[ubuntu-art] Ubuntu forums redesign

Jef van Schendel jefvanschendel at gmail.com
Fri Nov 5 13:08:01 GMT 2010

2010/11/5 Inayaili Leon <inayaili.de.leon at canonical.com>

> Most of the points we've mentioned at the UDS session regarding the design
> have already been covered by Mike, so here's a list of what we think would
> benefit the design further and could bring the design more in line with the
> guidelines. These are things Jef (who offered to help Mike) might want to
> try out.

Hi Yaili,

I see it has already improved a lot since the last time I looked at it
(removal of the gradients, correct header color, among others), sweet. :)

>        I've noticed you're using a blue colour on the borders of the table
> headings. This colour doesn't exist in the guidelines. Making the borders
> white or removing them altogether might improve the overall design.
>        If possible, the drop shadows on tables should be removed, as they
> make the tables look heavier and they don't conform to the guidelines

Yes, I noticed these two things too when I played around a bit with Firebug.
When I first got to the page I tried removing a bunch of stuff to decrease
the noise. I figured the page is going to be busy enough as it is. Removing
that blue border and the drop shadows will make it look a lot cleaner I

> * Colours:
>        The orange is now following the guidelines, that's great. You might
> also want to try and instead of using orange for the headers in the tables
> use the grey (#AEA79F). You can see it on the web guidelines, on the tables
> page. This will make the pages a bit less loud and will add a nice level of
> hierarchy between header, footer and main content.

Oh, that looks nice! The "What's Going On?" table uses a different class for
its header, I think maybe keeping that one orange might be smart, to
separate it from the tables above it?

>        The title of the pages can/should be larger (the h1 element), to
> make it clearer which page the user is in

Yikes, I didn't even see that header until I read this... It's much clearer
on the individual forum pages and threads. I might be going too far here
(Mike told me we don't want to mess around too much, because it can make
security patches a mess), but is it possible to remove it on the front page?
It already says "Ubuntu Forums" in the header after all.

I'll have another look at these pages in the weekend, maybe I can find some
more things. :)

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