It's 1:31PM. I got a bit of design time in today, just trying to get this home page into a kind of state where I can move on to the next thing. The continual challenge with this home page is just finding a way to present FL in a visually compelling way. I don't like the way the screen recordings feel right now. This home page is a definite improvement from what we had but it's still far off from where I think things need to go.
One of the interesting things about working with @marvindraws on the visuals was that his work allowed us to stay in a more 'conceptual space' as we talked about the project and I think that's important because of how much Futureland changes and evolves each day. In a project that updates this quickly, it becomes challenging to make video assets that are supposed to 'last' at all. It's a bit surreal. I'll make a video on a Tuesday and by Wednesday it is out of date (lol).
So we have to figure out a broad and open way to visually show Futureland. I really like the progress we've made on describing it in its current state. 'Tools to help you repeat things and store process'. I find myself saying 'store process' more often in my day to day life now. Those words seem to accurately capture the gap I felt while trying to express my experiments through other tools. It's interesting how much of 'design' is thinking about stuff like this. Finding the right words. Describing something in a way that makes sense for its intended purpose.
I also think that this is why audio seems to be so well suited for this project. In audio, you can keep things in a conceptual space. Speaking on values and philosophy. Those elements are much more lasting. Futureland continues to rapidly change and transform, but our values and philosophies do not.
I'm just packaging up this simplified version of the homepage for @lucas and I'll chat with him about it tonight. I'm going to move on to finishing the Examples page now.