Hyperkitty UI overview and list directory ideas

I emailed Aurélien early this week to see if I could help with HyperKitty. He said he would appreciate a UI review for mistakes and some help with icons too. Since it has been a very long while since I’ve been involved with HyperKitty, and a few months since I checked out the HyperKitty test server, I decided to do a review of sorts of the whole UI, check out how it works now, and brainstorm some ideas to make it better. Mapping Out the UI So first I clicked like a maniac and got a feel for the overall site structure. Then I drew up a site map to document the structure: Thinking through the design as I was clicking through it, I noticed a two major-ish features that I thought would make the app better: There aren’t user profiles. Each thread shows a list of the people involved in it as well as who wrote each individual post (of course.) This seems like a bit of a missed opportunity though. One of the strengths having a web app on top of the mailing list would allow in improving list communication is a bit more intelligence / smarts about …

Fedora Badgers

The badger in this image is from Badger by Child of Light on OpenClipArt.org. The crayon is from Crayon by jhnri4 on OpenClipArt.org. The badger and crayon are public domain, the Fedora logo is not! Fedora Open Badges (Badgers) So you might be aware of an ongoing project to create and deploy an open badge system to reward contributors for doing cool stuff across Fedora. (What are open badges? You can read about them in detail at openbadges.org; the short of it is that it’s an open infrastructure/standard for awarding people digital badges for achievements.) Ralph and crew, which includes RIT co-ops, have been doing an awesome job creating the Fedora badges infrastructure; Jenn, the team design co-op, also did some awesome badge artwork. To get the full set of badges needed for Flock together in time, though, they needed some help. Since I’d just come back from a long leave of absence last week and had a pretty clear plate to crank stuff out, Ralph & Spot asked me for some help in completing the set of Flock badges. Creating a Template (Mushrooms) Base Template The first thing I did was trawl around and look for the open badge …