Designers, mockups, and developers

Monday, November 22, 2010 13:37 - GNOME

In a hallway conversation in Fórum GNOME, there was a question about the mockups presented by Vinicius Depizzol, and if maintainers were receptive. The answer was that the design team got trusted by many, and acceptance of proposed changes was not a problem.

But we sure have a problem of ressources, designers have been working hard, producing many ideas, rendered in many mockups, and quite often they are not (yet) implemented. This was an extraordinary moment when Florent Thévenet posted to the gnome multimedia list, about the work he started, implementing the mockups Hylke Bons did for a voice recorder.

Perhaps we could work making it happen more often, some mockups are profound changes, hard to do as a newcomer, but others are easier, little changes, attention to details, and they would fit perfectly to revive some GNOME Love activity, and as tasks for Google Code-In.

Maybe it's just a matter of more advertising of the design work, pushing developers, "hey! look at them! you want to code this!", but maybe it could also be more organized, for example we could organize regular "remote hackfests", on weekends to get more volunteers get in, where we would have experienced hackers and maintainers ready to review patches, guiding newcomers into their first contributions.

What do you think?

Being bad at advertising our designs is totally a homework we in the design team needs to do. Both in bugzilla, in the wiki and in blogs.

Comment by Andreas Nilsson on November 22, 2010 15:13

And yeah, I really like the idea of getting new devs this way!

Comment by Andreas Nilsson on November 22, 2010 15:14

Yep. We are quite lazy. I guess we should post things on the planet more :)

Comment by Hylke Bons on November 22, 2010 16:00

I remember some time ago Mairin Duffy wrote about a web platform specifically aimed to share and comment mockups, but I just don't retrieve the link :-\ Engage developers at that level would be suggested: they would be able to follow the evolution of every single designs, browse between multiple works and choose the one they like, be involved in every step...

Comment by Bob on November 22, 2010 17:34

Great post Fred.

Mockups and designs can be a great recruiting and motivating tool. That's something that the Elementary project seems to have been very successful at, for example. If we want to do the same we need to get our design work out to a wider audience than that provided by Planet GNOME (though that would be a good start), in my opinion.

Comment by Allan Day on November 22, 2010 17:59

Indeed, publishing more on planet/lists/broader audiences would surely begin a new flood of developers!

Comment by Gil Forcada on November 22, 2010 21:09

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