[UPDATE] Didn't realize people were viewing this. I've now uploaded some of the other pages
I'm working on so people can see how it's going / give feedback (please be nice!).
[UPDATE] An example of a downloads page is here
[UPDATE] An example of the design with featured artwork inserted is here
This is my submission to the Inkscape Call for Designs
. It's based on the old layout I did last time, but brought up to standard with today's trends.
- The colour scheme was chosen to allow featured artwork to stand out regardless of the colours used in the composition (featured artwork could be chosen from a monthly illustration contest). The colour scheme is however open to change.
- The feature section was designed as a content slider, so that when the icons below are hovered/clicked, the feature section fades in relevant text, background images and buttons. It is designed to give new users a quick idea of what Inkscape is, what it can do, where to get it, and how to use it.
- Content below the feature section is dummy content (I assume it would be dynamic widget-type content loaded by a CMS - introductions to content elsewhere on the site).
- A drop-down navigation system keeps the navigation clean and uncluttered. The sample links are based on the content outline here. A prominent "Donate" button was included to make it easy to support the Inkscape project.
- The overall design is meant to appeal to hobbyist and professional users, without being too masculine or too feminine. (The 2D illustration sector is not necessarily as masculine as the 3D illustration sector, so the Blender.org analysis on "the typical blender user" may not apply.)
The design would be relatively easy and lightweight to implement - the gradients and rounded corners could be done in CSS, with non-CSS3-compliant browsers simply getting flat-colours and/or square-corners. jQuery (or other) plugins would allow the dynamic feature section, language switcher [link]
and login [link]
I would be willing to make changes based on requirements, usability, content, etc.
Wow! What a huge description. Clarity is everything I guess.