[Sugar-devel] seeking feedback on sketch of a new color selector

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Wed Nov 11 12:42:31 EST 2009

I just posted another version (no undo) and I think more clarity as to
what is going on... You can click the < > buttons or the small XOs.


On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 12:31 PM, Gary C Martin <gary at garycmartin.com> wrote:
> Hi Walter,
> On 11 Nov 2009, at 15:48, Walter Bender wrote:
>> I made a patch to the color selector on the About Me panel to make it
>> a little easier to navigate the color selections. Please see my screen
>> cast at http://dailymotion.virgilio.it/video/xb42um_color-selector_tech.
> I needed to watch through a number of times before I could work out the
> logic for the colours of the two smaller buddy icons. First couple of times
> through I thought one was a swapped fill/stroke, and the other was a 'light'
> version, then third time through I decided they must all just be random,
> finally I twigged that it was a scrolling history moving from right to left
> (small <-- big <-- small).
> Quick thoughts:
> - What you have now would be visually understandable after a single click if
> you added a brief transition animation so that the icons scroll left/right
> and resize (like a carousel).
> - Not convinced you need the undo icon if you can add the transition
> animation, it feels slightly odd at the moment that the undo is right next
> to the yet too be seen new colour combination (perhaps it could go above or
> below the centre icon if it really needs to stay in the design).
> - The alternative is to have N small buddy icons around the central large
> icon, where the small icons are a close variation of the central large icon
> colours. Clicking the centre icon picks a completely new random base set of
> colours; clicking any small icon moves it to the centre large position, and
> generates a new set of small variants. The colour variants could just be +/-
> small random steps from the main base colours, or have some spacial meaning
> (left/right could be +/- fill colour, up/down could be +/- stroke colour).
> Regards,
> --Gary

Walter Bender
Sugar Labs

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