[Clipart] [Bug 3974] Interface improvements
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------- Additional Comments From jonadab at bright.net 2005-08-06 09:55 -------
> In my mind, the four most important things we want visitors to
> gain from the site:
> * Understand what the project is about and just how much clipart there is
> * Search/browse for clip art
> * Upload their own clip art
> * Feel welcome to get more deeply involved
I think I would reverse the order of those first two, but apart from that,
I think this line of thinking is heading in the right direction.
> Submit Screenshot - I'm tempted to suggest just hanging this off
> of the submit clipart page instead of in the main nav bar. It's a
> useful tool but the casual submissions we've gotten to date have been
> less than useful. It needs less visibility IMHO.
I agree with the rationale here, but I'm not convinced the submit clipart
page is the right place to put the link. Perhaps a link from the View
Screenshots page, instead?
> * Roadmap probably isn't worth having as a top level link.
> * Wiki should probably go under Information instead of under Developer.
With those changes, the developer section would be left with one link.
Seems like a wasted section heading for that. Perhaps it should be
consolidated with another section. Where else could we put the tools?
Do the tools even need a front-page link? Would the link from the
downloads page be enough?
> Do we actually *need* the incoming list? I'd just as happily do
> away with it altogether, but I dunno -- what do others think?
The incoming list is useful, but I don't think we need to fill up
the sidebar on every page with fifteen links, when this information,
and more, is already available on the incoming submissions page.
I think just a link to that page might be enough.
> Getting rid of the top nav bar -- that's exactly what I did in my
> mockup. However, I disagree with just putting them into the top of
> the sidebar. I don't think they are prominent enough even there, and
> think it is very very important to put emphasis on the download/browse
That is why in my mockup I also put links to them in the main text
area of the front page, but perhaps something more visual, as Bryce
suggests, is in order in that regard.
> I disagree with you putting the affiliates in the footer --
> again this is clutter, and is also not a very prominent position.
I think I agree with you, but I left them there in my mockup mainly
because I wasn't sure exactly what else to do. Perhaps a link somewhere
(where?) to a separate page of affiliate projects, which could have a full
description of each and so forth.
> Also, can I request that we not think about visuals in this bug. My
> mockup would have been a wireframe if there was not already a site design.
If you mean colors and fonts and so forth, I agree. I made the mockup look
plausible, rather than a wireframe, mainly so that people wouldn't go, "Eww,
that's ugly" and overlook the way the information is layed out, which was
the point. My mockup was not intended to provide accuracy on the pixel
level, just a general idea of how things could be set out. If someone
doesn't like some little thing, such as the way I bulleted each section
of the sidebar, don't sweat that; whoever actually implements the revised
site will probably change such minor things anyway; the big key point here
is what information should be in the header, the footer, the sidebar, and
the main page area, and how it should be arranged. Sub-div presentational
details are neither here nor there at this point.
I will revise my mockup.
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