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Inayaili de León Persson

Latest from the web team — June 2014

We’re now almost half way through the year and only a few days until summer officially starts here in the UK!

In the last few weeks we’ve worked on:

  • Responsive ubuntu.com: we’ve finished publishing the series on making ubuntu.com responsive on the design blog
  • Ubuntu.com: we’ve released a hub for our legal documents and information, and we’ve created homepage takeovers for Mobile Asia Expo
  • Juju GUI: we’ve planned work for the next cycle, sketched scenarios based on the new personas, and launched the new inspector on the left
  • Fenchurch: we’ve finished version 1 of our new asset server, and we’ve started work on the new Ubuntu partners site
  • Ubuntu Insights: we’ve published the latest iteration of Ubuntu Insights, now with a dedicated press area
  • Chinese website: we’ve released the Chinese version of ubuntu.com

And we’re currently working on:

  • Responsive Day Out: I’m speaking at the Responsive Day Out conference in Brighton on the 27th on how we made ubuntu.com responsive
  • Responsive ubuntu.com: we’re working on the final tweaks and improvements to our code and documentation so that we can release to the public in the next few weeks
  • Juju GUI: we’re now starting to design based on the scenarios we’ve created
  • Fenchurch: we’re now working on Juju charms for the Chinese site asset server and Ubuntu partners website
  • Partners: we’re finishing the build of the new Ubuntu partners site
  • Chinese website: we’ll be adding a cloud and server sections to the site
  • Cloud Installer: we’re working on the content for the upcoming Cloud Installer beta pages

If you’d like to join the web team, we are currently looking for a web designer and a front end developer to join the team!

Juju scenariosWorking on Juju personas and scenarios.

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Inayaili de León Persson

Latest from the web team — May 2014

We’re fast approaching the summer, and the first few sunny days have already arrived in London. The web team cannot slow its pace though…

In the last few weeks we’ve worked on:

  • Responsive ubuntu.com: we’ve had a sprint to clean up our processes and CSS files after the big responsive release last month
  • Ubuntu.com: we’ve updated our Jumpstart service to include the exciting new Orange Box Micro-cluster and Your cloud product pages in preparation for the OpenStack Developer Summit
  • Juju GUI: we’ve finished creating new personas
  • Ubuntu OpenStack Interoperability Lab: we’ve completed the report design
  • Ubuntu OpenStack Installer: the installer was presented at the OpenStack Developer Summit last week, and we’ve done iterations on the designs based on recent user research
  • Fenchurch: we’ve moved Fenchurch into a proper Django project, nearly completed the first phase of a new asset server with a new Juju charm, and set up a new Fenchurch instance for the new legal website
  • Ubuntu Insights: we’ve made the move from Ubuntu Resources to Ubuntu Insights, and launched the desktop version of the site
  • Las Vegas sprint: we worked on updated, mobile-first bundle and charm details pages and started planning for the next cycle
  • Partners: we’ve completed the final UX and copy for this new Ubuntu website

And we’re currently working on:

  • Responsive ubuntu.com: we’re now in the process of updating our web style guide documents before the public release of the new styles
  • Ubuntu Insights: we’re adding the final touches before launching the press centre in the next few weeks
  • Juju GUI: we’re planning the work for the next cycle
  • Fenchurch: we’re working on getting the Juju charms in production for the new legal site, finishing up the asset server and planning the development of our new partners website
  • Partners: we’re currently building the new partners website
  • Legal pages: we’re now in the process of building the new hub that will hold all our legal information
  • Chinese website: we’ve finalised UX and copy for this upcoming Ubuntu site

If you’d like to join the web team, we are currently looking for experienced user experience and web designers to join the team!

Design team moving desksThe design team getting ready to move desks, at the end of April.

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Inayaili de León Persson

Latest from the web team — April 2014

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is out and it’s great! The period after release tends to be slightly less hectic than the lead up to it, but that doesn’t mean that the web team is not as busy as ever.

