[Osmf-talk] design

Michael Kugelmann MichaelK_OSM at gmx.de
Tue Dec 20 00:04:31 UTC 2011

On 16.12.2011 20:41, SteveCoast wrote:
> We talked at the board meeting a fair amount about design and user engagement on osm.
let me give comment on the two sub-points mentioned on this email: logo 
an web page.

Some general and basic words in advance:
we all know that OSM in a doacracy and things tend to end in endless 
discussions. And the OSMF should maybe play a larger role in the 
project. On the other hand the OSMF should reflect the community => so 
nothing should be done "against" the community.

* We changed the logo some months ago. Even this really small change 
caused some discomposure in the community: the change just happened and 
was not preannounced. This is IMHO no good style and needs to be avoided 
in future! So please discuss with the community before taking a 
decission about a change!
* Please also consider people who put effort on merchandising on their 
own risk => they may be using the present logo and have problems with 
the change (who wants to buy old stuff)

* IMHO: it was discussed (or should I say agreed) multiple times that 
the web page needs an ovehaul. => should be fine.
* As some people say: OSM is just more than a map => the map should IMHO 
not be that much in the foreground. It should IMHO just be linked (but 
with a higly vissible link) from the front page and be available e.g. 
under www.osm.org/map . Instead www.osm.org should provide information 
on the project. The wiki provides some frustration for people who just 
want to get some basic informations on the project: it is too complex 
and too confusing.

Just my 2 cents,

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