[ubuntu-web] Updated guidelines for community sites

Matthew Nuzum matthew.nuzum at canonical.com
Wed Oct 20 23:12:04 BST 2010

Hello community, I've met with Alejandra from the design team to discuss the
theme guidelines I sent through last week.

I've pulled the guidelines down and am going to ask you to hold off on
implementing them for now. When I sent that through I had a
mis-understanding of the current state.

There are some items in there that Ale feels really good about and some
things that she's not yet ready to call "guidelines." We'd like to do a
little work to iterate through them and test them out, probably doing some
refining along the way.

When they're complete and have had a little more testing we'll bring this
back to you to share again.

I know some of you are eager for fresh material, I'm sorry to tantalize you
with this. Those who have seen the other work the design team has done know
that it will be worth waiting for.

On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 8:43 AM, Matthew Nuzum
<matthew.nuzum at canonical.com>wrote:

> Hi, there has been a mis-understanding. I was under the impression that
> this guideline was finalized but I have just been told it is not ready for
> you to implement.
> I am not technically working today so I only have a little information, I
> will get back to you on Monday when I have more data.
> I apologize for the confusion, thanks for your patience with me.
> On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 4:58 PM, Matthew Nuzum <
> matthew.nuzum at canonical.com> wrote:
>> Hello, you've been waiting for this for far too long, I hope it has been
>> worth it (I think it has but read on and judge for yourself).
>> Alejandra, who many of you have interacted with, and her new
>> cohort Inayaili De Leon have provided us with updated brand
>> guidelines/models specifically for sites that are part of the official
>> network of Ubuntu sites but that should not feel like part of the typical
>> ubuntu.com flow.
>> For example, if you visit http://webapps.ubuntu.com/marketplace/ you
>> should feel like you're in the ubuntu.com website because it is part of
>> the normal flow of navigation.
>> However, if you visit wiki.ubuntu.com or the fridge you should not feel
>> like you're at www.ubuntu.com. The navigational needs are completely
>> different. You should feel like you're connected to ubuntu.com but not
>> part of it.
>> The problems we faced when trying to use the old guidelines for these
>> community sites is that we didn't know how to deal with navigation. We
>> didn't know how to indicate which site users were on and we were worried
>> about confusing users with navigation that looked the same but mysteriously
>> changed behavior depending on what site they were on.
>> Here's an image of the new model:
>> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Website/WebThemes?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=wiki_global_header_and_footer.png
>> Let me explain some of the features here.
>> First, the Ubuntu logo area is clearly indicating the site you're on.
>> Clicking this should take you to the current site's homepage (not to
>> www.ubuntu.com).
>> The orange area does not include primary navigation, instead all of the
>> site navigation is in the gray area. (see below for question #1 about this).
>> The search bar is visually distinct from that of ubuntu.com and allows
>> room for site speicific search features and instructions.
>> Above the orange bar to the far right is something being called the
>> "Mother ship' navigation. It links back to key areas on Ubuntu.com.
>> Down near the bottom of the page in the footer area wehave some new
>> navigation elements:
>> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Website/WebThemes?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=global_fat_footer.png
>> You'll see here that the "fat footer" or mini sitemap is reserved for the
>> current site. Don't duplicate Ubuntu.com's footer. All of the elements in
>> the lists should be relevant to the existing site. Below that is a 2nd
>> footer with an Ubuntu logo and links to Contact us, Trademark and Legal
>> information.
>> This template is for Ubuntu community and Ubuntu related sites to use.
>> I'll be implementing it for wiki.ubuntu.com in the coming weeks (though
>> the existing testing wiki update will go live before this is ready).
>> I have a couple questions and I know you do too, here is a start: Maybe
>> Alejandra can chime in with some thoughts, others please feel free to toss
>> in your questions and ideas too.
>>  #1 Some sites may need to have additional navigation needs, what should
>> they do?
>>  - Matt's suggestion: Maybe use the left side navigation from here as
>> inspiration:
>> http://www.canonical.com/enterprise-services/ubuntu-advantage/landscape (ubuntu
>> colors of course)
>> #2 What if a site has wide content, what should be done?
>>  - Matt's opinion: make it full width (no left/right padding) or make the
>> theme fluid width or both (personally, I don't like sites with really wide
>> content)
>> #3 What sites should not use this theme?
>>  - Matt's opinion: Sites that are not part of the Ubuntu community and/or
>> don't want to feel connected to the Ubuntu ecosystem.
>> OK, there's a bunch of details, now share your thoughts and ideas and
>> questions.
>> --
>> Matthew Nuzum
>> newz2000 on freenode, skype, linkedin, identi.ca and twitter
>> "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." -Benjamin Franklin
> --
> Matthew Nuzum
> newz2000 on freenode, skype, linkedin, identi.ca and twitter
> "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." -Benjamin Franklin

Matthew Nuzum
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"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." -Benjamin Franklin
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