Talk: “Visual identity and Visual Consistency of the Wikipedias” by Guillaume Paumier. Link to talk’s page.
Wikimedia names and brands.
- One colour per project (e.g. wikibooks one colour for all languages that wikibooks supports)
- Official name and localised motto and transcription.
Choosing good logos:
- Good message
- Good graphic quality
- Fitting in the visual identity of the organisation. Pertaining to each other, yet unique.
Stats on other wikis:
- Around 85% of wikis are like the Wikipedia’s visual identity.
- In 74% of installations only the logo is different.
- The default is MediaWiki skin is Monobook, so most MediaWiki wikis look like Wikimedia sites, because it’s the default.
Want a different visual identity for Wikimedia wikis. Want to change the default layout.
Showed some proposed mock-ups for skins, as a starting point for discussions.
Designing a new skin is a challenge. The skin currently is rather overloaded / cluttered – has many links, disclaimers, interwiki links. Want to simplify the UI. Only 4.6% of visitors are editors, and most of the links are relevant to editors. Want perhaps to have a way of switching between viewing and editing mode.
Question of usability. Site needs to work well for everyone. Clean and simple UI, with easy discoverability.
- Nav bar between the projects.
- More visible links
- Thematic consistency
Q & A afterwards:
Q: Why no pull-down menus currently?
Idea of maybe having a small Wikimedia logo on the Nav Bar, to establish that these sites under the Wikimedia umbrella.
Q: How to proceed?
A: Some usability testing by a uni / college could be useful.
Add an experimental non-default test skin. Would be okay to add this to MediaWiki core.