[OpenFontLibrary] New design work

ricardo lafuente bollecs at sollec.org
Mon Jul 18 10:20:33 PDT 2011

Hi Robert!

Thanks a lot for your really useful feedback. Truth is, we are still 
brainstorming on the logo in order to find what works best; so the 
timing of your critique is, well, perfect!

We did mention that the version that's online is still a mockup, and 
we're not that fond of it either. You raise several great points and we 
will definitely consider them in the design process.

On 07/14/2011 08:10 PM, Robert Martinez wrote:
> 1. raising the brightness with an extra box under the logo reduces the
> contrast and makes the upper section too vivid without emphasising the
> logo itself.
> - why not make the font less bright and skip using the box?

Good point. Using a coloured background made more sense before we 
started on the layout, but you're totally right -- the navigation bar 
being a different colour from the page does away with the need for yet 
another coloured box up there.

> 2. the two-colored logo scheme reflected in the type is too much:
> -it makes the "f" fall apart from the rest of the logo and defeats the
> reason for a clear monochrome logo: it adds to the extra vividness
> around the logo.
> -it puts an emphasis where none is needed, i think the connection to the
> open clipart library does not necessarily have to be reflected in the
> logo itself more than it already does.

Yes -- thanks for clarifying that the logo was, indeed, made for 
monochrome usage. We were just trying out different approaches, and will 
respect your direction. Also agree on unneeded emphasis.

> 3. the aligned text on the left of the logo is a weakness.
> -the current layout starts with two right aligned lines, continues with
> centered and then stays left aligned.
> starting with the logo followed by left aligned text would put a natural
> emphasis on the logo.
> It even offeres to do something interesting with it there, like scaling
> it up a bit and putting some catchy visual elements around it that add
> to the general style.

Very good points, thanks for this insight.

> I really like the preview feature a lot it works great, and the
> additional information for every font is awesome and readable, too. Much
> better than before.
> The fonts are now better separated from each other and the fonts-row
> stands out, while the sidebars fade away. Also there is more room for
> the actual fonts and less "head" space.
> I'll stop commenting for now since the mail is lon enough already :P

Wow, thanks for all the feedback! We'll be posting on our blog as soon 
as we have better results.


> On 07/14/2011 03:06 PM, Dave Crossland wrote:
>> On 14 July 2011 08:12, Dave Crossland<dave at lab6.com> wrote:
>>> http://blog.manufacturaindependente.org/
>> http://manufacturaindependente.com/oflb/20110712-homepage/ :)

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