Here are some proposal mockups of how the next Piwik UI could look like. This is just a proposal and can be used as the base of a discussion around the future of Piwik UI.
The Piwik team currently doesn't have an html/css/UI/usability specialist so these mockups will not be implemented until someone joins the project and work with us to implement a new design.
There are various elements that have been redesigned in this proposal:
We would like to open the discussion on what the next Piwik UI should look like. We would love to welcome UI specialists on the Piwik team to help work on an exciting new design.
Please let us know your feedback in the comments.
Who did the mockups? ps I like the new logo. Is that a kiwi bird?
Added PSD files for the mockups. Note that we still need to make modifications to these mockups before they can be implemented. Particularly, we would want to mockup close to 100% of the use cases found in the Piwik reporting UIs.
Moving this to 1.0 milestone, as UI developers will help with the implementation of the mockups in Piwik!
i join from the discussion on #1048
The mockups look much better, than the current interface. -> a good step forward.
But i would like to see, that a standard UI library like extjs is used for the interface. In my opinion that will make it easier to make styleguide for the piwik ui.
ExtJS is great styleable with CSS so that we can start development without thinking on the later style, but can do that with a stylesheet later ;).
Before I go into any further discussions on the matter, I have one simple question for the powers that be.
What is the purpose of this new design? Or if I rephrase it; What is it that you want to achieve by doing this redesign?
If your answer is "we want to make it look prettier", than you are on the right track. If on the other hand your answer has more to do with making piwik a more usable, feature rich and more kickass (and I say more kickass, beacuse it already is kickass product) all around, than your approaching this from the wrong end, but more on that later.
sect2k, the main idea was to make it look prettier, more professional, keeping a similar feature set (ie. low development cost appart from the css/html conversion).
However, if there are low cost new features / improvements that we can make at the same time, that would improve the user experience, user happiness and / or usability, we would definitely consider them. Please let us know what you had in mind in particular?
@Matt - This is a much needed thing for giving a boost to Piwik UI. Can't wait for Piwik 1.0 release :), Just curious on any ETA for Piwik 1.0?
Portal Example with extJS
Charts without Flash:
With these three widgets it would be possible to build a greate easily styleable absolute userfriendly interface.
I used this library as user in opengoo/tine20/typo3 and as programmer in some other projects.
You just need to define the widgets and their orientation and extjs is building the complete html ;)
Please think about about changing the UI lib just to make piwik a more standard UI project. If you implement it nice, it would be also possible to create an adobe air version directly from the same JS ;) - cool ah ;)
Kay: I agree that jquery-ui isn't as feature rich as other widget libs such as extjs, but switching ui frameworks at this point is non-trivial, and using two incompatible ui libraries in the code would add complexity, possible inconsistency, and increase page load times.
Let's stick to the look & feel here, and postpone the toolkit discussion for post-1.0.
another problem with the mockups is, that they are not as easy to visually integrate in cms systems as a simple menu on top.
The moockups are nice if you take piwik as a standalone application. But not as a tool that's integrated in other software.
This integration should be as easy as possible to spread piwik all over opensource cms world!
ExtJS can use jQuery as base library - with that in mind you can make a progressive enhancement.
Oh an ExtJS has a cool skinning ability and there are also objects to create portals. And letting flash die is also nice.
Just some thoughts ... feel free to reply.
great work with the new layout.
note: there are still some words within the period/date chooser not using the translations.
On a fresh install using the latest rev (2544), Firefox Error Console reports (twice)
'nb_visits' is undefined