Andrea and I were just talking about adding further icon designs into the variations of the snippet we're testing ahead of the big promotional push for Webmaker in August. It seemed like a really fun opportunity for design contributors, to produce an animated icon or two that we could add into the testing mix. Here are two snippet examples currently being tested: https://snippets.mozilla.com/show/4490/ https://snippets.mozilla.com/show/4489/ @Cassie: are there design contributors we know who might like to submit an icon idea? If yes, we can put together some basic info/briefing they could work from. We can't promise to use everything submitted, but an icon used in the final mix will be seen hundreds of thousands of times. Which is really valuable to us but also an exciting way to get involved.
Hey Adam, We talked about this briefly in our weekly planning meeting this afternoon – inviting design contributors here is a *great* idea, but I think to make it really successful we need a bit of a strategy beforehand. So the short answer is, we're not ready for a big call to design contributors yet. Some considerations – * How do we properly credit contributors? For instance, the cat gif currently being used is not credited, which damages our relationship with that contributor (who may not want money, but acknowledgement seems the bare minimum). Do we have ideas about how we might be able to do this? ie can we add an 'image source' line below the snippet? Thankfully, the cat gif creator is a friend of Kate's and probably more forgiving than the random contributor! * What are the guidelines and expectations we set up for design contributors? I'd love to take a stab at this documentation and have filed a bug on myself to do it, but cannot get to it this sprint. Bug is here: Bug 1035378 All said and done though Adam it would be helpful to have a brief if you want to get started on that, as well as any bugs filed, which would allow the short term hack of adding a whiteboard tag "good first bug" and listing me in the mentor field. Does that sound right to you?
The snippet is hugely special and not like other contribution opportunities. Design credit on the snippet page itself: There's no room for credit on the snippet page (it's outside the UX scope on about:home). It's being seen by 30+ million people a day, which is an incredible exposure, even for paid designers. We may find ways to acknowledge the icon creators some other way, if needed (credit during Project meetings or blog posts perhaps?). If this causes some issues or consternation, we should/could rely on paid designers to execute. There will be plenty of other avenues for design contributors.
I think given the timescales we should shelve this as something we're all excited about and should work on in the future, when we can build in more lead-time. If agreed, let's mark this one closed-wontfix.