breakdown of this feature.
So, we made our share intent better and created this “Add to Firefox” feature. Simply put, it allows you to add/share almost anything to your Firefox. From that point onwards, you have the ability to do just a bit more, if you so fancy.
Previously Firefox UX