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Gentoo Foundation Website Redesign Finalists
Aaron Shi
46%
 46%  [ 1452 ]
Charles-Andre Landemaine - gencorp
15%
 15%  [ 475 ]
Charles-Andre Landemaine - gentech
10%
 10%  [ 331 ]
Derek Gerstmann
4%
 4%  [ 133 ]
Iris on Mirror
20%
 20%  [ 638 ]
None of the above -- keep the existing look and feel
3%
 3%  [ 118 ]
Total Votes : 3147

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 9:37 pm    Post subject: Gentoo Foundation Website Redesign Contest -- the vote Reply with quote

While things took a bit longer than we would have liked, we're happy to announce we have selected the 5 finalists for the website redesign contest.

The finalists may be viewed at the redesign page. Please use the above poll options to select your choice. This poll closes on Friday, October 8th 2004. Thank you very much to all who submitted entries.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice designs by everyone, congratulations to all!

My vote went to Aaron Shi though because his design is IMHO the most prefessional looking.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, a lot of those designs have too many images imho. Iris on Mirror is nice but it would be better if it was purple, because most people associate that with gentoo.

My vote goes to keeping it the same.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All designs look very professional, but I don't like those pictures that make the site look like a company's website. Gentoo.org is a community site, not a company, so I voted for "Iris on Mirror" because I like it's simple, clean design. I agree with Z3RO that it should be a little more purpelish though.

Good work everyone!!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I, also, would have voted for "Isis on Mirror" if it was purple instead of green. I almost voted for it anyways, but ended up going with "Charles-Andre Landemaine - gencor"
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went for Iris on Mirror, because I think it's the most welcoming design there. Aaron Shi's design is amazing, but it seems too cold and corporate looking to me.

I agree it should be more purple though, and please can the menu be reorganised... 8O
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I voted for the gencorp one.. like it the best by far.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I voted for Iris on Mirror. It looks very professional while still not using alot of bandwidth/loading time on images and being . And I like how it seems to have more of a consistent look-n-feel across both the front page and the handbook, which may help with the flexibility and scalability requirement. A hearty "well done!" goes out to that all the authors, but I like Iris the best. :)
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My vote went to Aaron's design, but I could definitely live with Iris on Mirror as well if the colorscheme is changed.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I voted for Aaron Shi's design over gencorps because I found the darker shade of purple to be more powerful. I disliked the lavendar colour for gencorp but really liked the design. Iris was clean, and I might have voted for it if it wasn't green. I don't know about others, but when I see green in regards to linux, I think Suse.

Nice work from all finalists.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope this is okay, but I like the Iris design so much I did simply re-color it in purple. The result can be seen there: http://www.monio.de/iris_purple.png . It's far from perfect and not 100% the Gentoo purple, but I think it would look good.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

elektrohirn wrote:
I hope this is okay, but I like the Iris design so much I did simply re-color it in purple. The result can be seen there: http://www.monio.de/iris_purple.png . It's far from perfect and not 100% the Gentoo purple, but I think it would look good.

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That looks really nice!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aaron's page reminds me of the SuSE webpage. Derek's made me think of apple's webpage. I like all the designs, and was torn between Aaron's and the Iris one in the end. In the end I decided on the Iris one. I've got nothing against the green personally, but I wouldn't mind purple either.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The green used in Aaron's design makes me ill. it's a nice design but there is something about that green with that purple that just doesn't look good to me. The gencorp one looks nice too but I don't like how all the information is organized, the same goes for Derek's design. Iris is clean and simple but the green just doesn't work for me because I've associated gentoo with purple, and I don't think that association will ever go away. That leaves me with gentech. It's light, easy on the eyes, and the winner in my opinion. No offense is meant to any of the designers, they are all excellent designs but I think the gentech design just brings everything together a little nicer in a more readable way. I have to keep thinking "What could I deal with on a daily basis?".
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aaron Shi. Looks professional, nicely done. Easy on the eyes and simple.

Allthough the banner needs some work (rocket fuel part should be removed), and IMO the high performance computing part should instead read: "gentoo linux"
in exactly that case.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aaron Shi. What more can I say?

Design A+
Content A+
Accessibility A+
Simplicity A+
Professionalism A+
Gentooism A+
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah... Apple! Of course! I was wondering where I'd seen that design (of Derek's page) before...

Aaron's entry looks the coolest and has a decent information density. That enormous "high peformance computing" banner just makes it hard to look at the site because of my banner blindness... still, it's the only one with a breadcrumb trail, which I happen to find a very valuable design element. I'm not sure if the book in http://www.gentoo.org/images/wwwcontest/contest1_handbook.png is supposed to make the top navigation bar look glitchy that way, and I can't say I *really* appreciate the corporate look but... it's pretty much the best of these candidates.

I voted for keeping the old look&feel. The current website is not the most beautiful thing I've ever seen, but it's highly usable and looks like a smaller download than pretty much any of these new candidates could be made.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I Voted Aaron Shi, but I could definately go with Iris if it was purple.

I think tha having a corporate design is a good thing. There is a reason corporations use that design: It works.

To all the submitters: Very nicely done!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gencorp, nice :)
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked the gentech one myself.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 gencorp

but best would be a mix between the two "Charles-Andre Landemaine" designs : appearence of gencorp (colors, tabs, google search etc.) and disposition of gentech (left bar and 2 columns with picture at bottom) ...

Great work of each submitters !! 8)
Thanks to all of them !!

PS : sorry for my 'french' english ... :roll:
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 Iris on Mirror. clean, efficient. gentoo.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 for gentech - good colors
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, some great designs...
I took quite a bit of time flickering back and forward through the lot.

Eventually Aaron Shi's design got my vote, I just hope that when the winning design is implemented the forums become part of the site, so I can quickly navigate between the forums and other sections of the site.
My only problem with the existing site is that from the forums, there isnt a simple link at the top to return me to the main part of the site.

Anyway thats my 2pence worth.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

int2str wrote:
Very nice designs by everyone, congratulations to all!

My vote went to Aaron Shi though because his design is IMHO the most prefessional looking.

Cheers,
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