Opening the floodgates! How to participate in the Drupal.org redesign project

Suddenly, there are more ways that you can be involved in the drupal.org redesign project – do any of these take your fancy?

Drupal.org Redesign Twitter Group

If you’re on Twitter (or if you’d like to be), follow the Drupal.org Redesign Twitter Group at www.twitter.com/drupalredesign

Once you’re following you can share a message with everyone who’s interested in the redesign project by sending a direct message (start the message with a ‘d’) to the group and everyone who is following the group will receive the tweet.

Something on Drupal.org bothering you? Simple ‘d drupalredesign‘ then tell us what’s bothering you (in 140 char or less!). Your messages will be shared with others on the group.

Drupal.org Redesign Flickr Group

A picture’s worth a thousand words right? That’s probably at least a few dozen Tweets ;)

If you’re a Flickr member (or you’d like to be) you can join and contribute to the Drupal.org Redesign Flickr Group. The idea is that you can post screenshots of things you think work well that we should pay attention to, or things you think need attention on Drupal.org

A good way to do this is to take a screenshot and add some notes so that we know what you think is good/bad/indifferent – if you’re Mac user, you could consider using Skitch.com (as Dries suggested in his keynote at Drupalcon recently). I’m sure others have similar great non-Mac applications to suggest!

You can also add more notes and comments to screenshots that others have uploaded.

The Drupal.org Redesign Flickr Group can be found here: http://flickr.com/groups/drupalredesign/

Drupal.org Redesign Slideshare Group

We’ve set up a group on Slideshare.net for the redesign project – any presentations related to the project will be added to this group. (Mark – you’d better put the Drupalcon keynote up when you have a spare moment!) Mark has already put up the Redesign Keynote from Drupalcon. (Thanks Mark!)

You can find it here: http://www.slideshare.net/group/drupalorg-redesign-project

Participate in one-on-one interviews during the design process

Of course, if you haven’t already signed up by filling out our short survey, you can do that too. If you do, we may contact you in the course of the next few months to ask you to review one of the iterations of the prototype we’ll be working on. We’ll have some questions for you to answer and some tasks to do. It’ll be fun! You can sign up for that here: http://icanhaz.com/drupalresearch

Of course, there is always the Redesign Group at Drupal.org which you can find and join here (http://groups.drupal.org/drupal-org-redesign-analysis) if you haven’t already!

We really look forward to having you involved in this journey (and beyond!).

Update: for those wondering, I’ve used GroupTweet to set up the Twitter group – I don’t know if this is the best solution or not so more than happy to hear your ideas/suggestions/feedback etc.

I’m still on the hunt for a good solution to auto-follow, so the group can follow you back immediately. Any recommentations?

I’ve signed up to SocialToo for auto-follow on Twitter – hopefully it works well enough!

4 Responses to “Opening the floodgates! How to participate in the Drupal.org redesign project”

  1. thatguy September 7, 2008 at 4:01 am #

    Friends don’t let friends use Twitter:

    http://i36.tinypic.com/6ocxmf.jpg

  2. leisa.reichelt September 7, 2008 at 7:59 am #

    that’s one side of the story, here’s another: http://www.disambiguity.com/why-i-care-what-you-had-for-lunch/

  3. eigentor September 8, 2008 at 2:46 am #

    I am definitely impressed of your effort. Yes, use us ;) On collecting ideas many people are better than few.

    The idea to use Flickr and slideshare is as great as simple. Hopefully we will steal it for the usability group.

  4. Thomas Schürmann September 8, 2008 at 4:10 pm #

    This is a great opening for a very ambitious project. To give user-input in the design process is for users easy – to use this input and transform it to a design that is going to be viewed and used by hundreds of people every hour is an all out effort.

    Respect. And good Luck! I’ll see, what i can do.