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Illustrations and design building blocks for Structured Data on Commons and GLAM documentation
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Description

What is the problem?

Documentation on Wikimedia projects usually looks a bit dull and boring, and is sometimes difficult to distinguish from other content and policy pages.
In the upcoming quarters, I will write new documentation about StructuredDataOnCommons, specifically for audiences of staff members from cultural institutions and GLAM-Wiki volunteers. These are audiences that are used to well-designed websites, and they usually have a high visual and design sensitivity. So for these audiences I think it would be very good to create documentation that is designed well and pleasantly.
The documentation will cover complex processes, and it will benefit a lot from design elements that help to make it more understandable and digestible.
And in general, I would like GLAM documentation to have its own very specific and recognizable 'style' - fitting within general Wikimedia style guidelines, but definitely with a character of its own, so that users have a sense of recognition, identity and unity when they encounter and use it.

How can we help you?

In April-May 2019, I would like to request help from CommRel's Associate designer to come up with

  1. a set of recognizable, fun and pleasant illustrations to highlight documentation about GLAM work; preferably designed according to some basic principles upon which volunteers can build their own new illustrations as well
  2. and an easy-to-apply, pleasant-looking set of page design templates and design building blocks (color scheme, title formatting, other layout elements…) for structuring that documentation.

For reference, the first set of illustrations should include the steps outlined in this workflow:
https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Resources/Data_and_media_partnerships_workflow

What does success look like?

This specific assignment will be successful when, by June 2019, we have a package of illustrations on Wikimedia Commons, and a set of page templates on meta.wikimedia.org, that can easily be used as building blocks for GLAM and Wikimedia Commons documentation.

What is your deadline?

Ideally 31 May 2019, so that the designs can be put to use immediately when I start working on documentation in June.

More information

There's a more extensive design brief in this Google document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11USW5HXNWI6bUl0M4Q27LM5Z42EOdjUTPODrto-AOz0/edit#

Details

Due Date
Fri, May 31, 10:00 AM

Event Timeline

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I will be happy to help finding inspirational GLAM images for these illustrations :-) and I'm sure the broader GLAM-Wiki community will have ideas too.

Thank you for this request and the detailed design brief!
It sounds quite fun. I can't start immediately on this, but I want to get more details on it while I work on some other tasks.

I have to admit that making vector-based illustrations from scratch would be very hard for me to achieve in a reasonable time frame. And it looks like we will produce a lot.
I am much better with manipulating/working with existing content and remixing it - and that seems to also fit into the whole mission of GLAM. Can you for example imagine the requested illustrations/visual aides to be in the style of the Gif it up for example? It seems like you really dislike the usage of icons, otherwise I think using icons to mask images (like the GLAM logo) could work, too (if the cons don't outweigh the pros).

For the design template, do you have example documentation already written that will also use the template? Or will only new documentation use it?

I might just add more questions in the design brief.

I am much better with manipulating/working with existing content and remixing it - and that seems to also fit into the whole mission of GLAM. Can you for example imagine the requested illustrations/visual aides to be in the style of the Gif it up for example? It seems like you really dislike the usage of icons, otherwise I think using icons to mask images (like the GLAM logo) could work, too (if the cons don't outweigh the pros).

Thank you for replying! I indeed hope this is going to be a fun bit of work :-)

Yes, I personally love the style of Gif it up a lot. Collages of existing bits of GLAM images was what I was thinking about too! I don't dislike icons so much; I just have the (very personal) impression that we see so many of them today that they don't always work so well - especially when they are very uniformly designed. I would be all for experimenting with masking too, so let's definitely try that as well. I'm happy to hear other ideas from your side too.

I do think collecting 'source images' is going to be quite a bit of work (looking at the large amount of time I usually spend looking up suitable images on Wikimedia Commons, for instance when I prepare a presentation), so I will already start creating a folder of inspiration images and will ping our GLAM-Wiki community for inspiration too.

For the design template, do you have example documentation already written that will also use the template? Or will only new documentation use it?

I can imagine that we can start with this one, and redesign it in the 'new style': https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Resources/Data_and_media_partnerships_workflow
I have no other draft documentation yet (at least not that I have written). Entirely new documentation will use this. I actually still need to think more about the general structure and elements that will be needed. I will add more of these in the design brief too.

Some existing community documentation that will NOT be put in this design, but I expect that the StructuredDataOnCommons GLAM documentation will contain very similar elements:

I might just add more questions in the design brief.

Looking forward!

hdothiduc triaged this task as Normal priority.Apr 8 2019, 1:25 PM
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