Finishing the template for the new design
Last month @fabiyamada completed a task request to redesign our webpage. The result was received very positively in our @steemmakers community and when time allowed for it I started working on a template that can be later implemented in our web app. This was the first time I implemented a responsive web page that was this complex in design and it required a lot of work.
As a reference I'll first remind you of how the design by @fabiyamada looks like:
The design provide more than what was asked in the task request on some aspects. We were mainly looking for an update of the article previews to incorporate our scoring system. Instead we got a whole makeover including featured articles. That's something we are not ready for yet and I did not incorporate it in the template. On the other hand the design had no previews for responsive design.
We created a separated channel on our discord to discuss how things should scale and got quite a few conversations and mockups about what we could do with it. Especially @podanrj was very helpful. I had to make many small steps and every now and then I uploaded what I had to a test location so others could check it on their devices. Responsive design is about making it look good on all devices. So the more the more people having a look at it the better the feedback can be.
We discussed most about how we should place the badge in case of mobile view and how to handle the image preview. steemit.com has its own way of handling this by using a fixed ratio and cutting parts of the image in thumbnail preview. Some members had concerns about this approach because it cuts part of the image and we considered it better to show the complete image with whitespace around it. (as it is currently on steemmakers.com) In the end the consensus was to zoom the image to always have a consistent layout. It make the site looks better and it is a thumbnail. This same approach is used by many other big names such as twitter, facebook, ...
On a desktop:
On a laptop:
On a tablet:
On a mobile phone:
On an IPhone 5
I also made a 14MB animation showing all responsive transitions and the scaling of the images. I uploaded it to a separate location so to not to bother my followers on a data limit. You can find it here.
A live version can be found at https://www.steemmakers.com/test/Home.html . If you happen to see any issues let me know please.
Obviously this is only the first step. The design is sufficiently complex for a novice like myself to make a separate page first before integrating it in the web app. Our web app has a good MVVM separation so it should go smoothly to actually implement it. I'm looking forward to see all the hard work by everybody go live, but first, some more work.
Proof of work done
My github account: https://github.com/JefPatat
Relevant commits: several commits from July 17th to July 27th: https://github.com/JefPatat/SteemMakers/commits/master