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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.

1) Subscribe

To start, get the following two free accounts (all you will be asked for is your e-mail address):

  • Get a wiki account to post designs. To get one, hit "Create account" in the top right corner of this page.

2) Find a Project

Our projects are split into two categories -- visit each category to learn how we work and see what you can help with.

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Analyses

Here, we analyze aspects of LibreOffice in order to figure out what and how to design something.

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Whiteboards

Here, we're trying to come up with solutions to problems within a given timeframe.

3) Design

Take a look at our visual elements page, where you can find graphics to base your design on. Each project has a relevant art section -- be sure to check that out for inspiration. If you'd like to design icons, take a look at the Tango Desktop Project, the style LibreOffice currently uses.

The graphics you submit must be published under a Creative Commons license (CC0 works in all situations). Be careful not to violate copyright -- don't try to emulate designs from competing software and, 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.

4) Share

To post a design for a project, log in on this wiki and upload it using the "Upload file" link in the left sidebar. Each project page should have a category where you can put your submission. Use the same format as the previous poster. If there's no previous poster, have a look at a finished project or just trust your instincts.

If you have a great design idea for LibreOffice that doesn't fall into the scope of any of the projects we're working on, tell us about it on the mailing list. If you need a place to host your mockups or a thorough description of your idea, use your user page ("User:" + your user name; e.g. "User:Mirek2") on this wiki.

Any questions?

If you have a question, don't hesitate to write to the mailing list, put up a comment on our Google+ page, or talk to us on our weekly IRC chat.

If you need to contact developers about a design matter, use the UX advise mailing list.

If you have an accessibility-related problem, post to the accessibility mailing list. To subscribe to the list, either send an empty e-mail to accessibility+subscribe@global.libreoffice.org, in which case you'll receive all of its messages by e-mail, or to accessibility+subscribe-nomail@global.libreoffice.org, in which case no e-mails will be sent to you and you'll need to follow the discussion on Nabble.