Design

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Make it just work, and look great too!

We're involved in both user interface (UI) design (interaction design for the best utility, usability, and accessibility of LibreOffice and its website) and graphical design (visual identity elements, artwork, UI polish, and other design work).

We're always looking for volunteers, so feel free to lend a hand -- no advanced design skills necessary.

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Whiteboards
(→ Archived Whiteboards)
Development Blueprints User Experience Principles
(→ User Experience Guidelines)
Artwork Resources
(→ Branding Guidelines)
Meetings
Join
Report UX Bugs
  • See other UX bugs for inspiration. If it breaks a UX principle or guideline, it's a UX bug.
  • Report usability bugs.
  • In the Summary field, describe the problem, not the solution.
    • Rather than saying "X should be Y", say "I can't figure out how to X" or "I expected X, but Y happened".
  • In the Description, mention what you were trying to accomplish, how you tried to accomplish it, what you expected to happen, and what actually happened.
  • Feel free to propose a solution at the end of the description or in a comment.
    • If your proposal is long or includes mockups, put it on your user page and provide a link to it in the comment instead.

Take a look at Fabiana Simoes's GUADEC presentation for more tips.

Basic workflow
Design
  • Visit our whiteboards to learn what we are currently working on and see what you can help with.
  • To post a design for a whiteboard, upload it and add it to the whiteboard's Proposals section.
    • If you have a design idea that doesn't fall into the scope of our whiteboards, tell us about it on the design mailing list.
  • The graphics you submit must be published under a commons-friendly CC license: CC0, CC-BY, or CC-BY-SA.
    • Be careful not to violate copyright.
    • Don't try to emulate designs from competing software.
    • If you're using others' work in your design, be sure to comply with their license.
  • The source of your design should be editable within an open-source image editor, such as Inkscape, GIMP, or Pencil.
    • PNG is our preferred format for images you upload to the wiki.
    • SVG is our preferred format for source files of vector images, which you don't have to publish unless you're asked to.


Develop
  • To look for designs to implement visit the blueprints page.
  • If you are looking for design related bugs you can find them here.
Questions?