Mockup 1 is amazing. I may be willing to put something towards this (about $20) but I need more detail about it. Is this $200 actually covering the cost of creating what I am seeing in the mockup? Who is actually doing the work? Has the Open Office team and community approved this design for inclusion in the core project?
I don't know. I've opened this because I think LO really needs a new UI and said I will spend 100$ for it (and somebody else from our LoCo is also willing to spend 100$), not that I'm going to work on that.
But I've never heard that somebody is really working on a new UI in LO, so I though maybe somebody is more willing to pick this up if he gets some coins (or I would also donate the money to the LO-Foundation if this gets fixed, what ever the person creating the UI wants).
I'm just willing to spend money for that, I'm not asking for 200$ for making it (did I choose the wrong one in this CMS? I though it's working this way around).
Lucas: maybe you didn't notice there already is a design team: http://www.libreoffice.org/get-involved/ux-visual-designers/
I've never said there is no design team (I really hope there is one in such a big project). But since they haven't done a new UI yet and I've never heard (nor seen on their wiki) that they're really working on a new UI (coding) I though some money may speed the things up and get some more people interested in getting involved.
Lucas: you should get in touch with the design team and maybe change this issue to a specific UI/UX related task after discussing with them about the best way to proceed. Or it might be a bigger task split into subtasks/milestones like the GEGL/GIMP project by Nicolas Robidoux. I am with you in spirit, but my funds are going toward PDF stuff now ;)
Yes, same here. I really appreacate the ensuiasum and would like to help but I think you and you friend should get in touch with the team first and find out more about where they are at. It is likely that they have done some significant planning already. I have heard that UI changes are very complex and very time consuming. They also require significant testing that would need the support of the team as well as of individuals like you and I. Just a suggestoin but please keep at it and I wish you the best of luck with all of your efforts. We all want to see the interface improve.
The current strategy of LibreOffice is to make small improvements, one by one, to the User Interface. There will likely be no one big change with a new UI.
Some design related enhancements were collected here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Design/Blueprints
You might consider sponsoring them instead.
Thanks, Samuel M.! I'll make a list of the current proposals I consider promising:
See more at https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development/GSoC/Ideas#User_Interface. Personally, I think a good start would be realizing one of the color picker mockups.
Here's the good stuff.
And the “Waiting to be Addressed” area of the archive as well.
I don't want to pay for something people are already working on, I'd like to push LO forward that finally something happens with the UI.
If no one wants to work on this, I get some more beer for me or invest it in KDE.
Don't post your ticket ads here just because you think I should do it another way.
Technically, any bounty on this page is paying for something that people are already working on, just in a way that isn't practical - there's no clear recipient at the end of the project, nor is there a clearly defined completion metric. The UI changes are a huge job, and it makes sense for the LO folks to break it up into incremental improvements, and it makes sense for us to work with that. It gives finer control over who gets paid for UI improvements, and more control over the direction the new UI takes. Either way, you're not pushing people to work on new/unplanned things, you're accelerating the existing development process, and that's absolutely important enough to support.
If you're determined to wait for some Hercules to complete this ambiguous job single-handed, leave your money here. If you see that as an unreasonable expectation, but still don't want to support the UI upgrade process any other way, then by all means invest in beer and KDE. If you accept the unreasonability of the Hercules method and still want to spend money improving the UI, put some money on the color picker and the monochrome icon sets, both of which are some of the biggest (and yet most straightforward) steps toward the new UI currently approved by the design team.
I'm saying all this as a former sponsor of this bounty. I didn't want to have to think about the details of this project, I just wanted to help throw money at it until it happened. But the truth is, it won't happen without a deeper and more specific involvement in the UI project. Much as I'd love to toss my money in the pot and watch things done, that money won't get things done, because it's a reward for something that's too big, too much of a team effort, and too vaguely defined. Leaving the money here does nothing to get us closer to the new UI. That's why I'm posting all those links - because that's where the money would make a difference, and I'm trying to make it as frictionless as possible for other people to move their bounties to tickets where those bounties will have an impact.
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