[Design-team] Self Introduction / Fedora startpage

Jef van Schendel jefvanschendel at gmail.com
Wed Nov 24 20:02:07 UTC 2010

2010/11/24 Vinzenz Vietzke <vinz at fedoraproject.org>

> Hi Design Team!
> since I'm new to this list I'd like to shortly introduce myself:
> My name is Vinzenz Vietzke, I'm 26 years old and live in Augsburg,
> southern Germany. I am working as educator/pre-school teacher. More
> about my work in the Linux community can be found on my wiki page (see
> signature).

Hi Vinzenz, and welcome! :)

> I reworked "start.fedoraproject.org" and made some mock-ups which can be
> seen in the wiki:
> https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Vinz/Projects#Fedora_startpage

 I've also been working on the start.fpo page and trying to make it fit in
with the new www.fpo design.

I made a mockup [1] which has the same content as the current Start page,
but with the redesigned header and footer. Together with Sijis I put
together a working prototype [2]. As you can see we added two RSS feeds to
the page with announcements and Fedora Planet posts.

Looking back I don't think I announced any of this on the Websites or Design
Team mailing lists, which wasn't smart. After all, if it's not on the list,
it didn't happen. ;)

That said, I really like your mockups and how clean they look. Especially
v3, with the Creative Commons icons. I think that's a much better way of
showing the different licenses.

So my suggestion is to put both of these concepts together and make one
really fantastic Start page. :)

Here's a few thoughts:

- We'd like to use the same footer across all the different Fedora websites,
so I think we should keep that. It's big and has a lot of content, but on
the other hand it's content that fits really well on a Start page. Also, we
can remove the Release Notes, Join, etc links if we use that footer.

- As I said I love the CC icons as filters, but they could be a little
closer to the actual search bar, so it's clear what they're used for. I
think the "dropdown + button + CC logo" combo I currently have in place
looks ugly, so maybe we can simply put them there?

- I'm not sure what to do about the RSS feeds. Initially I resisted against
adding them, because I felt the page would go from a clean and simple Start
page to a full-blown hub. On the other hand, they contain a lot of good and
up-to-date information about what's happening in the community. What do you
(and others who want to join in!) think, are they valuable enough to keep?
Or is it a step too far?

- I think the Board has talked before about changing the content and
function of start.fpo, but I can't remember what the consensus was. This is
why I kept the current content and only worked on the appearance (just like
you did). I think that's the best way to go for now. We can always change it
in the future.


[1] http://schendje.fedorapeople.org/temp/mockup2.png
[2] http://start.stg.fedoraproject.org/
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