After several months of collaborative design with the Open Technology Institute and other project partners, we launched a new online home for the Commotion project — connecting both developers and users to mesh networking tools. Before designing this site, we created the Commotion brand identity, conducted user research, explored user interface design for the Commotion mobile software, and researched other open-source communities.
This site is run on Drupal and the Omega base theme. It is responsive to browser size and was built with visual accessibility in mind (with sufficient contrast and without relying on color coding). It makes frequent use of the Context, Media, Panels, Wikitools, and Book modules in Drupal. Using Drupal’s basic role distinctions, different areas of the site will eventually be edited by different teams or staff members as the Commotion community evolves. Team leaders will have access to specific areas of the site that they are responsible for. And, blog submissions are welcomed from anyone working in the Commotion community.
"Presented herein is the PostScript Implementation of the Digital Cartographic Standard for Geologic Map Symbolization, which will enable users to directly apply the symbols in the standard to geologic maps and illustrations prepared in desktop illustration and (or) publishing software." (http://pubs.usgs.gov/tm/2006/11A02)
"In order to help build the most effective Commotion online community, we’ve conducted basic research to gain an understanding of infrastructures that other software development communities use... We found that, while a variety of communication strategies, governance structures, and social cultures exist, there are some shared elements that appear to make a community strong and effective." Read the report at Commotion's wiki.
- Website Development
- Visual Design
- Participatory Design
- Communication Strategy