phillip at communitybandwidth
Jan 3, 2010, 2:36 PM
Post #7 of 7
Many thanks for this, Matt.
Re: Input required: Version 2 of bricolagecms.org front page mock-up (5 minute read)
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I'm back from vacation and anxious to get this finished up; I'll post
On 5-Dec-09, at 3:42 PM, Matthew Rolf wrote:
> I'm finally getting a chance for some feedback.
> First, I like the changes that were made in this version. The layout
> is very nice and clean. Aaron suggested a while back that it might
> be a good idea to skin Bric 2 with the colors/theme of this design.
> Are we (David?) all on board with that? I've still got the css work
> that I did a while ago hanging around, so I could help, do it, or
> pass it on.
> Some suggestions on the new design, first on the copy:
> 1) I recognize that a large part of marketing is taking an inherent
> weakness and promoting it as a strength, but I really want to lol
> when I read about how great it is that Bricolage doesn't ship with
> decent default templates. IMHO, that's not an advantage to tout!
> While it's indeed awesome that Bric won't restrict your creativity,
> let's instead say something like "Let your creativity flow with
> unlimited document modeling options and custom templates that work
> exactly the way your organization wants."
> 2) No bullshit? Those of us who have tried to merely install the
> product know that is not true. And besides, my midwestern
> puritanical values would rather not have profanity in Bricolage's
> most recognizable tagline. Maybe replace BS with "customizable" or
> something that alludes to extreme flexibility.
> 3) Oh, and bric_queued is not "built like a tank". It slowly
> chokes and dies when overloaded with stories. A lot.
> 4) Anyone who gets their hands on Bricolage will waste A LOT of time
> figuring out the right way to do it. Yes, Bricolage is bad ass once
> you learn it. But it's not iTunes we're talking about here.
> 5) One man's total freedom is another's gulag of pain.
> And on interface:
> 6) The link to documentation needs to be more prominent. Also the
> link to the API browser needs to be right on the top of the page,
> and maybe even highlighted. If you're doing work in Bric, you're
> spending a lot of time there. It needs to be easy to get to.
> 7) I realize this site is aimed at noobs, but the Development link
> should still be more prominent. Finding other templates in
> particular needs to be easy.
> 8) I know the point of the commit feed is to show activity, but the
> flip side of that is people get to see nasty bug fixes on the home
> page. Just something to think about.
> Anyway, now that Scott's not here, someone had to be the
> curmudgeon. Hugs!
> That's all for now, i'll probably have more later.
> On Nov 20, 2009, at 4:15 PM, Phillip Smith wrote:
>> I've prepared version 2 of the front page mock-up with the
>> following changes based on your input:
>> + PHP and MySQL logos
>> + Big buttons for download and try a demo
>> + Stronger visuals for the "Recent project activity" and "Bricolage
>> + Less text heavy (though, I'm leaving most of that work until we
>> can see it with the final text / copy)
>> New version:
>> Old version:
>> ... And the slideshow will come when things are all HTML-ified. :-)
>> Let me know if I've missed anything, and if you have any other
>> comments. I'll hopefully post some other pages in the coming days.
>> Many thanks in advance,
>> Phillip Smith // Simplifier of Technology // COMMUNITY
>> www.communitybandwidth.ca // www.phillipadsmith.com
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