[Grok-dev] Alternative look for grok.zope.org
sebastian at urbantalk.se
Tue May 29 06:11:19 EDT 2007
Okidoki. Does this mean I should suspend my work with the design I
proposed? I mean it might come down to us actually having different
preferences of style. :)
29 maj 2007 kl. 06.26 skrev Kevin Teague:
> On May 28, 2007, at 4:22 AM, Sebastian Ware wrote:
>> Would people rather want me to develop this look:
>> Compared to the previously suggested one:
>> Maybe the first suggestion was too stylish?
> My opinions on style of a Grok site:
> I used the original Grok illustrations as a basis, choosing orange
> as the primary colour, tempered with shades of grey that suggest
> stone. I think it might be worthwhile to lay out a few colour
> palettes for comparison, and then try and have the design work
> within that palette.
> I do like the colours used on the existing design - although I did
> select them - in particular the orange used in the existing Grok
> logo area, which was just sampled from the orange in the original
> Grok illustrations. As for the other flavours of orange in the body
> text, sometimes I think this looks quite fun, and other times this
> feels like a bit much.
> Orange can be a difficult colour to design with. I noticed that the
> Joyent site uses a significant amount of orange (and lots other
> colours) and still does an excellent job of walking the line
> between professional and fun (they also do a bang-up job with their
> I would be quite happy if we had a design that was heavily
> "informed" by the Joyent style. Although we will have a lot of text
> on the Grok site, and for extended reading of body text it wears on
> the eyes for anything that's not set against a white background.
> The Grok logo is a separate discussion. Perhaps we should be
> working towards an official logo before moving onto the the next
> design iteration?
> In particular, adding additional aesthetic elements that are not
> part of the core logo to the design can be distracting. Often you
> have something that looks very nice in the context of a particular
> header, but doesn't look so good if set against a plain background
> color. Hopefully we can also have a logo that retains a distinctive
> character even when reduced to a small size.
> I had some ideas about using the typeface on the existing site, and
> applying the leopard patterened swatches from Grok's tunic to the
> inside of the typeface. I am doubtful if this could be successfully
> pulled off though.
> Something that conveyed the lettering "Grok" carved from stone
> could look very good. It would take considerable skill to be able
> to pull this off successfully in a logo though.
> The caveman illustration rocks. Grok, the caveman, is colourful and
> playful. It makes we want to use Grok a lot :)
> The existing illustration is tricky to integrate with the rest of
> design because of the loose, hand-drawn nature of the illustration
> style. You can't set it against any background colour other than
> white. I think it might be possible to do a convincing clean-up job
> on it in Photoshop, but you would still be loosing some of the
> character of the work. I think it would be better to set the Grok
> illustration against a large white background area, and then layer
> any elements of the site design so that they overlap portions of
> the illustration.
> If we can think of Grok pose that works will the end design and
> then have a new Grok illustration produced that would also awesome.
> I did some sketches of Grok, but they are not as good as the
> originals by Felicia.
> Primary Navigation
> I agree that the existing icons need more contrast. I would
> disagree that we want to have icons as part of the navigation. The
> words we have (evaluate, learn, develop, share, download) say all
> we need to, and it can be very difficult to produce attractive
> looking icons - and even if we did have such an asset for the site,
> I still think icons detract too much from the primary content areas.
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