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[Social-mediagoblin] Initial designs for GNU MediaGoblin

From: Jef van Schendel
Subject: [Social-mediagoblin] Initial designs for GNU MediaGoblin
Date: Sat, 7 May 2011 18:35:39 +0200

Hello all,

I'll introduce myself here quickly: I'm Jef van Schendel, or
'schendje', and I do design work. GNU MediaGoblin sounded like an
exciting project, so I joined the IRC channel and mailing list to see
if I could help.

I've been talking to Christopher and other goblins on the channel, and
have been working with them on some initial designs for the GNU
MediaGoblin website and interface.

I think it's important to first find a style we feel comfortable with,
after which this style can be applied to the different project
websites and media. I plan to write a style guide to make it easier
for other designers to create materials for the project and to
maintain a certain level of consistency. So that will contain things
like our default typefaces, a colour palette, etc.

Ok! Now that the boring talk is over, let's show some results!

What I've got right now is this:

- A shot at the website's front page, icons and a logo:

- A sample where I applied the same style to more content-heavy page:

The excellent PNG-hugging-goblin illustration is not my work, that one
was done by Karen. :)

For these designs I was going for something that:

- Looks like a creative, welcoming environment. This is also meant to
make the 'goblin' part of our name sound friendly and cute, instead of
mean and nasty.
- Is reasonably informal, but still trustworthy. I wanted it to look
have a more cosy feel, instead of something clean and futuristic like
- Has some personality, but not too much. For instance, the front page
of our website can be quite outspoken, but when you're browsing a
gallery of photographs you want those images to take the spotlight,
not the interface. On the other hand all pages should still be
recognizable as being GNU MediaGoblin.

This is not finished yet. I mainly want to make sure I'm heading in
the right direction. From now on I'll assume the role of Lead Design
Goblin, if that's okay with all of you. :)

So, what do you all think? How does it look and feel? Does what I said
make sense? Do you have any cool ideas that we could use?


PS I try to make it a practice to always include sources for my
artwork. By all means, feel free to play with these and build upon
them. They can usually be found in the same folder, just replace .png
by .svg.


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