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    Default Re: Design a Logo for XaRT

    Oh Grace,

    We have a whole world of designers to draw on, lets not limit ourselves to a bare-bones UX. I'm sure someone here (or more likely everyone working together) can come up with something that is functional, even function enhancing and that looks great. Xara helps artists create great art, and I think their tools should be beautiful as well.

    Maybe if you can give the designers some idea of the process the user goes through to:

    • discover what the program does
    • find out can be changed,
    • how they choose/select/signal to you that a change is requested ( can a user make more than one change at a time ie check a bunch of boxes and hit submit),
    • what kind of feed back they can get to confirm what they are about or will do?
    • how they exit the program
    • what kind of warnings or advisories they might get
    • etc.
    I'm going to open a new thread for the app UX. Maybe you can give us a list of the things you need to show and what feedback you need to get from the user to make anything happen.

    Lets really work our imaginations here. Does the application frame, chrome interface even have to be a rectangle?

    As for colors, Greens, Golds Oranges could be good. Even for the most common kind of color blind users they won't turn to blue.

    http://www.visibone.com/colorblind/ Great resource.

    http://www.usability.gov/articles/newsletter/pubs/022010new.html#ColorsthatWorktheBest


    I've copied this post to the from the Design a Logo for XaRT thead. If you are posting about UX design post here. Logo and logo colors post in the Design a Logo for XaRT thead
    Barbara Bouton
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    Default Re: Design a Logo for XaRT

    The form I suggested as a starting point was just a basic form from C#. The way things work, you design a form with inputs and then code what happens for that input. In the case of the registry tool - all we are doing is setting different items in the registry. The Xara programme reads this to guide it. So, what we a designing is the method of interacting with a user to tell us to change a registry item. And yes, looking at XaReg or XaReg2 shows you what registry entries we will most likely be changing.
    Grace
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    Xara Software XDP11

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    Default Re: Design a Logo for XaRT

    Thank you for that..!

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    Default Re: Design a Logo for XaRT

    I offer this skin as a conversation/design starter.

    Please feel free to adapt or evolve this design or say, "Rubbish - here's how it should look" (but don't say it too loud OK? ) and then submit your own design. There are many ways to skin Grace's standard form and it will be fun to see how this thread evolves with each new contribution.

    The way I see my design working is that you click on the gear teeth (which are actually tabs) and then the center panel changes to display that tabs options.

    The user can tell what tab they are on, by the large title at the top, which changes depending on which tab you've selected. The submit or close button could be at the bottom of the circle or a smaller gear could mesh with the larger gear and contain the OK Cancel stuff.

    Instead of check boxes I've used On Off toggles.

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    I've also included the file.
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    Last edited by Barbara B; 17 May 2013 at 06:25 PM. Reason: typo
    Barbara Bouton
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    Default Re: Design a Logo for XaRT

    Wow. This is what you did a 3 in the morning?

    I'm impressed!

    Moreover, I like it. It breaks from the mold and actually harkens back a little to the fun that the ArtRage and Anarchy designers used to design into the KPT stuff. I think this design deserves to be passed around and riffed upon.

    Part of "Functional" is "Fun", right?

    -g

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    Default Re: Design a Logo for XaRT

    Being a very lazy programmer, the first thing I thought was like it", the second was "how on earth would I implement it!".
    Grace
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    Xara Software XDP11

 

 

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