Design

Hi,
I can see many discussions on code, but very few about design. What would you think about creating a group dedicated to this (huge) task ? Do you have names to suggest of people to involve ?
As a designer myself, I would be ok to be part of a small operational team.
Best


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I’m happy to see a designer find the way here - welcome! :slight_smile:
Most of us are only good in coding, so if you need something like a group here or so… I think that will be doable. And if you might take a organizing or forward-pushing role on the design front, we won’t say no. :smiley:

Please also see https://www.loomio.org/d/KZJhVLgM/develop-diaspora-design-and-identity?proposal=Z09Vof3T

Thank you for the link ! As it was 11 months old, I thought it was best to start again, but I wrote an email to Pablo.

There’s also this proposal to create a UI task force. It’ll be good to have another designer on the team!

I’m definitely in if it’s okay, but we need somewhere to discuss. Diaspora doesn’t have groups, and just going with PM:s won’t work as we can’t add more people to them. Discussing everything on Loomio isn’t an elegant solution either, and I think we’re safe to assume that not all want to go over to fb or G+. I’d say we open up a github repo or something :slight_smile:

That would be good… or use a combination of IRC and the wiki at https://wiki.diasporafoundation.org/Main_Page (you could create pages as you like as long as you don’t mess up existing things and maybe have some sense when naming them).

Great !
Don’t you use Slack ?

As far as I know nobody here uses slack.

Use what you like… but a self-hosted or maybe well etablished solution (like wiki, irc) would be more safe to use than a service that may be shut down or unavailable without having some influence in that.

@faldrian The beauty with github is that one can comment and discuss issues, PRs and commits :slight_smile: irc channel will probably be needed. Could we have a wiki-page referring to the design docs that are being written on github?

You could also have a wiki page in the official wiki describing and advertising your endeavour for fellow designers, pointing our where to find your github-repository and IRC-channel and participate. :slight_smile:

I’m all for using github for this… :slight_smile:

Welcome @elliotlepers ! Self organization is the key here :slight_smile: You guys should definitely get together maybe on IRC or just here and organize yourselves on how things work best for design stuff. Create wiki pages for the “team” and so on. Would totally love a small team to self-organize for some better collaboration on the design stuff.

Allright, is #diaspora-design @ irc.freenode.net okay? I think we should get this thing rolling :slight_smile:

Hi all, I’ve been way too busy this past month, the proposal is still going and I’ve been working on some mockups for some incremental UX polishing on the current codebase.

Will get in touch more often from now, and on the IRC channel too.

@elliotlepers never got your e-mail, sorry! I’ll look for it.

@hola : Hey ! Thats cool ! Header is almost finished. I’ll need a piece of advice regarding the design.

Yes! And I have a crazy new design that needs your feedback. Based on that CSS you liked.

Can’t wait to see that !

Hey guys! I was speaking to Steffen and jhass, and Steffen had this idea of posting a call for participation on the Diaspora HQ account asking people for Diaspora redesign ideas.

These are some screenshots from my working pod:

http://imgur.com/pC5GcfW,UbF3RwS,vJenkmR,9IrIxCR,ec1wmT7,l6hNPhn,Y8TSu7t#4

But those were meant to actually run on the current code, we will ask users for something with a much broader spectrum, to gather feedback on what they want, what they like, what they hate, etc.

So, what do you think about a Diaspora HQ post with something like:

"Hey, we are planning to do a redesign and we are collecting feedback.
Here are some ideas from Pablo Cúbico.
What do you think about them?
What are your ideas?

If you have mockups of any kind, even handwritten ones, post them with the hashtag #diaspora-redesign

We are looking forward to see your ideas!"

Yes I think that would be a good idea. The only problem is collecting the ideas and transferring them to somewhere. The DiasporaHQ account doesn’t federate well, so comments might not all reach back to it… So I would rather have people submit ideas and comments somewhere else, as weird as that sounds. Or we just collect the ones get back :wink:

But in the end, that should just be feedback. The actual decisions should imho be made by the design team and then accepted or rejected by the community. We can’t and won’t be able to please everyone.

Great work btw! I like it. It is very different, but more modern. And the skinning idea would allow for different tastes. I would love to have the change skin buttons always visible for quick mood changes :wink: