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

Eben Eliason eben.eliason at gmail.com
Wed Mar 4 11:05:46 EST 2009

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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