2010 redesign

Date pickers

Posted in Uncategorized by callibeth on May 15, 2010

This is the most promising option, I think: Any+Time Date Picker, a JavaScript library.

Other possibilities:

Discarded options:

  • Kelvin Luck’s date picker — a jQuery plug-in — is the acknowledged favorite amongst CodeIgniter people but it doesn’t have time capability.
  • Here’s a tutorial on using CodeIgniter and the jQuery UI datepicker library to create a date picker. Interesting, but it doesn’t have a time capability. (It’s a tutorial with no demo; what’s up with that?)

Support subnavigation

Posted in Uncategorized by callibeth on April 8, 2010

I looked the subnavigation collection at Patterntap for ideas and best practices. Nearly all the subnav patterns shown at Patterntap include dropdowns or flyouts. I don’t think that’s our style on this website.

Panels are less usual, but that seems to be the appropriate answer for our content and space. I like the idea of an outline-style accordion; this one looks good. (To tell you the truth, I’m not even sure it’s an accordion, but it could be. The drawback of Patterntap is that you only see a picture and don’t get to experience the UI.) An accordion like that, together with a tag-based drop-down list and a search bar would present the user with a lot of choices for finding articles. Could be overkill, though. Maybe 2 out of 3 wouldn’t be bad, then.

We could do something like this example and show how many articles are in each group.

Posted in Uncategorized by christophercumbie on March 31, 2010

Im not to sure about the copywrite staus of the truck image. I got it here. I thought that anything 50+ years old was fair game but maybe we should hold off on that one until I remake it with something safe.