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fedoracommunity.org Website Design

The vision for fedoracommunity.org

Fedora has a lot of local community websites. A somewhat recent addition to the mix is Fedora’s local community domain program, whereby a local Fedora community can obtain a *.fedoracommunity.org domain to point to their self-hosted website.

In the midst of a thread on the advisory-board mailing list, it became clear that it would be a good thing to have a single place where folks seeking out their particular local Fedora community could go to find it, rather than searching in multiple places for their community. In the thread, a Fedora Infrastructure ticket to this end was also referenced.

The work so far

Matt Domsch created the barebones portal page for this directory that is up on fedoracommunity.org now, asking for assistance in making it a nicer-looking site. I posted an initial mockup for feedback in reply, and since then have iterated a few times based on the feedback I’ve gotten. I’ve been working with Sijis Aviles, who very quickly took my early mockups and produced a first cut at an HTML/CSS version of them.

A few design decisions have been made throughout this process that you might want to be aware of:

How you can help

About Máirín Duffy

Máirín is a principal interaction designer at Red Hat. She is passionate about software freedom and free & open source tools, particularly in the creative domain: her favorite application is Inkscape. You can read more from Máirín on her blog at blog.linuxgrrl.com.

Discussion

17 thoughts on “fedoracommunity.org Website Design

  1. Great Design … From the Marketing & PR point of view we should talk sometimes about it… :-)

    Posted by wonderer | July 19, 2010, 3:19 pm
  2. This look so nice, smooth and professional! And Comfortaa is really a great font choice, it look so good and professional too :)

    I love it.

    Posted by Kris Thomsen | July 19, 2010, 4:00 pm
  3. Oh snap. I think I’ll have to redesign the Mexican Fedora Website and turn it from a blog of sorts to a more informative page (With how to join, etc), if its to be linked directly from Fedora.

    Posted by Nushio | July 19, 2010, 4:02 pm
    • I hope it’s okay and this doesn’t cause you too much stress! You can most certainly feel free to use any of the designs, CSS/HTML, etc we create for this on the Mexican Fedora site!

      Posted by mairin | July 21, 2010, 3:50 pm
  4. Definitely looks awesome

    The site of our community in Mexico needs a lot of tinkering and maintenance,
    could do with a redesign (currently it’s only a hosted WordPress blog).

    Of course, I’d be happy to help.

    Greetings.

    Posted by Pacheko | July 19, 2010, 6:35 pm
  5. Great job! Tumbs up!

    Posted by nelson | July 20, 2010, 11:04 am
  6. I would suggest a different order of those region buttons. They seem very confusing to me presently. I would expect them in the same order as the regions are in the map above. That means “Americas -> Europe -> Africa -> Asia”. Maybe Africa and Europe swapped, that doesn’t matter, even though the first order is more expected by visitors.

    I don’t want to have them sorted by “importance” or whatnot. But the order should follow some pattern (and I haven’t found one in current order). Button order following map order seem reasonable (and intuitive) for me.

    Posted by Kamil Páral | July 21, 2010, 3:49 am
    • Hi Kamil!!! Great catch! I actually meant for them to be in alphabetical order (it seemed fairest), but I started switching which colors were used for which country and I think I set them out-of-order. Whoops. And I totally missed it. I like your idea of listing them in order of the map. Actually, Remy even suggested having the full world map at the top clickable as well, which I think would also make it easier to navigate.

      Thanks for the great idea, we’ll most certainly update the design to include it!

      Posted by mairin | July 21, 2010, 3:53 pm
  7. wow, nice design , really link the 4 tabs , on mouse over you should make them look like land ( green and off the page a bit ) Great work!

    Posted by Wesite Design Firm | July 21, 2010, 5:40 pm
  8. This looks beautiful. I think will help to make more visible local web sites. Thank you.

    Posted by Neville A. Cross | July 23, 2010, 4:45 pm
  9. It looks too “enterprisey”.

    Posted by Giovanni | July 24, 2010, 6:28 pm
    • Hi Giovanni, is it an issue? What specific parts are the biggest problem do you think? Do you know of any examples of a style that would be more suited?

      Posted by mairin | August 2, 2010, 12:56 pm
  10. This looks beautiful!

    Posted by Ypho | July 30, 2010, 3:38 am

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