[Clipart] [Bug 3974] Interface improvements
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Tue Aug 16 14:38:57 PDT 2005
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------- Additional Comments From benji at bensuz.com 2005-08-16 14:38 -------
> 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.
Yeah, I wasn't happy with the look.
> 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?
> Oh, and if these buttons end up against a white background, they will want
> a black outline, rather than a white outline. That's an easy change, and
> no big deal, and the black looks fine around the yellow-orange.
Yes, easy change, I was just going to the logo look.
> I'm not 100% sure whether I prefer Jonathan's blue-gradient button, or
> these yellow-orange ones. I tend to like blue better as a color, but
> that is a personal thing. The yellow-orange is probably more eye-catching.
> Then again, the blue probably integrate's better into the look of the site.
> OTOH, the yellow and orange are from the logo, and we'd talked about using
> those colors more on the site. (Perhaps to go along with those buttons we
> should be using more red for boundary lines and things, yellow for the
> sidebar background instead of baby blue, and so on? I guess we can leave
> most of those questions for the stylesheet to answer later.) On the
> gripping hnd, the orange arrow on the download button stands out really
> well against the blue gradient background and really brings out the idea
> of download; whereas, with the yellow-orange gradient background, the focus
> tends to be on the button background or the whole button, rather than the
> arrow element. Hmmm... I think I want another opinion or two.
It might work to tone down the gradient (which should be red to yellow btw, with
a bit of orange in the middle) but what I really noticed when looking at the
mocks is that the brightly colored buttons really jumped out where as jonathans
really blended well with the rest of the site. My problem is that they blended
almost to well. I know that yellow goes really well against a blue background.
Maybe the button overall should be blue and the text colored. It is a graphic
after all and I'm hoping to have it stand out more.
> 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...
My first thought was a magnifying glass but then that = search. Maybe it's just
me but a folder has never comunicated browse to me, unless you are computer
literate. If we are hoping to move away from the heavy technical look of the
site then I think that we should try something a bit more accessable to those
not so computer literate. So I agree that the books are not a perfect match,
lets brainstom and see what does comunicate browsing. My first thought is eyes
or eyeballs maybe looking at some objects. Not sure how that looks exactly but
it might convey the concept better.
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