In the last few weeks we’ve worked on:

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release: we’ve published the latest updates to www.ubuntu.com that go alongside the latest release of Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu.com: ubuntu.com is now responsive! Stay tuned for a more in-depth post on this, and keep following our series on how we made ubuntu.com responsive; we’ve also launched a new and improved cloud section
  • Juju GUI: we’ve moved the inspector to the left of the screen, which should be live in the coming weeks, and we’re finalising user research
  • Fenchurch: we moved downloads, contributions and search to Fenchurch, so we’re now effectively off our old Drupal site, with a better geolocation solution for download mirrors
  • Ubuntu Resources: we’ve released the beta version for large screen sizes of Ubuntu Resources
  • Future of Web Design: I attended and spoke at the Future of Web Design conference, in London, where I talked about letting mechanisation into our work as web designers, and how we can move further in our profession

And we’re currently working on:

  • Responsive ubuntu.com: we’re currently working on tweaks and improvements following the release on 17 April
  • Web style guide: we’re updating the Ubuntu web style guide (still in alpha) to reflect the changes from making www.ubuntu.com responsive
  • Ubuntu Resources: we’re currently working on making the transition from Ubuntu Resources to Ubuntu Insights, after that we’ll be working on creating a press centre on the new Ubuntu Insights
  • Fenchurch: we’re working on a new front-end for our asset server and upgrading the ubuntu.com CMS to the version running www.canonical.com
  • Las Vegas sprint: a few of us are travelling to the USA next week for some intense Juju planning and work
  • Legal pages: we’re in the process of defining the information architecture and wireframing for a new hub that will hold all our legal information
  • Partners: we’re finalising wireframes and content for a new Ubuntu partners site

And, if you’d like to join the web team, we are currently looking for an experienced user experience designer to join us! Send us an email if you’d like to apply.

Delicious treats for the Ubuntu releaseDelicious treats on release day

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Inayaili de León Persson

Latest from the web team — March 2014

Spring has officially (but not technically…) arrived, and we’re getting busier and busier in preparation for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release next month.

In the last few weeks we’ve worked on:

  • Ubuntu Resources: we’ve just launched a new version of the site
  • Ubuntu.com: we’ve launched a localised Chinese homepage that highlights Ubuntu Kylin
  • Juju GUI: Matthieu has worked on a new icon set for charms which will be released in the next few weeks
  • Fenchurch: we completely rewrote the Juju charm that updates canonical.com
  • Landscape sprint: Carla has been to Rome for the Landscape team’s sprint, where she helped to wireframe changes for 14.04 and beyond

And we’re currently working on:

  • Ubuntu Resources: we’re now working on expanding the styles of the site to accommodate desktop screen sizes and adding even more features
  • Ubuntu 14.04 release: we’re reskinning the OpenStack Horizon dashboard for the OpenStack 14.04 release, and we’ve started working on updated images for the release
  • Responsive ubuntu.com: we’ve been testing on various devices and fixing lots of little rendering issues; we’ve also been tackling larger challenges like the navigation and footer; you can follow our progress in the series of posts we’re publishing on this blog!
  • Fenchurch: we’re currently updating the contributions and download pages so that it works on Fenchurch
  • Juju: we’re doing some user research to understand engineer workflows
  • Cloud section: we’ve finished wireframing and the first round of designs for the 14.04 refresh of www.ubuntu.com’s cloud section
  • Partners section of ubuntu.com: we’re at the wireframing stage of this project

This month we’ve also welcomed a new member of the team: Robin is our new back-end developer.

Testing Ubuntu Resources on a Kindle Fire HDTesting Ubuntu Resources on a Kindle Fire HD

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Inayaili de León Persson

Latest from the web team — February 2014

Time flies! February is mostly behind us now and hopefully spring won’t take too long to show up in London.

In the last few weeks we’ve worked on:

  • Ubuntu Resources: we’ve released a new iteration of the site this week — have a look and let us know your thoughts!
  • MWC 2014: we’ve created a few homepage takeovers and updated the /phone and /tablet sections of www.ubuntu.com in preparation for this event
  • Cape Town sprint: a few of us have been to the cloud sprint in South Africa earlier this month, where work focused on planning the next iterations of Juju
  • Fenchurch: we’ve been improving the Fenchurch Juju charm

And we’re currently working on:

  • Ubuntu Resources: we’ve already started working on the next iteration of the site, which should be released in just a few weeks — this time we’re focusing on medium screen sizes
  • Ubuntu 14.04 release: we’ve started to go through the long list of updates to make the site ready for the upcoming release, mainly creating and updating image assets and copywriting
  • Responsive ubuntu.com: we’re now moving full speed ahead, updating our front end framework, which powers www.ubuntu.com and other sites, to be mobile-first and responsive; a lot of the work in the next few weeks will be focused on creating new image assets and lots and lots of testing
  • Fenchurch: we’ll be finalising Fenchurch’s Juju charm auto-updating
  • Videos: we’re putting the final touches and testing the updated version of our web video player
  • Juju: in the last few weeks we’ve released a new design for relationship lines and we’ve added local charm support — you can now import local charms into an environment using the import function or by dragging a YAML file from your computer onto the Juju canvas

Here are a few photos that Luca took of the week in Cape Town, where the sun was shining.

