FreeBSD's backwards webdesign / corporate identity
abletony84 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 9 16:55:14 UTC 2012
Thanks everyone for all the feedback - it has been most helpful!
Just to clarify, Siegel+Gale and the UK Design Council are just the places
where I work. I should have taken them out of my signature to avoid
confusion, my bad.
I will start work on a major
FreeBSD. I really liked Mikkel's suggestion of going back to the
take it from there, so that's what I will be doing. It might take a
couple of months though.
On Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 5:05 PM, Jerry McAllister <jerrymc at msu.edu> wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 08, 2012 at 02:40:12PM +0200, Tony wrote:
> > Hello!
> > As much as I love FreeBSD, I'm a bit alarmed by its webdesign / corporate
> > identity. Since FreeBSD is the world's best OS, I believe it should have
> > design that reflects this. A design that is so neutral and stripped of
> > unnecessary details that the user's attention is directed straight on to
> > the content as opposed to how the content looks. A design that you can
> > at over and over without getting annoyed.
> Whereas there are a few small things I could see improved in the
> FreeBSD website, generally, it is functional and does what it is
> supposed to do; provide information about FreeBSD for people looking
> for information. It is not there to be wallpaper for someones desktop.
> > The current design is an uneven mix of various styles, and seems more
> > forced than well thought out. First you have the shiny Satanic
> > logo (yes, despite what y'all say, it's still Satanic) that might look
> > the first few times one looks at it. Now though it's more like "what the
> > hell *is* that thing anyway"? (ref: Tres
> > Logos<
> Don't see anything useful there.
> As far as the sextoy logo, can't say that I like it, but Where is
> anything better?
> > )
> > Then you have a surrounding layout trying to cater to that logo, but
> > miserably as it was made by programmers as opposed to people with an
> > education in design <http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/>. There is no
> > flow <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laminar_flow> and the whole thing
> > comes off as corny <http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=corny>
> > and this makes us all look bad. I also hear
> > PostgreSQL<http://www.postgresql.org/>is planning to sue FreeBSD for
> > stealing its design.
> The FreeBSD site heirarchy of information leading to further information
> is a bit ragged in places, but show us something better. The Royal Academy
> front page is not too bad of a website home page, but isn't really
> appropriate to FreeBSD.
> FreeBSD is a serious working project, not some bling bling sales site.
> > I propose a new, supersimple look for FreeBSD based on
> > Helvetica<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkoX0pEwSCw>.
> > No devil logo, no bells and whistles, just straight forward "FreeBSD" -
> > world's best operating system. So simple that hardly anything it will go
> > out of fashion and need to be replaced, so simple that it'll remain as
> > current now as it will be a hundred years from now.
> There was nothing there. The site didn't work.
> > "Perfection is achieved, not when there's nothing left to add, but when
> > there's nothing left to take away."
> I looked at the URLs that you include and saw nothing that made
> any sense relative to FreeBSD.
> The socalled 'design council' page made one of the cardinal errors
> in web page design by making it a fixed width beyond the browser
> window's size. It subverts browser reflow. I hate that. It
> abuses the whole sysem and makes it hard for people so hav a desktop
> layout the way they want/need. eg, it trashes the page.
> So, come up with some actually good design before you next barf
> all over the list. Then, maybe someone will incorporate some
> of the worthwhile ideas.
> > Tony
> > http://siegelgale.com/ <http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/>
> > http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/
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