[Clipart] [Bug 3974] Interface improvements
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------- Additional Comments From turnip at turnipspatch.com 2005-08-16 11:09 -------
(In reply to comment #35)
> > Here is my attempt at some buttons. I took inspiration from Jonathan and
> > from the ocal logo. I also used clipart from the library by AJ Ashton. Not
> > sure about the font colors though, any ideas?
> I think the words need to have good contrast against the background, to be
> easy to read at a quick glance, and the ones colored with the yellow-orange
> gradient, against a background of yellow-orange gradient, are definitely
> lacking in that regard.
I agree here. I also feel that -- especially from looking at the buttons in
Jonadab's mockup -- they are a little TOO bold and bright and don't really sit
well with the rest of the page as a whole. Also, if the gradient was a little
less strong it would probably make achieving contrast a lot easier.
> I'm less sure about the white. I think it is okay against the orange but
> falls a little short against the yellow. I tried each of the two colors
> of blue from the site, with either white or black outlines, and I was not
> satisfied with that either. Then I tried black text outlined in white,
> and I think that may provide the best contrast against the yellow-orange
> gradient background. At the bottom, against the yellow, the black shows
> up really well, and at the top, against the orange, the white outline
> helps it to show up better than it might otherwise. What do you think?
The issue would probably be solved if there was a less extreme background
> I tend to like blue better as a color, but
> that is a personal thing.
Well, perhaps. Blue is quite a "comfortable" colour and it appears to both
sexes. In contrast yellow/orange conveys "warning" or "danger" generally. I'm
not saying it's bad to use them, but in moderation definitely. I think the
yellow/orange background is just a bit too overwhelming, and besides, blue is
already used a lot on the site (as you said).
> The other question I have is about the books; they don't communicate the
> concept of browse to me. Maybe I'm just thick? Granted, "Browse" can be
> an abstract and somewhat difficult concept to portray...
I agree. If I were to do it I'd probably use a magnifying glass. But it's a hard
one to portray... magnifying glass also communicates "search". There's certainly
no hard in investigating different elements and seeing how they look. Actually,
I quite liked the folder icon you put in next to my download button. I think
that worked especially well as it is a similar colour to the "download" arrow,
so the two sit well together.
> Oh, another point from back the other day...
> > We don't need buttons for affiliates -- it's important to keep their
> > own branding. At most they will need resizing or something.
> It is certainly [..] overall shape (and size) as our browse
> and download buttons.
Yeah yeah, you're right of course ;). Don't take me too literally ;). My point
was really that they are not items where the design needs to be discussed -- the
affiliate's logo just need to be integrated with our other buttons.
> > forms confuse people (that's Normal People who don't use Linux and write C++).
> Hey, I don't write C++, does that make me normal? ;-)
Naaah, you're just a wannabe ; ) I don't write C++ either. One day...
> > Anyway, I got in contact with Neil Stuber, who told me the font he used
> > was Arial Black 41.5pt.
> Aha! I hadn't recognized it before, I think because it had been resized
> to a different scale horizontally than vertically, making it look less
> fat, but apart from that this does appear to be the right font.
Yeah, I had to compress it horizontally -- I tried to fit the l in "Download" to
the l in "Clip" in order to get the right size. I guess the o in "Download" can
then be matched to the o in "Browse" if the need arises.
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