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From cinnebar <>
Subject Re: [ann] Relaxville, test suite reporter
Date Fri, 16 Oct 2009 05:03:04 GMT
On Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 1:49 PM, Oliver Boermans <> wrote:

> 2009/10/16 Noah Slater <>:
> >
> > I think the real problem is that it is has nothing to do with CouchDB,
> heh.
> Any good design solution needs the problem to be defined upfront,
> otherwise the only tool at your disposal to measure it’s success is
> personal and likely irrelevant.
> So I would first ask a few questions regarding the intended context
> and purpose of the design in question:
> - What does it need to communicate?
> - Who does it need to communicate to?
> - etc

hey great feedback!

I was thinking that a public access Relaxville instance may be a url users
in initial orientation phase would hit quickly and so it may be useful to
tie it to a consistent CouchDB look and feel with particular distinct
attributes for any given page.  The design I came up with was a spontaneous
reaction so I expect weight either side of 0 is valid and thinking about it
more now the pin up girl element may be particularly problematic.  The font
was mostly ref to JChris's presentations...

In the scope of the discussion a banner type graphic can convey a unique
look and feel quickly and is very easy to swap out in the source
dir/location rather than the css or code when refreshing the look and feel
of a page so that aspect of the design is with a view to potential
maintenance requirements.  It allows distinctive pages that may otherwise
have a more generic function specific thin layer of markup which may be
updated separatel.  The dimensions and content of such a graphic would be
important to overall page markup.  Currently the CouchDb homepage has
similar structure but the style on the nav is more tightly coupled to the
graphic, or vice versa.

If you are looking to brand a tool it’s useful to define what the
> proposition is for potential users first.

Of course I would love it if everyone thought the "Relaxing With Women From
the 50s" design was great and immediately useful but realistically if it
serves as a  set of fixed parameters to focus a redefinition of the
obviously quickly evolving 'branding' and maintenance parameters then that
is a good thing.

> What does CouchDB offer that distinguishes it from available alternatives.

hmm...the short answer?

> From my experience with it so far “Relax” is excellent starting point!

...totally recommend relaxing even when not using CouchDB...hehe


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