Monday, August 11, 2008

Sweet usability

Finally CommunityManager is getting a sweet admin interface. This has been mooted for a while, but as the 6.0 sprint has entered its hardening phase I've really had a chance to play with it. Kudos to the Elcom Implementation team as they've pulled out all stops to get hundreds of pages re-designed. Also great work by the dev's own Elena as she pulled together the new dashboard from some frankly scary legacy code and sketchy UI wireframes.

The best bit about the changes is that we are finally seeing some of the usability knowledge we apply to client site's applied to the core of our own product. Links are more obvious, the intent of various actions is clearer and we're achieving a much cleaner look and feel with greater consistency across different areas (not inconsequential, given we're talking about pages created over the last 8 years!).

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