Misc. Notes from GNOME UX Hackfest, Tuesday

Here’s just a quick summary of notes from the discussions I was in yesterday at the GNOME London UX Hackfest: OSD & Panel Icons Yesterday jimmac and hbons worked on Moblin icons, with the idea we could use the style for GNOME OSD (on-screen display, e.g., when you change your system volume, the big speaker icon pops up) and possibly the panel / applet icons. Why use the moblin style? It’s much quicker to put together than the high-res icons (it can take 15 hours straight to do one of these); the Moblin style requires much simpler artwork. The style, because of its simplicity, could potentially be good high-contrast / accessible icons as well. How do you get the Moblin icons? git clone git://git.moblin.org/moblin-icon-theme Challenges We’d like complete coverage but won’t have it immediately. We should have a fallback – the Ubuntu folks suggested using a suffix for naming/calling icons from apps. E.g, if an application that wants to use this style they need to explicitly ask for it, if it doesn’t exist it falls back to the normal icon. (I’m not 100% sure how accurate my notes are here.) One issue with the style is that it doesn’t work …

GNOME Vision Brainstorm

This is just a brainstorm, no hard and fast rules being set here. A bunch of the designers here at the GNOME London UX Hackfest got together yesterday to talk about Nautilus, and after talking about Nautilus those of us left had a bit of bigger-picture view discussion (mostly Garrett and I at the whiteboard with hbons & jimmac listening as they worked on awesome icon stuff). Us GNOME designers see each other on pretty much an annual basis for the past few years either at usability hackfests, GUADECs, or GNOME Boston Summits, and we end up having variations on the same ‘big-picture’ vision for GNOME. Somehow, we never end up really fulfilling that vision, and the climate changes slightly every time (for example, microblogging I think is a big difference this go-around that wasn’t as much of a consideration in previous iterations of the discussion). Why does this keep happening? I think we go back home and work in individual silos again – and when we meet next it’s difficult work I think to resolve the different perspectives behind the progress we’ve made over the past year. It seems we then keep trying to redo the vision, maybe with …