[IAEP] Design for a.sl.o and sugarlabs

Christian Marc Schmidt christianmarc at gmail.com
Wed Mar 4 14:00:51 EST 2009

Hi Eben, these look great--very promising, and a nice way to envision
extending the visual language of the static web site to other Sugar
Labs microsites. I'll take a closer look at the layout and typographic
treatments tonight, more soon...


On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 11:05 AM, Eben Eliason <eben.eliason at gmail.com> wrote:
> Here are some sketches I have been playing with, for thought and
> critique.  Nothing's finished, but I was taking some cues from the
> static site and the comments I mentioned in my earlier post. (I'm sure
> Christian will still tear it apart. :-P )
> To your point Tomeu, I realize some of the layout might not be correct
> given the starting point, but I was working from scratch here based on
> what I thought would be an optimal experience (I have no proof of such
> optimality; opinions welcome).  We may have to reorganize as
> necessary; we'd have to see how flexible the templates and CSS are.
> - Eben
> On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 10:14 AM, Tomeu Vizoso <tomeu at sugarlabs.org> wrote:
>> On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 16:03, Eben Eliason <eben.eliason at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 5:27 AM, Tomeu Vizoso <tomeu at sugarlabs.org> wrote:
>>>> Hi Josh,
>>>> I'm wondering how we can move forward on this. I see two possibilities:
>>>> - keep insisting to the Design team to give feedback on your mockups
>>>> and reach an agreement with them after a number if iterations.
>>> Christian and I both gave some feedback on what must have been another
>>> thread.
>> Sorry, I must missed it.
>>> I think we should go through a few iterations if we could, to
>>> bring the wireframe of sorts into a fleshed out design consistent with
>>> the Sugar Labs web presence.  A few suggestions were: use an official
>>> Sugar Labs logo and colors; use a solid white background; scratch the
>>> gradients (which aren't part of our visual language); likewise no
>>> bevels; and perhaps a design for the content areas that doesn't feel
>>> quite as "enclosed".
>> All those sounds as good suggestions to me.
>>> We should also discuss a bit the ways we want the site to work.  I
>>> know that Josh has been designing to an XO-sized display, but there
>>> are of course ways to make the page scalable as well, which we might
>>> consider.  Also, we should talk about the way we want to expose the
>>> activities.  One approach is shown in the mockup—a single featured
>>> activity—but I would actually lean toward something that looks a lot
>>> like the activities page on the static portion of the site, with an
>>> array of activities with icons and brief one-line descriptions in a
>>> grid, so that it's easy to jump into any of a number of recently added
>>> activities right from the home page.
>>> I actually think the static activities page might be a good one to
>>> build out from in terms of a design, adding components such as search
>>> fields, category menus, etc.  I'd be happy to find some time to
>>> iterate on the proposed design add my thoughts into this design space
>>> over the next week or so.  Perhaps Christian will have insight as
>>> well.
>> Well, what if first we settle on a design that doesn't change much the
>> structure of the page from the mozilla one and then we talk again
>> later? Would be good to not need to do many changes to the upstream
>> code base or we'll have lots of work maintaining and rebasing.
>> Regards,
>> Tomeu
>>> - Eben
>>>> - implement your design in activities-devel.sugarlabs.org and ask the
>>>> community for opinions before applying those changes to production.
>>>> AFAIK, you will only need to modify two files in order to customize
>>>> the look of the site:
>>>> http://git.sugarlabs.org/projects/slo-addons/repos/mainline/blobs/devel/site/app/webroot/css/sugar.css
>>>> http://git.sugarlabs.org/projects/slo-addons/repos/mainline/blobs/devel/site/app/webroot/img/sprite.png
>>>> Regards,
>>>> Tomeu
>>>> On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 17:10, ,Josh williams <joshcwilliams at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> Hi, I'm working on the design of sugar labs add-ons with Mick Weiss.
>>>>> I've created a mock up at http://sugarlabs.org/go/AddonsPortal/Design
>>>>> but I've haven't been able to contact anyone on the design team as of
>>>>> yet. I would also like to volunteer some of my time for other projects.
>>>>> I'm primarily a front-end designer with XHTML/CSS JavaScript skills, but
>>>>> I also know some PHP/MySQL and have a background in Linux. I also enjoy
>>>>> creating icons, so if there are any activities developers that need
>>>>> icons please contact me. My portfolio is over at http://tucsonlabs.com .
>>>>> If you're a member of the design team or have some use for my skills,
>>>>> please let me know.
>>>>> Thanks
>>>>> Josh
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