Thursday, June 28, 2007

Plone used by Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth International (FOEI) unveiled their new Plone site back in April and I'm just getting round to having a look at it now. Visually it's quite plain, a little bit too blocky and it feels very flat on the page to me. I'm not a visual designer, but I probably would have at least thrown the odd gradient in there to soften it a bit.

One of the good things about Plone is the speed at which a fully functional content-managed site can be deployed but I think more effort should be put into skinning the public appearance. If nothing else, this would at least show others that it can be done. See the British Postal Museum and Archive site for example.

Interestingly, the FOEI site uses PloneMultisite to deploy content from a single editing base to multiple sites. I'm not up to speed on exactly how this product works but it sounds like something that's worth further investigation.

1 comment:

Danny said...

Another couple of examples of Plone looking different:

http://kelmscottmanor.org.uk/

http://www.benelwes.co.uk/

I think the biggest design problem with the Friends of the Earth site is the lack of vertical rythm in the typography, followed by the bad font sizing.

Given that experience is the biggest issue for users these are small issues so I actually think the site's not bad.