first of all: congratulations and big thanks
a great new-year present to the community.
i love the new icons, the new structure and especially the download section looks great now. i could go on with that forth and forth but that doesn’t help you make it better, i guess. so here my suggestions for changes:
green on green (see header of this forum) gives not enough contrast. also on white the green tone as currently used for links is a bit blurry, i think
One of the things in my TODO is checking all visual elements in other monitors apart from mine to see if they are readable enough, so don’t worry I’ll probably adjust that at some point.
Main reason it’s left-aligned is to fit the ETC logo. Also, style guides are written for particular purposes and don’t normally tell the whole story. Spaces around logos produce a mental association to luxury (check the design of perfume boxes for example, all that margin around the brands) and solemnity such as in respectable institutions (for the same reason than the former, we associate free space with wealth). I don’t think any of those concerns apply here, our design is pretty casual, so the rules on margin are different.
That would be better yes, but it’s like that for html coding reasons, that would involve making it floating, so it could end up overflowing other elements. Since we have a lot of third party applications integrated in this website I prefer to keep the floating stuff to a minimum.
Agree, submenu is on the works. There are some things on progress as I said, but as we adapted the content to the new layout the website was getting more and more mutilated when viewed under the old layout, so we decided to move on for now. I plan to make a dynamic sub-menu that doesn’t overlap with other elements so that the usability concerns that rdb is bothered about don’t apply.
We are not caring much about the frontpage because there’s a new one in the works for the 1.7.0 release, so disregard that for now.
Ain’t no changing the logo now, much has been talked about it internally and it was hard to reach a consensus. I will provide an alternative clean version of the vector art without the glasses when I have time, so that it can be reused for logos of sub-projects, etc.
You are right, there are probably better icon sets. But famfamfam is the only set I know that is optimized for 16x16 which is the only acceptable size for some small elements. Thanks for the idea though, I’ll take a look at that one and other themes at kde-look, I’m not entirely enthusiastic about famfamfam.
Great job! The colors and layout are fine in my opinion. My only problem is with the Panda logo. It looks like the panda is looking downward, with the glasses pointing upward. I can’t tell where his actual eyes are.
My personal favorite is the cute panda from the new P3D system. Any way we could incorporate that into the website? If you want, I can put a mock-up together in GIMP to see how it would look.
a great way to start the new year indeed!
now the website looks literally up-to-date
I have just a personal taste objection about the panda logo that looks a little weird to me: either you choose to put the 3d eyeglasses totally on or get rid of it - halfway like that looks a bit laughable.
Another personal issue: links underlined look quite “old-fashion” and ugly. Usually, in my stylesheets, I put them underlined only during the hover state since the different color is enough, in my opinion, to identifiy them. This makes the visual layout more clear.