The design ideas are not really ready for a poll. I wanted to get a lot of feedback first, but that has not really happened.
Thanks for the comments!
I disagree that these additions to the template do not communicate something of benefit. Of course you remember the explanation I gave at the WDN meeting. The tabs intend to bring the concept of Husker red more into the page; the image border is the same. It is meant to be simple
emphasis, while still fitting into the overall look-and-feel of the UNL template.
To answer your specific point, it is important to make sure that the highlighted tab does not seem out of place, so the red has to exist in all the tab areas, active or not, in some manner (maybe just in the horizontal line). My solution is an inspiration -- and not a final answer -- but it is on the right track. Simply having an active tab which is red and no other red turned out weird. My attempts at "red in the active tab only" did not work, so I look forward to Seth's thoughts on the matter.
Since this is not really a very active place for discussing WDN ideas, I would suggest just waiting until the next WDN meeting to present any changes.
There is a problem with multiple colors, which Seth himself has allowed about the zen boxes. I explained this best in the chat room: "People - if given colors - will use colors as a representative for *meaning*, rather than just an overall theme. That's the problem. This red border inherently defines it's meaning - it calls attention to the image. The zen colors DO NOT inherently have a meaning (except for calling attention); thus, there is a problem with zen which would not exist for image borders." That is, multiple colors actually dilute the effectiveness of the message ("emphasizing an area") rather than enhance the message, because there is more than one message.
Further, semantic use of colors is not universal, either in people's understanding, nor in the template. To say that one color is "warm" and another is "cool" is not a universal statement. For the viewer, the actual meaning of the color itself will never be very clearly defined.
Finally, a border is a separation of areas. The context defines whether the separation needs to be subtle or striking. On a very busy page, the light grey border is often inappropriate (e.g., http://www.huskers.com/
). On a page that wants to draw attention to pictures, subtlety is ineffective (e.g, http://ucomm.unl.edu/
Thus, there should be only two colors for the image borders: one for strong emphasis and another for weak emphasis.
I think it is great that I was able to inspire UCOMM to address these WDN issues seriously, and take up work on my design ideas. I look forward to Seth's improvements on the tabs. If anyone has any improvements for the red image border, bring them along as well.