[Grok-dev] Re: Alternative look for grok.zope.org

Sebastian Ware sebastian at urbantalk.se
Mon May 28 10:04:05 EDT 2007

I will do some more work on this one then. :)

I am getting some great feedback. Thanks everybody. I hope nobody is  
feeling left out. Design by committee is dangerous stuff, but I hope  
we will be able to pull it off! :)

Just so everybody knows, I will be conservative with colour. Colour  
sounds like fun, but requires a lot of time and effort to keep it  
from looking cheap. It also strains the eyes and confuses the brain  
when trying to focus on the "important" bits. In this case the actual  
content... but I have taken note :)

I would also humbly like to propose a slightly more modern rendering  
of Grok-the-caveman. would this be acceptable? And how important is  
it that the caveman resembles Martijn?

The reason I propose a change is that the current version (a very  
nice illustration) isn't very production friendly.

It will be a couple of days until I can have this next version of the  
website finished so I hope you won't get too impatient. :)

Regards Sebastian

28 maj 2007 kl. 15.23 skrev Martijn Faassen:

> Sebastian Ware wrote:
>> Would people rather want me to develop this look:
>>   http://www.urbantalk.se/DEVELOPER/grok/grok_r3
> I think I like this better. To increase the contrast, would it be  
> possible to experiment with icons that have the darker grey line  
> around them like with the rocks around the fire? I'm not sure  
> whether this can be done nicely, but it might make the icons stand  
> out more.
> I think it would also be fine if we made the Grok stand out more by  
> changing the color from the grey to something else. In general my  
> feedback would be: more colors! :)
> Do you intend to keep those icons on the right side? This might  
> crowd the text a bit much if you keep the left sidebar as well. I'm  
> in favor of just having one sidebar, to give the text some room. I  
> like how on the current side the text gets quite a bit of  
> horizontal space without much in the way to distract, which makes  
> for easier reading, I think.
> If we need other pictures of Grok, I can ask Felicia (my wife) who  
> drew the original ones. Kevin Teague has also drawn a few nice  
> ones. Just let me know what you'd like in terms of fitting in with  
> the web design.
> On the colors and the caveman:
> A bit of green here and there perhaps? The Grok picture uses  
> yellow, brown, green, pink and grey, so it might make sense to  
> coordinate those with the design elements. I'd keep pink confined  
> to the images though.
> Regards,
> Martijn
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