[Imc-london] wishful thinking Re: more changes
maqui at syndicate.org.uk
Sat Feb 12 09:51:51 PST 2011
Wow, nice ideas here!.
Yes, I also think it's much better smaller and narrower. Now it takes
too much space. I also like the new more descriptive 'publish' button.
But not sure is needs to be repeated in the main menu bar. If it already
appears in the banner, then that space in the menu bar could be used for
something else, for example, the 'major reports' page as planet mail was
I like the idea of displaying the features as a carousel. It makes the
front page a bit more active, a bit more playful if you see what i mean.
I also prefer the older features listed at the bottom of that box rather
than at the side of the min pic.The grey box around it is a good idea.
And if grey is not a good colour design-wise, then it could be some
other. But having them in a box makes the main features to stand out more.
What i find a bit confusing in this latest mock up is the snippet next
to the main pic. Is this intended to be the place for the main snippet?.
Basically i find it confusing because i relate that text to the main
pic, and in the mock-up, they don't have any relation.
*. featured events.
I agree with limiting then to, let's say 4. This would make the promoted
evens more visible.
The 'from the streets' and 'news' wires work well in my opinion. It's a
good way of making the tumblewire ore prominent. Having said that, the
the tumblewire normally only gets updated when there's some sort of
mobilisation going one. Mos of the time it is quite static. But yes,
maybe by having it more prominent it would encourage people to use it
more all the time.
I like the 'news' newswire longer. at the moment it i far too short.
Articles disappear far to quickly from the front page, specialy now that
it includes 'other (movements) media' and 'video' posts.
I think the 'from the mainstream' wire is also well placed under the
featured videos box. I actually like to have the source on the titles in
there. In my view this helps the viewer to decide whether to click on it
The video box is still quite prominent too. Which is great.
*It is good idea to make the clowd smaller. It saves space on the front
It's good to limit them to three. The only think I'd change is the title
in there. I don;t think it needs the word "Featured" in it. II mean
groups are 'featured' because thay are the 'most active'. That's why
they show on the front page, because they publish stuff. Therefore I
think it is enough by saying 'recently active groups'
Where are they? I think that both the main snippet and the smaller right
side one are good resources. The main one is a good space for stuff
related to the project, announcements, pointing out changes,
improvements, technical features of the site, info about specific
reporting situations, as well as promoting documents, tutorials and
The right hand side one I think works very well to promote other stuf
that it is not strictly related to imc. Like the DI radio shows, or
stuff like the recent Egyptian uprising, or when it was used for the
Greek uprising. I think it is a perfect spot for linking to
'international' events that are important, but that IMC-London doesn't
I would not do away with neither of the snippets. In any case they don't
need to be on alll the time.
*. action alerts.*
Finally, would the action alerts still go on top of the front pa, like
above the features boxz?
Anyhow, my five pence, but good work all around!.
On 12/02/2011 2:49, mara wrote:
> I took another crack at it, and put a newer version on crabgrass. Check
> it out here: https://we.riseup.net/assets/46413/wishful%20thinking02.png
> Changed the publish button, got rid of the top tags. I tried making the
> features section more clear by adding a grey background. Obviously
> someone who understands graphic design would come up with nicer looking
> solutions than this.
> It's gotten extremely link heavy further down, which doesn't really
> work. Not sure what to do about it. Maybe some small changes could make
> a big difference, eg, for other media, leave the source in the title,
> but not as active link, add bylines with date to break it up a bit mire
> (the way the events have the date on them, and the tumbles on the live
> site as well)
> Also I changes some of the colours, including the titles, but it doesn't
> really work. Any other ideas for not having a frontpage that is all
> pink? (Do not say to use another colour, so much of even the most
> beautiful colour would be getting too much)
> On 12/02/11 11:25, mara wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Noone seems to like the idea of having a few of the most recent tags on
>> top, so lets just pretend they are not there for the time being.
>> personally I thought of it as a way to promote the use of the tagging
>> system, it's severely under-used atm. But maybe we can find some other
>> way to do that, any ideas how to get people tagging?
>> I've added a long list of buttons that we do not currently have to that
>> list. I think having more graphical buttons could make navigation of the
>> site a lot easier. It's very text heavy atm, but remember that every
>> navigational link that is currently just another link, could actually be
>> a graphical representation.
>> check back at
>> On 12/02/11 10:29, cactus at aktivix.org wrote:
>>> Also - once we have a full line of red/yellow buttons on the top - we
>>> dont really need the black and white / grey line.
>> Interesting, I was actually thinking about that, but wasn't sure if it
>> would make the top of the page too full of text.
>>> Also i find the layout of the Top feature a bit confusing - i think a
>>> few stories under the top one is good to see a progression of old
>>> stories over a week...
>> My graphical work isn't that amazing, the idea is that there are several
>> features, but they rotate in display and show when you hover over the
>> titles. Maybe check out some links for this:
>> http://www.zcommunications.org/znet (you have to close the donation
>> appeal before you can see it)
>>> The rest looks good - i will try and find time to work on some icons
>>> (for featured / event, mainstream news/ news from the streets /
>>> movement media etc) - or one of the many people on this list could...
>> There are full icon sets with creative commons licenses out there. We
>> are currently using the famfam ones:
>> We might be able to find a set we like better (which seems less work
>> than making them, but then we aren't actually using that many icons)
>> If you are feeling creative, check that list of potential buttons and
>> icons on crabgrass, and see if anything grabs your fancy.
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