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Radiant CMS Trying "Open Source Design" – Help Needed!

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radiantlogo.pngRadiant CMS (previously on Rails Inside) is a mature, "no-fluff", open source content management system (CMS) built on top of Rails. In this post, developer John W Long is putting out the call for anyone with Web design expertise to get involved and help with doing some "open source design" for the project.

Here's what John has to say:

johnlong.pngIs "Open Source Design" possible? I am trying to find out! Effective immediately I’m issuing a public call to action to designers everywhere to contribute to Radiant CMS - the open source content management system built with Ruby on Rails. We have made huge progress over the last couple of years, but it’s becoming harder for me to shoulder the design burden alone. And that’s why I’m asking for help.

There are a number of ways that folks can contribute. We need folks to help with the core product, with extensions that have been developed for Radiant, and on the marketing side with RadiantCMS.org.

To make the process as transparent as possible we have released all of the original source images on GitHub in addition to creating a working HTML prototype of the product (powered by Serve) that makes it easy for a designer to jump in and start working on potential features.

No, I’m not looking for resumes, portfolios, or recommendations. I’m looking for people who are really good at what they do, can work well within an existing framework, and are very gifted communicators.

Can this even work? Is open source design possible? To tell you the truth, I’m not really sure. But I am willing to give it a try. For more details on how you or someone you know can contribute, read the call to action on my blog.

[post by] John W. Long is the creator and lead designer of Radiant CMS. He is the proprietor of Wiseheart Design, an interface design company based in Raleigh, NC.

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2 Comment Responses to “Radiant CMS Trying "Open Source Design" – Help Needed!”

  1. #1
    Gaspard Says:

    Jesus no, not another admin interface design !

    There are other ways to enable user interaction in a CMS then the "please jump to the admin interface if you want to change anything, and by doing so try to remember what you wanted to change because you are going to loose the current context".

    We have been creating create web applications without an admin interface for years with Zena, there are even videos showing how to insert content: http://bit.ly/ddQlp4. I am not saying we have the best solution around, but let's not reinvent the bad design concepts of the early days of dynamic content on the web.

  2. #2
    Aleen Onorata Says:

    Excellent design can be great to some, but to others, it's trash. Trust us, we have encountered our share of varying views on our very own design work...

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