[Haskell-cafe] Haskell.org re-design

Don Stewart dons at galois.com
Sun Mar 28 17:54:35 EDT 2010

This looks great! 

What are the implementation details of having this go live?

    * Ashley: would you be able to e.g. install an index.html like this,
      and hang the wiki under it?
    * How do we allow editing (by trusted users?)

-- Don

> This is a post about re-designing the whole Haskell web site.
> We got a new logo but didn't really take it any further. For a while there's
> been talk about a new design for the Haskell web site, and there are loads of
> web pages about Haskell that don't follow a theme consistent with
> Haskell.org's, probably because it doesn't really have a proper theme.
> I'm not a designer so take my suggestion with a grain of salt, but something
> that showed pictures of the latest events and the feeds we currently have would
> be nice. The feeds let you know that the community is busy, and pictures tell
> you that we are human and friendly.
> Anyway, I came up with something to kick off a discussion:
> http://haskell.org/haskellwiki/Image:Haskell-homepage-idea.png
> It answers the basic questions:
>   • What's Haskell?
>   • Where am I on the site? (Answered by a universally recognised tab menu)
>   • What's it like?
>   • How do I learn it?
>   • Does it have an active community?
>   • What's going on in the community? What are they making?
>   • This language is weird. Are they human? -- Yes. The picture of a recent
>     event can fade from one to another with jQuery.
> The colours aren't the most exciting, but someone who's a professional designer
> could do a proper design. But I like the idea of the site being like this;
> really busy but not scarily busy.
> Subsections of the site could use the header and footer and heading theme, but
> have a completely different primary-content layout. Probably sub-sections would
> need a left-nav. Keeping the design simple like this also makes it easy to
> theme the current Wiki to fit in with it seamlessly.
> Personally I don't have a problem with the existing site, functionally. It has
> all the stuff I want to look at. The only stuff that I had issue with as a
> newbie was finding The One Book I Should Read and The One Download I Should
> Get. The current site is starting to address this with a "Download Haskell"
> button. However, looking at it as a marketing site, it does look pretty lame
> and messy, and it gives you that impression of Haskell. So if people who own
> the site are going to redesign it, I thought I'd contribute a bit.
> Anyway, please contribute your ideas. (Again, I'm not a designer, so you don't
> need to pick at the aesthetics, a real designer can sort that out.)
> Cheers!

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