[maemo-community] maemo.org redesign

From: Andrew Flegg andrew at bleb.org
Date: Wed Oct 8 17:07:45 EEST 2008
On Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 1:52 PM, Dave Neary <dneary at maemo.org> wrote:
> Tim wrote:
>> New design concept here:
>>     http://samoff.maemobox.org/maemo_redesign/samoff-maemo.org-redesign_idea_0008b.png

Very nice look.

> A few things have dropped off the past few rounds of mock-ups which I
> think are pretty important - I'm going to comment with a question:
> The guy who comes to the site to get help with a problem - where will he
> click?

Agreed, this design has moved back to focussing on products, rather
than use-cases ("Bugzilla", "Wiki" etc.). I've been entirely convinced
of looking at it from the point of view of the use-case, i.e.:

    * I need help
    * I want to download an app
    * I want to help
    * I want to write an app

> I still think it's a mistake to have Bugzilla, wiki, mailing lists on
> the front page. Garage doesn't mean anything to someone who's not
> already a community member. I'm not sure that "Documentation" makes
> sense as a front page link, because you have 3 types of documentation:
> user documentation, developer tutorials and guides, and developer
> reference documentation. I think it's more important to filter people
> through based on whether they're developers or users, to direct them to
> sites where we direct people to targeted mailing lists, forums and other
> resources.


> There are elements of this design I really like - I do think it's
> promising, but I think we need to have the "solve a problem",
> "developer", "downloads", "news" "get involved" prominent on the home
> page. On the new design, Downloads and News are really well represented,
> and we've dropped the links for solving problems and getting involved to
> some extent. And "Development" has been reduced to one small link in the
> top right.

Agreed. This is very similar to the current maemo.org front page,
which we've got the opportunity to address. The problems with the
existing site aren't purely cosmetic, so a new look & feel (a very
shiny one, admittedly) don't go far enough, IMHO.



Andrew Flegg -- mailto:andrew at bleb.org  |  http://www.bleb.org/
maemo.org Community Council member

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