Luca's Cape Town photosSome moments from Cape Town, earlier this month.

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Vesa Rautiainen

In January when the winter weather was at its worst in London we packed our laptops, designs and prototypes and headed to Cape Town, South Africa for Client Platform Sprint. This design sprint was a mid cycle checkpoint and the target was to get some important 14.04 designs, including Dash and Right edge swipe, reviewed and finalized.

It was an intense week with lots of review sessions and a tight schedule. But after the day’s work was done we tried to make most of our time in this astonishing place. The trip wouldn’t have been complete without visiting those vineyards, white-sand beaches and of course THE Table Mountain.

All in all it was a great work week in the sun with some bits of free time activities. Easily beats a regular week at the office. Some pictures from the trip:

Right Edge designRight Edge design

Trying to nail the DashTrying to nail the Dash

Camps Bay

Camps Bay

Table Mountain

Table MountainCape Town

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Inayaili de León Persson

Latest from the web team — January 2014

We’re now well into 2014 and working on several exciting projects that will be released throughout the year.

In the last few weeks we’ve worked on:

  • Ubuntu Resources: we’ve been working on designs for a new homepage and topic landing pages for the upcoming beta release
  • Canonical website: the new canonical.com is now live!
  • Videos: we’ve finalised the designs for a web video player, which should soon be added to www.ubuntu.com
  • Front end mini sprint: we discussed what we’ve learned from making canonical.com and how it might impact the update of ubuntu.com and of the Web Style Guide

And we’re currently working on:

  • Ubuntu Resources: we are making improvements based on feedback we’ve received and adding some new features, like filtered search
  • Ubuntu 14.04 release: we’ve finalised all the planning for the 20th Ubuntu release and have started to work through the long to-do list in the run up to April
  • Ubuntu.com: we are in the process of updating our Web Style Guide to become responsive, which will mean a responsive www.ubuntu.com
  • Juju GUI: we’re working on improved relationship lines
  • Fenchurch: an initial Juju charm has been released and we’re now enhancing it with additional hooks
  • Cloud sprint: many of us are getting ready for a cloud sprint taking place next week in Cape Town, South Africa

Office before holidays The design team’s corner right before the holidays

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Matt Turnbull

New year links

Happy new year!

Here are a couple of links that have been flying around the London office since we returned. The Verge did a recap of their most influential people of 2013.

pussy-riot

 

And there’s a report from JWT pointing at some nice trends, manifestations and insights for 2014 (thank you, Daniel, for the link).

sunday-assembly
reaper-drone
apex-brasil

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Inayaili de León Persson

Latest from the web team — December 2013

This month we’ve been working hard trying to wrap up as much as we can before the holidays and planning for 2014.

In the last few weeks we’ve worked on:

  • Ubuntu Resources: updating the site based on feedback we received from users — keep those comments coming!
  • Canonical website: getting the site ready for launch, which will happen early next month
  • Juju GUI: adding animations to the GUI
  • Landscape: providing designs for an upcoming visual update
  • Juju Labs: designing and updating the labs section of juju.ubuntu.com

And we’re currently working on:

  • Ubuntu Resources: adding topic-based subscriptions and filters in search results
  • Ubuntu 14.04 release: believe it or not, we’re already starting to look into how we’ll be updating www.ubuntu.com for this LTS
  • Ubuntu.com: updating our partner pages in the new year and adding new Ubuntu installation videos to the site
  • Canonical website: now testing the new website on various mobile devices
  • Juju GUI: refining the bundle and browse experience and interactions
  • Fenchurch: moving towards continuous integration of Juju service with Canonical’s IS team

We have also had a very fun Canonical End of Year party!

Canonical status board
A photo of our status board of the upcoming and updated canonical.com

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Christina Li

App Design Clinic #6

We have been running the app design clinic every two weeks to answer any questions from community designers and developers on the apps they are working on!

