Points raised by designers at the 2010 usability hackfest.
- Every year we say "we should communicate better", and we don't
- The thing missing now is tools
- How would a collaborative design tool work?
- Telepathy integration for design tools, to chat with other designers
An open-source equivalent for DropBox
- notifying you of changes to remote files
- graphically showing history of files and diffs
- on a conflict, makes a copy rather than replacing/resolving
- but then how does developer/designer discussion get stored?
- this could integrate with Nautilus
- but what if they're not part of the Gnome project?
- "We need to be able to share ideas with each other without being afraid"
- It shouldn't be technical, you shouldn't need to know Git, it should Just Work
- possible components: Wizbit (wizbit.org), CouchDB, Google Wave
- Inkscape works with local files, so whatever it is should sync local files
- shouldn't require negotiating with your company's IS team to set up a server
- designers and developers can add notes to mockups (jQuery on a Web page?)
- IRC bot: "a new mockup has been posted"
- could collect IRC discussions of that mockup and post them on the Web page
- need to make the tool really simple, to attract new, non-technical designers
- make Bugzilla show thumbnails for images
- repo view (e.g. cgit) should show actual images rather than hex dumps
Who will implement this?
Desired changes to Inkscape: