Mr. X
2 years ago
This was in my private mail, but deserves a public response.
The following has just occurred in IRC:
132855 I sent Mike an email (twice from different addresses) about a pro designer, who is willing to work on Friendica/Red UI and UX, but he never got back to me or the designer. Can other devs comment on this? Would you welcome a designer with a strong vision and professional ways of working?

Since my initial plea for funding to support a designer, I've had email from many potential "candidates". The results have been almost comical. The most interesting aspect is that in 80-90% of the cases, the person had never even looked at the software or the website. I didn't even bother responding to them. Aren't you even going to look at what you might be doing? Why the heck wouldn't you?

Friendica/Red both have very low barriers to entry for developers of any kind. My advice to anybody who wants to work on either project is

1) use the software.
2) interact with others who use the software
3) submit your ideas/code/whatever.

You can even skip steps 1 and 2 in some cases but I think it's a bit reckless and arrogant and this will colour my perceptions of your abilities.

Here are some of the exchanges I've already been through (and I was more polite in the emails than I'm being here).

"I can't use git. Can you set up an svn repository for me?"

"My fees are $70/hour and I require a six-month contract. What is your billing address?"
You obviously haven't been watching the results of our fund drive.
c/o General Delivery - Nome, Alaska 99762

"Your UI sucks."
Duh. That's why we need a designer.

"I just discovered that you have an MIT license".
I just discovered that you're a dickhead.

"You aren't using the Zend framework."
And this is a problem because... ?
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Mr. X
2 years ago
Agreed. At this point I think a basic mobile theme and something pinterest-like for tablets so we can point people to them as demos and call it a day. (And a bit of pcss goodness so we don't end up with greenzero-noscroll).

I don't believe WordPress ever hired a theme designer.

And I'm also starting to question whether it really ever was about the UI. I think it was more about the UX, and that's a big difference; which we're currently doing heaps about. Making friends was complicated. Reading notifications and understanding what all the numbers meant was complicated. Figuring out what all the buttons under the post did was complicated. I think that's what really was driving people crazy. Sure - the theme plays a part in making it look less complicated, but it's a lot more back-end code to make interactions flow easily and make all the extra things you don't need or want go away.
Bruce Bane
2 years ago
I think it was more about the UX...