[Sugar-devel] [IAEP] Design for a.sl.o and sugarlabs

Eben Eliason eben.eliason at gmail.com
Wed Mar 4 10:03:37 EST 2009

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.  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".

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

- 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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