[theforum] Design by community

Tara Cleveland tara.cleveland at gmail.com
Fri Feb 20 06:45:15 CST 2009

Hi Adrian and all,

After the reading the article I'm not sure I'd call that "design by
community", but would call it "surveying your users after design and
making adjustments". The other questions you'd have to ask are:
whether we'd get the hundreds of responses she says are necessary for
the results (I don't think we would), and whether or not you think the
drupal.org redesign was a successful bit of good design (which I think
is debatable). Nevertheless, it's an interesting idea. I'd still do
user testing and a survey of users after a design - regardless of what
you call it. :-)

My 2 cents.


On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM, adrinux <adrinux at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
> --
> TheForum Archives: http://lists.evolt.org/theforumarchive/
> evolt.org wiki: http://wiki.evolt.org/
> teamwork site: http://evolt.teamworkpm.net/

More information about the theforum mailing list