Brb is a web application that provides a quick solution to notifying others where you are when you leave your workspace. This is accomplished through the display of a full screen notice comprised of an aesthetically pleasing motion graphic and a single line of editable text. These notices are labeled as tags, and can be quickly accessed through a keyword preceded by a slash at the end of brb's url (i.e. brb.me/coffee) or from a selection of popular tags on the websites main screen. These tags are meant to be purposefully general ranging from “lunch” and “phone call” to a default “be right back”. While primarily imagined for an open workplace environment, brb has further uses in school or casual public places.
How I let co-workers know I'm caffeinating.
My initial focus was to make this tool quick, because I knew in a normal use case, the user would already be in the process of leaving their workspace. Shortcuts through simple URL tags achieved this, bypassing a selection menu and jumping right to the end point. Realizing the small size and specific function of the project, I thought “why not make this fun?” Bold fonts, thick lines, and bright colors balanced with ample whitespace gave brb a lightweight fun feel. In future releases, I plan to make more dynamic playful animations for transitioning between menus and notice screens, and creating bespoke motion graphics.
I see you Betsy.
(2/3/17) With the help of Brendan, a talented developer here at RIT, development of brb V2 has started! The second release of this web-app will be running under node.js. Along with the default tags, users will be able to create their own with a little help from a pasted GIPHY link. Furthermore, users will a BRB account will be able to not only create but save their custom tags. Updates to come.