These are rough designs created to help express a 3D style progress bar for a client's website. The website is somewhat similar to Kiva or Kickstarter and these progress bars help users understand, at a glance, how the project is performing. These won't be used on the final site because they're too complex to quickly convey a project's status but I think they are interesting nonetheless.
The top bar shows a popular project. We want to highlight projects that reach a certain level of popularity based on a variety of factors (donations, views, shares, etc). In this example, we are showing each of these with a line on top of the progress bar and as activity increases the lines begin to clump and create hot spots.
The bottom bar shows a project that has completed its funding but can still collect additional donations. Instead of just showing a completed green bar as others have, I wanted to express the additional progress beyond the 100% point. The solution was to use the top area of the bar to further track each additional 100% mark—and restart at the beginning at 100%, 200%, 300%, and so on.
As I mentioned above, these are rough mockups and will not be used on the project, but I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences with more complex and informative progress bars.
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