Presented for your voting pleasure, two subtly DW-ized versions of the userhead, which politely states which site you're on, but (hopefully) without sacrificing the original's neutrality:
Which of these images would you prefer for the DW user head icons?
- stamped with the DW swirl
- stamped with the DW swirl, slightly darker
None of these
Bug 4304: email posting setting should get some updates
This is the "Email Posting" setting on the Mobile tab of Account Settings, and it's horribly dated-looking. If anybody wants to try your hand at a new version, have at it! Even just a rough mockup would be awesome. Some suggestions are in the bug, but generally I'd like to streamline the layout, eliminate all the duplicated text, and fix the horrible alignment glitches produced by the checkboxes, as well as using some AJAXy goodness to only show one additional (non-used) entry box at a time.
( Screenshot of existing design )
One of the concerns is that a good amount of people are going to not see icon pages--and especially profile pages, which are difficult enough to do effectively without shoehorning them into a style--in styles. But we don't want to multiply too many options. Possible strategies are:
- Add a separate display option for icon and profile pages, or just profile pages since icon pages are far less likely to be troublesome in styles.
- Don't add any options. All styles will have the ability to display icon and profile pages in the site style, just like entry pages. Somebody who doesn't want to view them can use the style=mine sticky display and set them thus. This will not satisfy the people who don't want to set display options for style=mine, but it's probably the fewest options.
- Hooking them up to the entry display option--probably not a good idea.
- Hooking them up to the journal display option--also not a good idea, since few people will be using the site view for their journal.
Other ideas welcome!
Side effect, each of the site skin stylesheets is now lighter by something like 10kb *g*
I've thrown up a static page with a list of classes and styling for each class.
The design is not final. But assuming there are no huge glaring issues, I'd like to go ahead and commit this version or this version with some tweaks. (There shouldn't be a huge difference from the current appearance yet).
This doesn't mean that we shouldn't talk about what the design should look like! Just that I think the current code is a good balance of cleanup and not breaking existing appearance, and that I'd like to be able to commit at this stage rather than holding it up forever while we work on a polished design (so let's discuss right here, right now, but I want the overarching design changes to go in the next patch please, and not hold up the commit on this patch)
We need to work on cleaning up the HTML so that the styling / new classes look good when applied to the HTML. As we clean up our HTML, some of the existing classes will go away; that's good, we want that. There's quite a few ridiculous CSS classes in there that are meant to be temporary (say, for example, action-bar and action-box ;-))
For coders/frontend designers:
Use the current global classes listed on /dev/classes as much as possible, instead of defining new ones.
If you're adding a new class to any page, add a sample usage demo on /dev/classes (unless it makes no sense to, but you should try to have it make sense to)
For the dev-oriented among you, I have uploaded patches to Bug 3243 - Need consistent styling across the site
If you apply the patch, and restart your servers, you will find the live page for my static HTML mockups in /dev/classes.
HTML mockup of a revised Manage Circle page
Throwing it out here for discussion and fleshing out. This is just quick example HTML. The CSS is preliminary (more on that in a bit), and there's no supporting JS so if you could kindly gloss over these two things :-)
The biggest changes are:
- tabs for the various sections (to be hidden by JS), so that you can focus on only one thing at a time, instead of scrolling up and down the page
- changing the way the relationships split up so that it's split along the lines of your relationship to them / their relationship to you, rather than access/subscribe
- a dropdown so you can sort by username or relationship
- a filter for usernames so you can easily find / edit people in your circle
- cleaner table markup, and cleaner markup in general
- added heading for the custom colors
So I recently joined Dreamwidth from LJ, and I'm absolutely loving it. I'm just wondering though if there is a way that I can get the posts from my LJ friends on my DW Reading page so I don't have to flick between two different sites.
Is there a simple way, or should I do them as a feed?
I had a look through FAQ, but couldn't see anything specific to this situation, but there is a good chance I totally missed it.
Also, sorry if this is the wrong place to post this... if it is, let me know and I will re-post int he correct place!
Things I can think of, off the top of my head:
* The reading/subscription filters management interface
* The access/posting filters management interface
* The Manage Circle page
* The Upload Icons page
* The Directory Search
What else can people think of that needs work?
This isn't going to be done overnight; Dreamwidth (and LiveJournal before it) grew organically over time, with a number of different designers (and often no designers at all) and many of the taskflows disagree violently with each other, or are needlessly complex, or just could use a little love. But this is where we get a start.
There'll be two major (ongoing) projects for the design team:
1) Working to improve the usability and workflow of existing features, slowly over time;
2) Acting as resources for programmers working on implementing new features, to help them with the workflow and presentation of those features.
Stay tuned for more resources and plans!