WIP: Design proposal & initial main page draft
This commit (and subsequent PR) creates a design alternative draft for the qaul.net website. It aims to do three things:
- Better perceived space utilisation. On devices with medium resolution screens (i.e. older laptops) the page shouldn't feel daunting.
- Reduce colour noise. The current design is very colourful, which makes it visually quite heavy. It's a style that's frequently used in "industry websites", but doesn't lend itself (in my opinion) well to free software projects, that are less about selling themselves but education.
- Center "qaul.net" as the object of the page, not a byproduct. In the current website design, the emphasis on "Internet Independent Wireless Mesh Communication" removes the qaul.net as the object of the page. While I think it is important to mention the side-effects of the project and connections to other efforts, the website for "qaul.net" should primarily be about the achievements of this project.
Additionally to that, I think this proposal fundamentally needs to do address two things:
- Style changes
- Content (more to that later though)
- Black and white creates visual contrast, while remaining relatively neutral and easier to perceive than blue as a primary colour.
- Only using a black background in the header and footer makes the content section feel wider, making it easier to read the text.
- This proposal also adds another section of text between the "mesh" section and the "feature" section.
- This proposal swaps "multi lingual interface" for "account recoverability" and "ad hoc wifi" for "delay tolerance". I feel that both of these points are more important to emphasise (assuming a multi-lingual interface should be the default!)
- So far all "fontawesome" icons have been removed. They add a lot of noise and should be used sparingly. I'm not against adding them in again later (some looked really cool!), but I thinkk we need to think about where to apply them and how.
- The opening line is obviously written from a western perspective. I feel that having a simple opening like that would be important, but we can look for other viewpoints to highlight. The old qaul.net website emphasised "tools for the next revolution". I don't think we should stop talking about this. qaul.net can and should be useful for people going to the streets, as well as providing platforms to become internet independent with.
- So far I'm unsure how to display the "Downloads" section. I like the idea with the symbols. In the original draft of this page, platforms were simply listed as a list of bullets. Maybe we want to put all of this on a separate page? I really don't know.
- I think putting the "Contribute" section back in is a good idea, but I haven't played around with it yet.
- The footer is so far largely unchanged (and currently disabled) but I don't expect it will need that much work.
Please note that I think content changes should be addressed separately from style changes. In some cases I found they made sense, but dismissing style for content reasons would be bad. Both can be interchangeably changed from each other.