[wp-ui] First steps

Shane A. Froebel shane at bugssite.org
Tue Jan 19 19:59:38 UTC 2010

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Jane and Co.,

Shane Froebel checking in!

Location: Long Island, NY, USA

I work with the WordPress development team and also being a core
contributor to the code (no commit). My background is mostly in PHP,
CSS, and XHTML. I am however pretty bad at designing something, but once
it's built, I can help code it.

My contribution will be in those skills sets above and testing the
interface and commenting on wireframes/mockups for refinement before
they get to a final design structure.

I usually hang out in #WordPress-dev, but not idling in #wordpress-ui.

My personal site is the only thing I really done that is published. I do
work another FT job and it's hard for me to be as active as I want to
be, but I do have goals to do this FT with the community that I grown to
be a part of.

That's about it! Talk to you all very soon!

P.S. 300... wow.

Your Friend, Shane

On 1/19/2010 12:10 PM, Jane Wells wrote:
> Hi everyone. Almost 300 people have signed up for this list, which was
> way more than I expected. I'm not sure how many of you are people who
> actually want to get involved and contribute to the UI/UX work that goes
> into making WordPress, vs. how many are developers or users who just
> want to keep up with what's going on or offer feedback on other people's
> design work, so I think the first thing this list should do is help
> everyone get to know who's here. Lurkers need not do this, but if you're
> planning to contribute to the UI work ahead, please email this list and
> tell us a little bit about you: Your work background/current job,
> specific design/usability/accessibility skills/talents that we should
> know about/make use of, what you hope to contribute to WP UI, your
> location/time zone, and maybe the one UI thing you would like to address
> in WP if given the chance. My main goal here is to find out how many
> people of all the subscribers are actually people who can wireframe,
> make comps, run usability testing, etc, vs. simply wanting to weigh in
> with opinions on the work of others (which can happen on Trac tickets).
> This list is meant to be a working group.
> After people have had a day or two to introduce themselves, we'll have a
> better idea of how many people are actually planning to participate in
> this list for now, and can plan accordingly. I've got a list as long as
> my arm of potential design projects we can divvy up into groups, so
> knowing people's backgrounds and interests will help determine which
> projects we hit first. We can also then decide on a day/time for a
> weekly UI chat in IRC.
> I'm in the process of setting up a site for this group to use a la
> wpdevel.wordpress.com, and will start adding people as authors once we
> have created teams and begun working on projects and there are things to
> report. I'll need to know your wordpress.org login name to add you to
> the site. Usability people are welcome and encouraged to speak up also,
> not just designers. Getting the plan up and running for distributed
> testing is on the goals list, too.
> I guess I'll start. I'm Jane, and am the main UX person for WordPress. I
> led the admin redesign of 2.7, and work closely with the core team on UI
> changes. We never have time to get to everything, so there's still a ton
> left to do. I work for Automattic, which donates a big chunk of my time
> to the open source project. Before this job, I'd worked at agencies,
> companies and research groups in almost every front-end web job there is
> over the last 10 years. Though mostly UX stuff, I've also done project
> management, content development, HTML, visual design, testing, etc.
> Right now I'm a bottleneck for UI changes in WordPress, and anyone who
> works in this industry knows that it takes a lot longer to create a
> wireframe deck than it does to sketch an idea, so I'm hoping to grow
> this group into a healthy contributor community so that I can step back
> into more of a advisory/curatorial role rather than slowing things down
> while I draft wireframes or conduct individual testing sessions. I'm on
> the east coast, and would love it if the weekly chat could be during the
> day sometime before 3pm, but if the majority needs to have an evening
> meeting instead, I can work with that. I traditionally do wireframes in
> Omnigraffle, but would like to find a good open source tool (the ones
> I've tried haven't been great) that we can all use for this if possible.
> I generally go for Photoshop for comps, and have not found GIMP to be an
> adequate substitute, though I'd love to move visual design to open
> source tools as well. Suggestions are welcome.
> I'll be happy to answer questions, point to resources etc for those who
> want to get involved. However, this is not the right place (yet, anyway)
> to come if you are just getting started and want to learn the design/UX
> trade as a new career move or something. I'd like to start off with more
> experienced UI/UX people just to get some processes nailed down. I hope
> that in the future the WP UI group will be an awesome place to come to
> learn new skills.
> Who's next?
> Jane
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