Simpler Launchpad web interface

A profile page in the new Launchpad designWith the release of Launchpad 2.0, we’ve introduced a new, simpler, design and navigation.

Over the past couple of weeks, you may already have seen that we’ve made some changes to Launchpad’s web interface. For a start, there’s our fabulous new logo (designed by Eugene Tretyak) and new silver header bar.

The changes that we think are likely to have most effect on how you use Launchpad are:

  • The beginning of the end of the Actions menu:we’ve started the process of removing the catch-all Actions menu. Now, many of the links you use to change information on a page are closer to the information itself.
  • Page-wide application tabs: to emphasise the importance of the effect that switching between applications has on the information you’re viewing on the page, we’ve made the application tabs much more prominent.
  • New sub-tabs: take a look at your person profile and you’ll see that below the main application tabs are a second row of tabs that switch between pages of different information about your activity in Launchpad. These new sub-tabs appear on many pages and should make it easier to drill down to the info you want.

If you come across a bug in the new web interface, please report it. If you have any other feedback, we’d love to hear from you.

18 Responses to “Simpler Launchpad web interface”

  1. jldugger Says:

    You might want to update the launchpad hackergotchi on Planet Ubuntu, since it’s still using the old rocket logo.

  2. Jani Monoses Says:

    Time to change the logo in the planet feed too?

  3. Dylan McCall Says:

    I like that I can now access Launchpad comfortably on a smaller device, like my N810. It doesn’t look as pretty as the old site, though. (Old one had colourful banners so I could really quickly tell pages apart from smaller thumbnails). Will it get prettier in the coming weeks? :)

  4. me Says:

    old logo was better – more distinguishing. what is this new abstract thing?

    the yellow “pad” part of “launchpad” is hardly visible on the silver header bar.

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  6. anonymous Says:

    Some basic functionality would be required and welcomed; like e.g. 7465 projects registered and I can not pick those “written” in, say, C. Or I can not browse the projects by license. Or by platform. Or by any reasonable criteria.

  7. anonymous Says:

    I must also express my deep disappointment that you (or these so called “registry administrators”) went and started to “register” projects to which you have no control whatsoever. Without the clearly expressed content of the upstream authors. Without any notification to upstream.

    If this is intended to be Ubuntu’s internal bugzilla, please keep your “blueprints” away from my and my colleague’s projects.

    And if anything, this is against all good practices.

  8. Doria Says:

    The old logo are more original than the new

  9. Shea Bennett Says:

    I love this new navigation scheme! It is great!

  10. ScottK Says:

    Please put it back. Even better revert to a CSS implementation of the pre-beta U/I. The site with CSS disabled is pretty good.

  11. Matthew Revell Says:

    ScottK: if you have specific bugs or complaints, we’d love to see them – https://bugs.launchpad.net/launchpad-project/+filebug

  12. Matthew Revell Says:

    @anonymous 6.58pm – I agree. I’ve filed a bug – https://bugs.launchpad.net/launchpad/+bug/253628

  13. Matthew Revell Says:

    @anonymous 7.12pm July 29th:

    “I must also express my deep disappointment that you (or these so called “registry administrators”) went and started to “register” projects to which you have no control whatsoever. Without the clearly expressed content of the upstream authors. Without any notification to upstream.”

    Launchpad acts as both a collaboration platform and a project directory. So, we have projects in Launchpad’s directory that don’t use Launchpad’s project hosting so that people using LP can get information on them. Whenever an upstream project wants to take control of such a project in our directory, we give it to them. We get such requests frequently and so we don’t see it as a problem.

    Perhaps we could better distinguish projects that use LP directly and those that are only in the project directory.

    “If this is intended to be Ubuntu’s internal bugzilla, please keep your “blueprints” away from my and my colleague’s projects.”

    Launchpad is a collaboration and hosting platform for free software projects: so, it’s not just Ubuntu’s bug tracker. If you have any specific complaints, please get in touch – feedback@launchpad.net – or file a bug.

  14. ScottK Says:

    Matthew Revell,

    There’s no point in me filing a bug that says “Dear lord, put it back.” I have, in fact, been filing a lot of bugs, but even if you fix every bug I file, you can’t bugfix your way to a good design.

    To support anonymous about the bogus projects, I find them quite annoying and useless. If you Google for projects that I’m upstream for, the Launchpad shell comes up. It’s nothing but a source of potential confusion for users and distro developers alike.

    P.S. Filed a bug asking for one of these to be removed and got no response, so already done that part.

  15. Jakub Szypulka Says:

    The new design is cool, but I preferred the previous logo, as it was more original.

  16. Álvaro del Olmo Says:

    I must also express my disappointment with the new look of the website. It does not seems clear; I think its clearness looks confusing. Before I could fastly locate which section I’d like to see. Now it just takes more time. There is an “work in progress” or “unfinished” sensation everywhere.

    Regards.

  17. Álvaro del Olmo Says:

    Thus, the new logo is very very depressing and purely ugly.

  18. arkibott Says:

    Well, i like the new layout, but i sometimes can’t find the action i want to perform right away there where i am. Asking questions is quite hidden, and in a small project, where no question has ever been asked i can’t figure out how to ask at all. Having to change the package on top to get into the right filter.. can lead to – ‘i first thought it was here.. but its not’ experiences.. at first it all looks the same now, but it behaves very different in detail.

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