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Re: How do the brand style guidelines relate to the desktop?


HI Alan

Alejandra, cc'd, is returning from maternity leave shortly to lead web
app design at Canonical. That will include bringing a HIG & CSS to bear
for apps which want to look like Ubuntu web apps (though of course our
web app framework extends to apps that follow their site guidelines too).

I'm sure Alejandra would like to have a joint community/Canonical
perspective throughout, so you and others are welcome to chat with her
(I'm hoping her email address has been reactivated already...)

Ivo Weevers, cc'd, leads design broadly at Canonical and will definitely
be at UDS in Copenhagen if you'd like to chat then.


On 27/10/12 23:06, Alan Bell wrote:
> In my previous mail I stated that we don't have a style guide, this is
> plainly incorrect as we do have http://design.ubuntu.com featuring
> lots of information on style for communication pieces and web based
> stuff. Looking through it though I can't see that it is a style I
> would want to apply to a web application, and if I did, it wouldn't
> really look like a seamless part of the desktop.
> On the desktop we have the chameleon coloured launcher, with the
> buttons with particular shading, we have the top panel with a
> particular grey colour, we have windows with round corners at the top
> and square corners at the botom, with a shadow, the top bar is the
> same dark grey as the top panel. The HUD and dash have white text on
> the cameleon background and a fat grey border with a shadow (none of
> our shadows match by the way) None of this appears to be in the design
> guide, and if I do put together a website that matches the design
> guides perfectly it still doesn't really look like it natively belongs
> on the desktop.
> I am not quite sure how to deal with this, perhaps we should be trying
> to use dots on the desktop somewhere (perhaps window status bars
> should have tight enterprise dots on them or something) and pick out
> more of the colour palette in the launcher and panel. Having the
> chameleon colour and window title/panel colour exposed into the
> browser through webapp integration would be helpful.
> Alan.

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