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From "Alexander Shorin (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (COUCHDB-2235) CouchDB logo location on sidebar: at the top or at the bottom?
Date Sat, 10 May 2014 22:10:17 GMT


Alexander Shorin commented on COUCHDB-2235:

I was asked about filling the issue, I filed it.
The issue type isn't bug or feature, it's a question. If I cannot ask about the reasons of
such decision, I'll convert it into the bug as functional degradation.
I don't promote own personal opinion, I'm doing review and providing feedback. If Fauxton
team doesn't need in it, I'll stop to do that.

> CouchDB logo location on sidebar: at the top or at the bottom?
> --------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: COUCHDB-2235
>                 URL:
>             Project: CouchDB
>          Issue Type: Question
>      Security Level: public(Regular issues) 
>          Components: Fauxton
>            Reporter: Alexander Shorin
> In COUCHDB-2234 was point about CouchDB logo location on sidebar. Why I said that it's
ugly and doubtful decision?
> 1. Fauxton looses brand context. When you open the main page the hot eyes spot is the
sidebar top and middle of the page with database names. In fact, you didn't see the logo at
the bottom unless you'll look on it. Actually, no one web site provides hot spot for bottom
corners (except for the right one, but that's Windows users specific) - you may easily ensure
in that by reading about eye tracking technique.
> Why this is bad? There is Fauxton for CouchDB, Cloudant, I know there is port for PouchDB. may be also take Fauxton instead of Futon. Anyway, there are couple of products
which are uses Fauxton and actually they only difference between by two moments: colour schema
(if project has designer and spent time to rewrite all the styles) and project logo (which
is easily to fix since you don't have to be designer or spend a lot of time for fixing css).

> So we have the quite awkward situation: we're opening Fauxton and we don't know which
product it belongs to until we explore all the corners. Also note, that CouchDB logo in Fauxton
is out of hot eyes spot since it shares overall design colour schema.
> 2.  Loosing functionality. In Futon and for old Fauxton sidebar the logo served two proposes:
branding and implicit button to collapse sidebar. Now they are split into two different elements
which causes:
> - reducing available space for real "burger" menu elements. Actually, for height 768
px (13'' screen) there is no more free space for new menu items: every new ones will causes
scroll bar which makes design ugly.
> - reducing functionality. What's your expectations when you're clicking on the logo?
Returning back to home - that's intuitive and expected behaviour. As for Futon UX, collapsing
sidebar not much expected, but also not harmful. Now the logo is just a nice picture that
does nothing, but consumes valuable visible space that could be used more effectively.
> As far as I see, there is no reasonable explanation of having logo at the bottom of sidebar,
so I wonder what was the reasons for doing this.

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