Summary

Despite the criticisms in this case study, Ofoto stands as one of the Web’s most thoughtfully designed and well-implemented online services. There are obviously problems, but many are the natural outgrowth of providing this type of functionality in a Web application. In terms of lessons learned and ideas worth borrowing, the following represents the highlights:

  • Importance of the conceptual model. The type of functionality offered by Ofoto presents an almost unsolvable problem for the conceptual model. Although the photo album model is practical for a Web application, it results in a number of unfortunate consequences in other layers of the interface. From a pure interface perspective, the conceptual model of a storage system for negatives ...

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