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

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Thu Nov 12 03:32:54 EST 2009

Thanks for all the feedback.

I'll post some more videos of the different layout ideas (not sure how
to stack the buttons, but I am sure 30 seconds of Tomeu time will
resolve that one).

On a related note, I've also updated the initial dialog which
presumably should use the same layout as we settle on for the control
panel. Carlo suggested we offer a language/keyboard setting option to
make available in SoaS images. I'd like to find a way to do this that
makes in unobtrusive. I was thinking of just added a button at the
bottom of the first screen that prompts for Name.


On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 5:03 PM, Eben Eliason <eben.eliason at gmail.com> wrote:
> Very nice! The ability to go backward is a huge improvement.
> I have a few thoughts on the layout. I'd suggest putting the arrows on
> the outside, with the smaller (presumably "cell size") XOs just to the
> left and right of the large one. I'd also suggest making the arrow
> buttons smaller, so they don't overpower the interface (right now they
> actually appear larger than cell size; I think even showing them at
> the size they appear in the Journal, or in menus, might suffice).
> I'm glad to see that clicking the arrows or the small XOs works!
> Eben
> On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 4:39 PM, Gary C Martin <gary at garycmartin.com> wrote:
>> 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:
>> Regards,
>> --Gary
>>> -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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Walter Bender
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