Announcing the UNLedu Framework 4.0

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Announcing the UNLedu Framework 4.0

Postby smeranda2 » Mon May 20, 2013 9:25 pm

As referenced in the May WDN meeting, here is a screenshot of the UNLedu Framework 4.0 release. More details from the meeting are available in the meeting notes. A screenshot is also available in the notes.

Main advancements in new release:
  • Full-width capabilities for visual presentation - no longer stuck inside a box
  • Sticky navigation - provide consistent brand elements and usability
  • More font options - both serif and sans-serif, in addition to the brand font are available
  • Enhanced visual focus available to content - let your content shine!
This is an early mockup, and much may change. The content on this page is not official, it is simply a random sampling to show possible design ideas.

Development is underway, with the intent to produce a beta version for the June WDN meeting. Launch date for the UNLedu 4.0 is scheduled for August. Exact date will be determined based on development timeframes.

Feedback and questions are welcome. We have the opportunity to work with Archrival on this design and they're available to provide suggestions as we evolve.
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Re: Announcing the UNLedu Framework 4.0

Postby mjoconnor » Tue May 28, 2013 10:40 am

Like:
- Bigger, serif fonts
- Bands of color (and having color!)
- Centered N and college name
- simpler, cleaner

Also heard generally positive comments back from three people (and one other not impressed).

Thoughts:
- What about current tools like silvery/gray tabs, zentables/zenboxes against cream/manila?
- Red N on red shape – more contrast needed?
- Will the neutral manila color show up? Didn’t work on Union projector during the first showing at May WDN meeting, and for some monitors in our office cream and manila show up strangely or not at all – how will that affect ux?
- Given the bigger font and slightly narrower column for text copy, columnar layout seems a little less necessary, so I think this change will affect current layouts?
- How will pages without a large photo/visual look? I’m guessing most pages won’t have photos like that.

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Re: Announcing the UNLedu Framework 4.0

Postby smeranda2 » Wed May 29, 2013 9:41 am

Excellent, thanks Michael! We've shown the design and possibilities and have had only favorable reviews as well.

- What about current tools like silvery/gray tabs, zentables/zenboxes against cream/manila?
All content area designs that move to 4.0 will be redesigned to match. Silvers and grays will (likely) be diminished/replaced. Zenboxes/zentables have been discussed for over a year as on their last leg. Given the new focus on bands and opportunities these bring for content highlighting/structuring, the zenboxes will also be diminished/removed. There will still be a need for table styles, however the colors will likely take on different hues.

- Red N on red shape – more contrast needed?
Agreed. The early prototype (of which the screenshot is from) used an SVG that wasn't pixel corrected. This has since been resolved.

- Will the neutral manila color show up? Didn’t work on Union projector during the first showing at May WDN meeting, and for some monitors in our office cream and manila show up strangely or not at all – how will that affect ux?
We're carefully crafting the manilla. It's not a simple color, but we're confident the vast majority of monitors will not have a problem. Given the industry move to retina and other higher caliber displays, this is becoming a smaller issue. Provided accurate contrast is used (which is also an accessibility requirement), projectors and lower-capable monitors will be able to display sufficiently.

- Given the bigger font and slightly narrower column for text copy, columnar layout seems a little less necessary, so I think this change will affect current layouts?
By default, all current layouts using the new (or previous) grid will be supported. However, new opportunities exist to try different layouts. The v3 grid will be even more powerful here.

- How will pages without a large photo/visual look? I’m guessing most pages won’t have photos like that.
Here's an early concept I worked on for a text-heavy page without a large dominating photo. This is assumes the a slight tweak was made to format the text into a narrower column, but should work the same as our current design.
http://wdn.unl.edu/documents/UNLedu_4.0-text.png
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