[theforum] Design by community

adrinux adrinux at gmail.com
Fri Feb 20 06:01:55 CST 2009

A bit of Friday pondering...

Just read Leisa Reichelt's blog "design by committee vs design by
community (things we learned from the Drupal.org project)"[1] about
the approach taken to the drupal.org redesign.

There's an attitude around evolt that any design/redesign or evolt
should be carried out by privately by a small group away from public
view because 'design by committee sucks' -  very true. Also that users
of the site shouldn't have to be involved in the running of it, leave
that to enthusiastic volunteers...

But it seems design by community is not the same as design by
committee. After reading Leisa's article I wonder whether evolt.org
wouldn't actually benefit from wider community involvement. Maybe it's
a bit early to say, drupal.org has yet launched it's redesign. Maybe
the evolt community is now too small for this to work well.

Anyway, have a read:

[1] http://www.disambiguity.com/designbycommunity/

Adrian Simmons | http://perlucida.com

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