SpreadUbuntu needs YOUR help with the new branding + UDS Sprint

The New Spread Ubuntu Site

I’m re-blogging Evan Boldt‘s message to the SU team:

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SpreadUbuntu is participating in the new Ubuntu branding project. We want to start some discussion about the new layouts, design, and logo.

Please take a look at this wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MarketingTeam/Projects/SpreadUbuntu/Brand

Some things to discuss:

  • New Logo
    Check out the current versions. See what you can make out of it. There is a source file on the wiki. Upload it to the wiki when you are done!
  • Navigation
    • Where should the navigation be placed? The ‘primary’ navigation (get, make, translate, and share) is on the left (top for the home page)
    • To match the other websites, it should be moved to the orange bar at the top, yet the logos and descriptions are still desirable.
    • What would be the best way to keep them?
    • Where should secondary navigation be placed? Currently it is on the left side only for logged in users. If the primary is moved to the top, the secondary will be the only thing occupying the left sidebar, which would be a weird transition from not logged in to logged in.
  • Front Page
    • What improvements can be made to the home page? Is there any information it needs?
    • Is the current layout ideal? Nearly no visitor clicks any of the ‘top rated materials’. Instead, they go for a ‘media’ or click ‘get materials’.
  • Font
    Browsers with support for @font-face are growing large enough that we can pick whatever font we want. Do we want to use something like Liberation Sans for all text?
  • Materials Node
    This is the layout you see when you click on a material you want, and you are given the option to download images or source. It displays information about the material. How can this be brought to the new style?

Please make some mock-ups of what you want to see happen, and add it to the wiki at the top in the appropriate section.

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My addition:

  • An initial mock-up can be seen here. SpreadUbuntu uses Drupal 6 and as such our theme should be usable for the whole Ubuntu Community once it’s done. – Yes this is our way to say hi to the Ubuntu-Drupal team😉
  • The SpreadUbuntu team is planning a Sprint on the next UDS. Key resources of the team will gather in Brussels, Belgium in May and work on implementing the necessary changes, adaptations and requirements (social, political and technical) of the site so it can graduate as a Ubuntu marketing team project and become a official resource for the Ubuntu Community.
    • If you are interested in being part of this several-days-running-sprint or want to join the (yet to be applied for) Community session please contact me directly by email:  huayra _@tt_ ubuntu _d.t com

Thanks in advance for your help!

~ by huayra on 2010 March 9.

One Response to “SpreadUbuntu needs YOUR help with the new branding + UDS Sprint”

  1. talking about the brand-

    I don’t know how it all works so I’ll write it here: I’d do the “SpreadUbuntu” brand with the words “spread” and “ubuntu” near each-others (without a space, like examples 1-2), but I’d play with colors/format/size: dunno, like spread in black, ubuntu in white..

    Because as it is now, in the first two examples it isn’t really easy to read the two words, and the third example is not as nice as the first 2.

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