Sessions is a tool that allows you to save and access different digital workspaces, which are collections of apps, files, and websites that are related to a single task.
This tool facilitates greater focus by reframing the way we use our computers to be more task-oriented, and less app-oriented.
I want an adaptable digital computer space that generates according to function/the purpose I have in mind for actions. Ex: when I code, I want the computer to know how to arrange my windows coherently (lol, finder, stackoverflow, sublime, terminal, etc)— Marisa Lu (@lumar_isa) December 24, 2018
In this project, I make a tool that allows you to save these digital spaces and access them later, greatly reducing the mental cost of switching tasks, and facilitating greater focus through cleaner workspaces.
For this project, I made a working prototype that fulfilled the main functions. This allowed me to understand the user experience and receive feedback from other people I beta tested with.
I decided to focus on the core functions: creating, saving, opening, and closing. Since these are familiar functions in authoring tools, I thought they would afford an intuitive user experience.
I decided to save the sessions as JSON files so they could be easily parsed and meaningful information could be extracted. Made possible through JSONHelper.
There are some things I couldn’t do quickly enough in my prototyping stage, so in my last step I refined and added some details that I would have liked to add using Sketch.
Throughout this project, I kept thinking that this could be expanded to an entire operating system. I felt restricted by the app-based paradigm that macOS currently exists in, but I wanted to ultimately make something functional that could potentially help many people now!