[openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website] Proposal for a more refreshing layout (#2435)

Andy Allan notifications at github.com
Wed Dec 4 16:33:20 UTC 2019

Thanks @7RST1 for your proposal! It's nice to have someone interested in the style of the site, since it hasn't changed much in the last few years.

For this specific proposal though, I don't think that I prefer it to what we have now. I find it hard to provide design feedback, so I'm sorry in advance. But rather than just saying "I don't like it", maybe it's helpful for me to try to explain my thought process:

* It looks a bit strange to me to have a floating menu bar on the other pages on the site. And I think it would be inconsistent to have it look different on some pages and not the others.
* It takes up more vertical space than the current menu, so takes up more room on small screens
* I think it works to even further over-emphasis the map on the front page, which I don't like. The rendered map is just a small part of what OSM is all about, and I would prefer to see the emphasis move towards other aspects of the project. This approach makes the map stretch to every corner.
* I think the floating menu looks like a series of map controls, since they now within the boundary of the map. I don't think that it looks like a menu for the other parts of the site.
* Finally, I don't think it looks particularly modern. Most sites have a flat menu bar across the top, and don't have many (if any) drop shadows around it. I browsed [some website themes](https://themes.getbootstrap.com/) to compare and they have lots of menus, but none like this.

I'm definitely interested in hearing what other people think, and also if you have alternative ideas for the design - either for the front page, or for the main menu, or for other parts of the site too.

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