thanks a lot to the whole team! And of course, thanks for the changelog
etc. I would love to provide detailed feedback, but I really miss the
time at the moment ... so here just a few "instant thoughts" from a UX
perspective (that usually means that we mainly refer to those items that
require tweaking, we mostly skip the positive stuff *g*).
Drupal Frontpage ...
* Visual Hierarchy
* The most important element (Download) button is hard to
locate. It misses the "conventional" design being green
and at a prominent position.
* The groups/elements miss space to get better separation.
As people say "space is information".
* The header graphics (colorful) moves away the attention
to the more important stuff. It also seems to be
animated ... so please either keep the site as clean as
possible and keep the larger header graphic, or remove
the visual intensity of the header graphic.
* The text and element sizes are somehow unusual. Some of
the text is very large, some of the text is tiny.
* Editorial Content
* Text like "I need help" may be true, but only few users
want to hear that they are helpless :-)
* The "I ..." have been a matter of debate for a long time
on the OOo website. The "I ..." doesn't add value and
doesn't help to feel "part of the community".
* The Web 2.0 stuff (great idea...) seems a bit scary with
the square brackets. And, it seems to use a lot of
* The layout requires intensive scrolling - some of the
interesting items for those who are not aware of the activity
within the community, might miss the news and the blogs.
Although I do like its presentation.
* Some items are visually connected to others, although there is
no information link - e.g. the search box connected to the front
* The visual design doesn't fit together ... for example, the logo
at the top got some mirroring (why?), but the remaining items on
the page show drop shadows - with light from directly above. the
other items show shadows with light direction "front". Some more
items are just flat. The text in the header graphics shows
shadows with light from the right side ... it doesn't create a
harmonic and consistent impression. Another example: Some of the
object edges are rounded, some are "sharp".
* In most cases, websites (and UIs) do look good, if they are
aligned to a certain grid. Within the current proposal, most of
the item groups are unrelated / not aligned with other items.
This would create more "visual stability" and predictability
(where to look for what).
* Elements sometimes do have limited contrast. For example, the
text in the header graphic is hard to read (white on bright
green). The "breadcrumb navigation" is black (small font) on
Okay, time is up :-) I hope this criticism is perceived to be helpful
instead of annoying. However, I'm looking forward to see some more
information with regard to the community goals, and thus, the visual
By the way, maybe I have discussed some things not being meant for
discussion. I recommend to use the "Fidelity Matrix" to improve such
kinds of discussions. I blogged about it here:
Mmh, I just saw the mail by Ivan - so feel invited to discuss that with
some more people on the design list.
Michael and web-site team, sorry for mis-using this thread - I still owe
you some information on the UX workflows and tools. Yet to come :-( But,
has there been any consideration of implementing website analytics /
statistics to further improve the page once it is online?
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