For this session we talked about the community submitted convergence designs for file manager and clock app (thanks everyone!) as well as answering some questions from our Canonical engineers submitted apps, such as:
- If your app has two equal actions- how do you provide entry points?
- What if I want to show more content, but page stack is not appropriate?
- Where should ‘About’ & ‘Settings’ go? (Not in the tabs, please)

If you missed it, or want to watch it again, here it is:

Please send your questions and screenshots to
design@canonical.com by 1pm UTC on a Tuesdays to be included in the following Wednesday clinic.

Watch this space for our next App Design Clinic time.

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Katie Taylor

App Design Clinic #5

Over the last few months we have been running the App Design Clinic and we want to thank you for all your submissions, contribution and feedback!
The Design Clinic happens every two weeks and the last one co-incided with vUDS, so we included more information on general app design as well as answering quesitons.

Here’s what happened:

- A summary of topics from previous App Design Clinics
- A run-down of where to find the necessary things and resources to design an app
- And finally, how you can contribute and participate in the clinic

The next one happens tomorrow, 4th of December. Please send your questions and screenshots to
design@canonical.com by 1pm UTC on a Tuesdays to be included in the following Wednesday clinic.

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Christina Li

On 19-21 November we had our vUDS where we got to discuss and share with the community some of the design work we’ve been doing recently.

Our topics ranged from our design blog to convergence designs to Juju GUI cloud to icon designs!

If you missed any of our sessions, don’t worry. They are all below for you to check them out!

Design Blog

Love our blog? How can we make it better? What topics would you like to see?

Responsive Design

Hear about our thoughts on converging our patterns, components and designs from phone to tablet to desktop.

App Design Clinic

Every two weeks, we gather to talk about app designs and patterns. If you are developing an app or have any questions on apps, let us know!

Designing a responsive website and web guide

We talked about the process of designing a responsive website and shared the current web style guide we have been using for the main Ubuntu.com site.

Research on Windows and Android usability

Juju GUI design evolution

User research has informed the way Juju GUI has changed over the last year. Here is the evolution of Juju GUI.

Designing icons for Ubutnu

We have been designing icons for Ubuntu Phone and Tablet and Desktop. Check them out!

Let us know what you think, or suggestions on what you want to see next from the Design team at the next vUDS!

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Inayaili de León Persson

Latest from the web team — November 2013

Even though Ubuntu 13.10’s release is behind us, we always find ways to keep busy. Here are the highlights of the past four weeks.

In the last few weeks we’ve worked on:

And we’re currently working on:

  • Ubuntu Resources: we’re iterating on the current alpha release, improving the design and adding new features
  • Canonical website: we’re currently exploring design directions and finalising the content for the site
  • Juju GUI: we’re refining the bundle experience and interactions for the 14.04 release
  • Fenchurch: we’ve been improving deployment scripts and asset deployment
  • Live chat trial: we’ve been helping the sales team to test a live chat feature on www.ubuntu.com

We also welcomed a new member of the team: Felipe is the new Lead User Experience. And we’ve learned about Karl’s cage fighting past.

Welcome lunchTeam lunch to welcome Felipe and Karl

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Christina Li

November Brown Bag lunch

Some of us in the Design team have been gathering on a monthly basis to have lunch together and share things we find interesting to us.

Today, I’d like to share with you the Brown Bag lunch we had this week.

Vesa shared with us his interest in photography and showed us some of the shots he took over time.

9690256316_8c4040a4bb_bWestminster at night by Vesa (flickr)

I came across an inspiring research done by Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art in London. The research focused on facilitating older people using mobile phones, rather than designing a simpler phone for them to use.

And, our challenge of the month was to build the tallest paper tower! Each team had 20 pieces of paper and 6 minutes, with 2 rules:

1. You can only use paper to build your tower
2.You can tear or fold the pieces of paper.

Well, I’m happy to report that Rachel, Vesa and Olga proudly won this challenge with their paper tower!

photo (2)

How would you build your tower in 6 minutes?

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Jouni Helminen

App Design Clinic #4

App design Clinic #4 focuses on icons, with questions from Stuart Langridge including:

  • guidance on creating app icons (stylistically and in terms of file format and resolution)
  • tips on how to use action icons

The presentation deck link will be shared on the blog once it’s been checked by our icon designer, and we hope to have an icons guideline with downloadable templates and full API docs online within a month.

The next clinic is held in conjunction with vUDS. Let’s make it a great one,  please send any designs and/or questions to design@ubuntu.com

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Spencer Bygraves

A week in San Francisco

I recently attended my first cloud sprint meeting held in San Francisco, and it turned out to be a great experience. It’s been 10 years since I last visited, so as well as working hard, it was nice to have the opportunity to see the city again.

