- The MoodleNews post: http://www.moodlenews.com/2015/moodlerooms-releases-snap-theme-to-the-community/ Including link to pictures
- The MoodleRooms blog post: http://blog.blackboard.com/opening-the-moodle-experience/
The aspirations from Mark's blog post:
Why revolutionary? Because Snap is much more than a simple Moodle theme: it is a new, richer Moodle experience that increases engagement through a highly intuitive navigation across all devices. Moreover, it provides a modern and professional structure that lets users focus on information where and when they need it, without overwhelming them when they don’t need it.
General consumers today have high expectations on the web. They want simplicity, elegance, and engagement. And learners are no different – they expect their learning experience to be delightful, with an interface that is sleek yet functional, and designed around their needs.
This is what we had in mind when we designed Snap. And this is why our design team worked directly with educators and learners to create an experience that was responsive, engaging, and accessible. The team performed dozens of design sessions, rapid prototyping springs and user-testing workshops, to make sure the workflows were right.
I find it quite ironical that here I have no way here in Moodle.org to make an attractive nice indent quote in Atto with a style that does line breaks properly.
As I have said before, this is not a complete review . . . and I may not understand the theme yet. Random un-ordered comments follow.
Totally un-Moodle like in design elements Great!!
I like the look. The fonts, the location of the various items, the lack of boxes (etc)
- 1. The Logo. Not sure of the best size for it. A little guidance in the settings could help.
I was not sure if it was a Logo or a Banner I was really choosing.
- #3 Page area width. Quite narrow in it's maximum width. Probably enhances readability.
Section to section navigation #2 in diagram
Nothing quite like I have ever seen. Section "Menu" at the top of the page. Including a link to section zero.
Has a Link to "Course Tools" Some of these are dead links to Joule specific functions, I did not try very hard to remove these.
They have this to say in the settings pages:
"Feel like it is written by a human" Interesting. I like this, I have been influenced by many of the wordpress blogs that mix serif and non-serif.
So, a very simple choose two types of fonts for your theme.
Admin menu access
This is in the top right with a menu style that slides out, and a little X thing that slides it back.
Unfortunately when you get the admin menu, the whole screen slides to the left and cuts off the right left bit as below.
These have a similar slide out and X thing going on similar to admin menu.
Great looking icons for uploaded files, stacked across the screen
See below. A few glitches in some CSS at the top. I didn't try other file types, I think the icons may be a bit big for my liking - BUT you can read the titles of the files easily. I did not test a super long file name. I did not test to see what happens with "display description" ticked in settings. Edit file display name function was a dream.
Edit mode on in footer
Some quite well places buttons for quick edits etc. The recent activity block in the footer seemed to be hard coded and a bit irritating to not be able to get rid of .
Edit mode on in the courses
How cool is this? Add a new section in a few types and a click.
As I said, this is not comprehensive and beware that I may not be able to drive the theme properly.
- I love the fonts (I think I am sold on serif for "user generated content"), the spacious feel to the styling (ie no Moodle boxes) and the white space
- I like some of the carefully chosen links added in for teachers and admins. In edit mode ON and regular view. I know this will be a bit random for some, and goes against the Moodle 2.0+ approach to have it all in one place in a menu.
- I like the idea of proper section to section navigation that is not buried in a 2004 style menu scroll of death. (My biases and preferences showing through here!!)
However at the top of every page? Too much screen real estate maybe. Could it is better at the side?
- The idea of a course tools section is novel. The big UI/UX question. Where is the link to course tools best put?
- INSIDE SECTION NAVIGATION: There is little difference to standard Moodle in navigation inside a section. The cross the screen icons for files are a big step in this direction. It probably means there is still a scroll of death inside a big section.
- ADMIN NAVIGATION: Nothing new to improve navigation to admin functions - not even an easily available search box to admin functions. The jury is out for the cool looking sliding out menu. For me I'd need to play some more.
I have not commented on the nice new look to the forums: I think this will need a little work to suit me, but it is a huge step in the right direction. And I've not commented on Responsiveness.