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

Gary C Martin gary at garycmartin.com
Wed Nov 11 16:39:43 EST 2009

Hi Walter,

On 11 Nov 2009, at 17:42, Walter Bender wrote:

> 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.

Yes, fab, that's much clearer, even for a static view.

Here's a quick mockup at keeping the large buddy icon central so it  
matches the usual zoom presentation of your buddy icon:

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> -walter
> 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
> http://www.sugarlabs.org

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