Whilst there we worked on the UX and visual design for two of our cloud products, which we’ll be able to share with you soon. It was also a great opportunity to spend time with colleagues from around the world, working together during the day and having a few beers in the evening.

In terms of design, we are working to extend the cloud visual language that is being established through the Juju GUI, with a view to having a consistent suite of cloud products.

A post with some cloud designs will follow soon. For now, here’s some pictures from our week in San Francisco.

Watch this space!

 

SF-01Discussing Juju and collaborative coding

 

SF-02San Francisco

 

 

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Peter Mahnke

So I am stretching the metaphor a bit, but I think it accurately explains my experience of the recent cloud sprint in San Francisco.

The week starts with some presentations and talks about where we are now and where we want to be from a company, marketplace and product perspective.  This lasts about two hours, then all 115 of us are set free to figure out what we can do to help best achieve these visions. Things are more organised than at an unconference , there are tracks and rooms and sessions planned, but it is all very fluid.  Each day reveals itself and  the week gathers its own momentum.

Spencer, Ale and Luca looking at a wireframe
Some people are here to finish off some work and coordinate releases. Some people are trying to plan the next six month cycle with team-mates they only see a few times a year. Some people have just joined the company and some people are trying to design for the next year or more.  That’s us.

While most here are looking at April, we are brainstorming, paper prototyping, grabbing stakeholders, talking to users, meeting with developers and trying to build that shared vision for a set of products and where they might go in the future — inspiring, chaotic, impossible, crazy, amazing.

set of wireframes and post-it notes

But we are also trying to finish things off from the last cycle, pay some technical debt, polish up a few things.  We are trying to listen to what else is happening, it all moves so fast. We also sign-up to get at least four other smaller things done in the next month.

At the end of the week, a few things are finished. Even better, a few more big things are planned. Dozens of drawings, hundreds of post-it notes are photographed. We shake hands with friends and colleagues that we will only talk to online for a few months and head home to get building.

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Inayaili de León Persson

IKEA’s design process

Graham pointed out a recent Wall Street Journal article out to me as I was going on about my recent kitchen renovation (yes, I’ve used IKEA units). It gives a glimpse into IKEA’s ‘painstaking’ and, for me, fascinating design process.

IKEA kitchenPhoto by David

Even though, being IKEA, they can very much define how people will live, they go through long and careful research, which also has to be in line with their strict production processes. The symbiotic relationship between user, design, engineering, and the dedication to improving this relationship, reminded me of the design process that happens here at Canonical and Ubuntu.

Research Manager Mikael Ydholm leads a team that visits thousands of homes annually … and compiles reports from trend spotters and experts that look as far as a decade into the future.

I would love to learn more about IKEA’s design processes and their designers’ work, so if anyone knows of more in-depth articles, videos or books on it, please give me a shout.

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Katie Taylor

App Design Clinic #3

Today’s clinic included:

  • A discussion of launcher placement,
  • Brad Well’s Bible app – general design guidance
  • Michael Zanetti’s uAuthenticator app – general design guidance, plus a discussion of naming and how names appear in the dash and in the app header

The next clinic is on Wednesday 6th November. We love discussing design, so please send any designs and/or questions to design@ubuntu.com.

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Katie Taylor

Wednesday App Clinic – Update

Over the last few weeks, we’ve enjoyed running 2 Wednesday App Clinics. Thanks to all those who sent us their apps and questions. It’s been a fantastic response! It certainly has helped us to see how you’ve been using the design guides and the components, and I hope it has helped you.

The first clinic started with an introduction and then feedback on a Brad Wells’ Blackjack app, and Marcin Le?niowski’s Skydiving logbook app. The second clinic included Michael Zanetti’s GetMeWheels, Daniel Beck’s RamSamSam RSS reader and Szymon Waliczek’s uShopper shopping list apps.

Screenshot from 2013-09-26 10:22:43

If you would like feedback or to ask a particular question (and to see your app featured!) send a screenshot or link to design@canonical.com before 1pm UTC on Tuesday.

To watch previous clinics go to the Ubuntu OnAir youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/UbuntuOnAir.

The clinics are on Wednesdays at 1pm UTC at http://ubuntuonair.com/ . Join us (or watch later) to find out more.

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