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Leisa Reichelt – Drupal.org redesign
How do you design for a large Open Source Community? That was the problem Leisa Reichelt
faced when commissioned to do the redesign of the Drupal.org site.
“You can’t do it behind closed doors,” she said, “and you need to give
the community a say in what they consider their home.”
built a form in Google Apps, to solicit community members who would
give feedback during the design process. Wireframes were crowd-sourced
on Flickr. They monitor Twitter for the “drupal” keyword.
In the end, they have something like 12,000 opinions, but Leisa suggested that you don’t need to respond to them all.
“You look at the themes,” she said “and you give feedback generally, to show that they are being listened to. “
Rafi Haladjian of Violet
- Step 1: Connect rabbits
- Step 2: Connect everything else.
believe that currently we keep data in a “fishbowl”, concentrated in a
single space in our homes, usually the PC. The remaining stuff is dumb
going to push forwards with connected objects by launching the mir:ror
– an RFID-reading mirror that can talk to your computer. For example,
waving your Oyster card overit will make your commputer immediatly
show you travel conditions. You’ll be able to buy RFID tags and add
them to your own objects and choose what they do.
wasn’t very good at giving compelling examples of why things should be
connected to the internet – but boy, he believes they should be.
Too entertaining not to share:
“There are times when markets are prepared to give entrepreneurs ridiculous money and times when their refusals are ridiculous,” he said.
- There are distinct differences in national character which you need to take into account as you spread. The Germans use Fon to save money, the Japanese see it as an altruistic act.
- It’s essential to have a great team supporting him. He has an inability to do just one thing.
- Sometimes, though, he just burns out and takes two year vacations – particularly after downturns. I believe the phrase “lucky git” applies.
- The concept of a salesman is really bad in Europe, but we all need to be one. Product design is the other part.
Pahlka: “The degree of serendipity driven something like Twitter actually creates more events.”