Fluid Design Patterns wiki & group activities

Allison Bloodworth abloodworth at berkeley.edu
Wed Nov 7 04:34:49 UTC 2007

Hi everyone,

Thanks very much for your interest in talking about a Fluid-sponsored  
design patterns library. I've started a strawman for discussion about  
this collaborative library, which we are now calling the "Open Source  
Design Patterns (OSDP) Library." I will have it posted for your  
review to this page: http://wiki.fluidproject.org/display/fluid/Design 
+Patterns+Libraray+Proposal by 10am PST tomorrow. In the meantime,  
some of the major points of the proposal include:

- We'd like the library to be co-branded by all the contributing  
organizations (e.g. Sakai, uPortal, Moodle, Kuali Student),  
indicating that it is a cooperative effort of all these communities,  
and not a "Fluid" library
- The library will provide a space for Fluid (and maybe other open  
source) communities to grow their own design patterns libraries, and  
contribute to a larger library at the same time
- the goal of the library will be to introduce design patterns as a  
way to design the proper user interface for a specific context  
(though this process will not be totally prescriptive, and some  
choice/judgement will definitely be involved)
- The library will initially use the UC Berkeley Web Patterns Library  
design/framework (http://harbinger.sims.berkeley.edu/ 
ui_designpatterns/webpatterns2/webpatterns/home.php), and hopefully  
be expanded to include many additional features to make the library  
more usable to its target audiences in the future
- Target audiences for the library (in relative order of precedence)  
will be: junior UI designers & UI designers new to the community,  
developers who need to design the UIs they build, and more  
experienced UI designers
- We'd like to bring Sakai design patterns into OSDP library because  
it will:
       		1) offer a better presentational framework than the wiki
       		2) allow Sakai patterns to be shared with the other Fluid  
communities as appropriate
       		3) allow the Sakai community to leverage the pattern &  
component creation work of Fluid and other Fluid communities
- Folks working on the Fluid project will take the lead on creating  
patterns related to Fluid components. Fluid project team members will  
also work with each of the communities to advise and/or assist with  
the creation of additional patterns.
- Design patterns libraries can sometimes function as somewhat of a  
style guide, and this is a link we should explore

I'd like to suggest that we take some time to talk about this  
proposal at the Sakai-UI-DG meeting tomorrow, which is scheduled for  
2-3pm PST/5-6 EST. If we could lead off the discussion with this  
topic (in case there are other Fluid participants who don't need to  
stay for the Sakai-specific discussion), that would be great. Perhaps  
after we talk about the design patterns library we can discuss the  
potential future directions for the group, which we began to outline  
in the Notes section of our meeting wiki page from last week: http:// 

If you haven't already entered your preference here for what work  
you'd like to see the Sakai-UI-DG group do, please try to add it to  
the wiki page prior to our meeting.

Thanks, and talk to you all tomorrow!

On Nov 2, 2007, at 11:20 AM, Juliette Mai wrote:

> Hi Allison,
> I'd like to attend as well.  Please let me know when.
> Thanks,
> Julie
> On Nov 1, 2007, at 8:51 PM, Marc Brierley wrote:
>> Hi Allison,
>> On Oct 29, 2007, at 5:27 PM, Allison Bloodworth wrote:
>>> The work of these groups will help inform a proposal for the  
>>> Fluid Design Patterns Library. I am working on some initial ideas  
>>> for this which I will post on the wiki page and email out  
>>> shortly. This is partially in response to discussion about how  
>>> the Sakai and Fluid Design Pattern libraries will relate to each  
>>> other which happened on today's Sakai UI discussion group's  
>>> call.  I would like to use these ideas to start a group  
>>> discussion, the end goal of which will be to reach a shared  
>>> understanding about the goals and strategies of the Fluid Design  
>>> Patterns Library. I'll suggest a date and time for this  
>>> discussion when I sent out these initial ideas--if you know you  
>>> would like to attend this meeting and have constraints you'd like  
>>> me to keep in mind, just let me know.
>> I'd like to attend. Maybe you could put out a couple time/date  
>> options or commandeer another regularly scheduled meeting?
>> -mARC
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Allison Bloodworth
Senior User Interaction Designer
Educational Technology Services
University of California, Berkeley
(415) 377-8243
abloodworth at berkeley.edu

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