UI mock-up - Account Setup

Matt Harris unicorn.consulting at gmail.com
Thu May 2 01:18:58 UTC 2019

Just my 2cents worth.

Account setup is not necessarily what folks want to do on first startup 
and we should be acknowledging that;

  * Lots are migrating from a previous device and want their old mail
    and address book.  Some are savy enough to want to import their
    whole profile. (not that I have much hope for that in the future). 
    So migration must be an option.
  * Some folk are simply "trying out a new profile" for diagnostic reasons.

For these reasons I think we should be making that first run far more 
broad, offering to import their old profile, offering to defer mail 
download on account creation until the user get to customise server 
retention and junk management.  We should also be offering far more 
informative diagnostics.

One of the high incidence causes of new account setup failure is bad 
firewalls blocking Thunderbird. I feel we can do significantly more to 
identify these fairly common situations and provide useful feedback to 
the user.  They appear in support with account setup fails, can't find 
settings.  Failure to connect to the ISPD to try and get setting should 
be a red flag event, but it is not. Failure to connect to 
Thunderbird.net to load the welcome page on first run should be 
another.  We start crippled and things go down hill after that.  We need 
to somehow suggest when "network" issues are the problem rather than 
"settings" issues.  "are you sure the user name and password are 
correct"  does not help anyone much.

This process should perhaps also include something of a tutorial 
offering some of the most popular add-ons.  Things like the import 
export tools (it is sad an add-ons with that name is the second most 
popular) manually sort folders and quicktext to name but a few.  We sell 
Thunderbird as customisabile,  but we do precious little to introduce 
the new users to add-ons and themes to support that,  instead we talk 
about few users ever changing the defaults.  This flow should include 
the install of lightning.  I see plenty of screen shots in support where 
the install lightning banner is just a part of the screen furniture.  
The user never having selected yes or no.

What we really need is a first run setup wizard that can be used after 
install to get the user into options, add-ons and account settings 
without having to navigate our god awful app menu with it's hidden 
"click the >" action, (or hover) that does different things to clicking 
the words.  I see a lot of discussion about how important having "native 
menus etc is.  Then you go to support and check the apple users and 
their issues locating the options menu are legend.  We need to role our 
own way to get users into settings without using native anything.  We 
had it right with the V3 migration wizard,  then dropped the ball really.

I like the changes,  but it needs more "actions" other than setup an 
account, either that or a big exit button, which should probably be 
included anyway.  No one likes to feel trapped in a screen flow. 
Especially if they work out it is not going where they want to go.


On 30-Apr-19 5:33 AM, Alessandro Castellani wrote:
> Hello folks,
> Let's kickoff the conversation regarding the email client itself.
> We all know that TB needs love and polish in terms of UI and UX, and a 
> fresh coat of paint to make it feel as modern and stable as it 
> actually is.
> I'd like to start a bit of design work to tackle specific sections of 
> the application, proposing a new UI to standardize the look and feel 
> across platforms, without loosing the native feel we all care about.
> This design work will also help us to identify paint points and road 
> blocks, giving us the chance to solve usability problems and improving 
> the overall user experience of the client.
> I think we should start with what a new user sees when opening 
> Thunderbird for the first time. The Account Setup Dialog.
> Here's a series of mock-ups to modernize the first on-boarding experience:
> https://presentator.ura.design/en/XP9IsbuQ?v=0&s=1&m=preview
> Using our brand identity colors, native photon icons, and styling a 
> bit more the input fields, we can increase readability and improve the 
> overall experience for a first time user.
> Keep in mind, this is a macos only mock-up, used as a first step to 
> identify a possible direction, pros and cons.
> Once we know what we want and we're all on board with the approach, 
> screenshots and examples for Windows and Linux will be created.
> The first screen has 2 variations which can help us visualize in which 
> direction we want to push TB. Should we keep presenting TB as an email 
> client first, with extra features, or should we start transitioning 
> towards a broader concept of a communication hub, by highlighting the 
> other account types you can create and use with TB?
> I also created a dark variation based on macos, because I think it's 
> time to have the light and dark mode seamlessly working out of the box 
> and respecting the user's OS settings.
> Let's do this! 🤘
> -- 
> *Alessandro Castellani*
> Lead UX Architect
> Thunderbird
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