Here are two drafts from the web design committee on ideas for redesigning the site. |
Dark design: http://portland.indymedia.org/new/index4black.html
Light design: http://portland.indymedia.org/new/index4.html
Most links on these pages are functional yet. This is for look and feel only.
Our primary purpose in this redesign was to make the Newswire more prominent so it would be clearer that the site is all about Open Publishing. We hope this design will encourage more people to post, and make it more obvious that Indymedia is not some exclusive closed group controlling the content, like some people seem to think. Additionally, the newswire now starts at the top of the page, so more stories are immediately visible.
These designs also highlight the calendar more prominently. We hope that as more people use the calendar, that fewer events will go onto the newswire, and that the newswire can be more for news and analysis. (The new calendar will not be ready and running for a week or two at least.)
We added a tagline, "serving the portland metro, willamette valley, and the coast" to reflect the fact that Indymedia coverage is not limited to Portland. (I.e., God's Valley tree sits, PCUN/Pictsweet issues, Eugene scene.) This is to make the site more open to folks from outside the city, especially now that Eugene media activists have been invited aboard.
The features take up less room than they did before. About 50% of the width instead of 75% like before. We downplayed the features in order to make the Newswire more prominent.
Logo change: Rather than having two logos at the top (the rose to the upper left and the horizontal banner across the top), we designed a new logo that is long and narrow. Not so tall as the rose, and not as long as the previous horizontal one. This reduced the area used for logo stuff by at least 50% and made a lot more room for content.
At this point we suggest a comment period of 1 week or so -- until the next general collective meeting on Sunday, October 21 at It's a Beautiful Pizza, at 6:00. There we can discuss what people have been saying. Unfortunately, when dealing with design (whether web or print) it is *very* difficult to create complete consensus. For each element on the page, there will probably be one person who just hates it. If we considered all such comments blocking concerns, there could be no changes whatsoever. So this will have to be a process of taking everyone's comments into account and making changes that attempt to address everyone's concerns. The result will probably be a page that does not satisfy any one person entirely, but which hopefully does not *dis*satisfy anyone altogether.