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Can I help with UX&UI at all? (10+ years experience)


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Hey all,

Posting this as I'm not sure who specifically to talk to but to preface, I've been playing the game for a few weeks and I think its already amazing and still has so much potential.

The one thing I feel that is lacking is the interface. There's some parts of it that aren't very intuitive and also visually could do with an overhaul.

I have a lot of time on my hands at the moment due to lockdown and I also have 10 years in the business doing User Experience Research, User Experience Design and User Interface Design. I'd love to offer some help and expertise to the project but not sure who to reach out to about it.

GG's

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Well, it's not upstream but I am striving for something similar on a mod. For now I am making panels which monitor relevant information, mostly as an improvement for spectators but some are very useful for players too (like your current units, techs, production, etc..)

End goal would be streamlining to provide more relevant information on screen while giving back screen real estate. Let me know your thoughts:

 

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19 minutes ago, freerangeninja said:

Hey all,

Posting this as I'm not sure who specifically to talk to but to preface, I've been playing the game for a few weeks and I think its already amazing and still has so much potential.

The one thing I feel that is lacking is the interface. There's some parts of it that aren't very intuitive and also visually could do with an overhaul.

I have a lot of time on my hands at the moment due to lockdown and I also have 10 years in the business doing User Experience Research, User Experience Design and User Interface Design. I'd love to offer some help and expertise to the project but not sure who to reach out to about it.

GG's

 

there are also some mods that try to do this

Generally you will be very needed 

you can maybe review or create patches https://code.wildfiregames.com/D1650 https://code.wildfiregames.com/D1703 https://code.wildfiregames.com/D2814 https://code.wildfiregames.com/D11 https://code.wildfiregames.com/D1925 and so on

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Hello @freerangeninja,

if you have any suggestions or remarks, feel free to write them down.
It would be good to know how much of them are missing functionalities of the gui components or it is just placement, size or shape of them, or it needs better art.

While doing it, please keep in mind missing component functionalities might take longer time to implement, mainly if they will require c++ changes.
Anything else should be in theory easy to achieve, as actual layout in game is desrcribed in xml and its functionality in javascript files.

Also before talking about implementation difficulties we need to see the proposed changes first :).

If you want a bit more live discussion, consider joining https://webchat.quakenet.org/?channels=0ad-dev . 

Have a nice day :)

Regards,
Angen

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Amazing, cheers guys. I'll take a look through some of these resources and pop into the IRC too.

Worth noting I'm very much a designer and researcher and not so much a dev so it would be good to pair up with some people who can help bring things over the line.

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30 minutes ago, freerangeninja said:

Worth noting I'm very much a designer and researcher and not so much a dev so it would be good to pair up with some people who can help bring things over the line.

Well I'm sure we can teach you one thing or two :)

29 minutes ago, freerangeninja said:

Does anyone know if there's an IA map or similar of the current functionality in game?

Not likely :/

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