[Clipart] PR for 0.16
Jonadab the Unsightly One
jonadab at bright.net
Mon Aug 1 08:01:49 PDT 2005
Christopher Ellison <chris_ellison at hotmail.com> writes:
> Has there been a discussion on design?
Some, but most of it was months ago, and the issue could stand to be
revisited, perhaps this fall.
> For instance, the "Incoming Clip Art" panel is nice...but it isn't
> something that I would consider essential (as in front page
> material) for a website aiming towards the general user---actually,
> I found it somewhat distracting/confusing. Overall, I am wondering:
> Where is the white space? It seems kinda busy.
I tend to agree, for the most part, with this assessment. We have a
sidebar on the left with two sections, the incoming sidebar on the
right, a banner and navbar across the top that includes one search
feature, and a multiline footer box at the bottom; these things occur
around just about every page, with a content area squeezed into the
Then in addition to all of that, the front page has in its content
area a basic blurb, a screenshot, a submit form, *another* search
feature, and a bunch of news items.
It's all very crowded.
In terms of simplifying, here are some of my thoughts...
* Unify the sidebars, creating one sidebar with several sections.
(The one on the left already has two sections; adding a third
section for incoming would not be a major change, and we could then
do away with the right sidebar.) I don't care which side the
sidebar goes on, but it should be on *one* side, not both. The
number of "recent images" should perhaps be reduced from 15 to
eight or ten, to make that section of sidebar similar in size to
the others, and to keep the sidebar from running too long.
* Roll the contents of the navbar across the top into the sidebar and
eliminate the navbar, leaving only the banner at the top.
* Move both search features into the sidebar, with a more clear
explanation of the difference, or else dump whichever one is less
useful and have just one search feature. This makes the search
available from every page and simplifies the layout of the main
* Remove the submit form from the main page; it's redundant, as
there's already a link in the sidebar, on every page, that points
to the main submit form.
* Submit Clip Art and Submit Screenshot should not have something
else in between them, so Join Discussion should be either before or
after both of them.
* Simplify the footer. Currently there are at least three lines, and
the middle one frequently runs over into two, depending on your
resolution and font sizes and things. The first line has the
little icon-button things, but the other lines have text. There
are two different links to the Creative Commons. First off, the
links should either all have the icon-buttons (all the same size
and shape), or else they should all be text, styled the same way.
Second, they should all be in one block-level element. Third,
there are entirely too many of them, given that this is a footer
that goes on just about every page on the site. Most of those are
affiliate projects, and they should be listed on one page, probably
an Affiliate Projects or Links page existing especially for that
purpose, with *one* link on every page pointing there. As an added
bonus, this would allow for a little blurb about each one,
explaining what it is and why we're affliated. Finally, the footer
contains validator.w3.org icons, but have we checked that the pages
that include the footer all validate?
For the new and rearranged sidebar, I'm thinking something like
* Statistics: over
4300 clips by over
* Browse Online
* Download Releases
* Search by Keyword:
* Submit Clip Art
* Submit Screenshot
* Join in Discussion
* Report a Problem
* Request Clipart
* Branding & Logo
* Questions & Answers
* Contact & Feedback
* View Screenshots
* Planet (weblog)
* There are 101 files
incoming, of which
97 are svg.
* View Submissions
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