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I've hacked together some badges for libraries like Thomas Jefferson and Sylvia Plath. This will get them out of the "LibraryThing Authors" pile, something which has bothered some people.
Here's the author one:
And here are some upcoming ones:
1. I'm not sure about colors. The current author color is yellow. I think it's too strong.
2. Don't worry, we're not going to let bookstores upload their whole inventory, but we want to give them pages if they want.
Nice look, although I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering what a Library Library might be!
So what's the difference between "real library" and "library library"?
Library Library => Building with books inside, run by local government, school or college!
I like the current yellow much more than these yellows. I prefer solid colours in general.
I'm just resistant to change, but I like the the LT Author in yellow. Trying to convince authors to "come get their shiny yellow button" sounds much better than "come get your pale-ish green button".
Also, oh my goodness, you guys are such teases! What the heck is a Real Library?
Personally, I like the yellow for the LT Authors. Use the green on the special/dead libraries
You prefer 'em like this?
Certainly not that shade of green, and maybe a slightly darker yellow, but in principle, yes.
I like these, though like others I am confused about the distinction between "real library" and "library library".
If you're asking for votes on the various options, I like:
"Legacy Library" for the first type, and "Library library" for the second. I very much don't like "real library".
Also the "government, school, or college" definition of "Library library" would seem to preclude considering community or organizational libraries like Quatrefoil_library as "real". Is that intentional?
No, sorry. There's no difference between real library and library library. I'm trying out names.
Similarly, Dead Worthy, Special Library, Library, etc. I want to find the best term. I think I'm in the minority, but I favor "Dead Worthy." Second choice, "Legacy Library."
I like Dead Worthy, but I'm afraid we'd get complaints that it's too tacky or something...
I vote for Legacy Library.
I vote for Legacy Library.
I don't like "Dead Worthy"; it sounds as though you are saying they deserve to be dead! (Yes, I know you mean "worthy" as a noun, but the other meaning jumped out at me, and likely would to others.)
Special or Special Library don't have the connotation of a dead author. (And, after all, aren't all our libraries special, at least to ourselves?)
I like the earlier versions. The current ones hurt my precious eyes. This green is more agreeable than the yellow. Of course, I really like the 'Legacy Library', but I can't help noticing it covers up a lot of the LT. What about just 'Legacy'? What about curving the word 'legacy' across the top and 'library' across the bottom with a little overlap? I know it's harder to do, but it may look good.
I prefer a neutral term like "Legacy Library". If someone does Caligula or Herman Goering, we wouldn't be dubbing them "worthies" or "immortals".
Good point about Goering. I'm not sure we should go that way, though. We don't want to upset people the way Time does every time they choose an evil Man of the Year.
>25 Larxol:, 27
I could get all indignant and demand you stop maligning my (distant) relative, but yep, he pretty much sucked.
Special Library has a different meaning within library science (the community or organizational of 18), so I'd prefer to exclude that one.
I prefer the stronger colors in message 12 but leave the LT Author yellow.
I think we're going with Legacy Library. The LT Author button has already changed (see here)
Cool. Legacy Library it is! If we're still debating colors, I think I prefer the light blue for the Legacies ...
I don't think much of Legacy Library. Still struggling to come up with something better, though. Back Catalogue? Obit. Lit.? Past Shelves? Their Words Live On? Spirit Reading?
> 33: Back Catalogue?
Offsite storage? Remaindered?
Actually, I liked "Dead Worthy" -- precisely because there's a bit of wiggle room there for the ones who are worthy of being dead. Of the actually viable choices, I like "Legacy Library", because of the specific LS connotations of "Special Library".
Special Library has a different meaning within library science (#29)
I was gonna mention this and you beat me to it! (And my knowledge of library science is limited to what I figured out by being a librarian's daughter.)
31: Hey, decisions were made before I had time to put in my 2 cents! *indignant stomp* lol j/k
I LOVE "Legacy Library", it just sounds so... *can't think of the word*. It just sounds great.
As for the colors..... Gah. I don't really care. I think the bright-yellow stands out more, and therefore might be better. But as long as it's not hotpink, I don't usually have color preferences. lol
I'm just glad that Abby didn't mount another campaign for "cranberry." (shiver)
Whatever, you love your cranberry t-shirt. You *wish* the whole site was in cranberry.
The more muted colors in message 1 don't jump out at you quite as much, but they would probably look better in context than the brighter ones in 12. The overall design of the site isn't really a bright primary colors sort of look.
I have to agree with dressel. I think the muted tones in the first message match the rest of the site much better and are less jarring overall. Especially the yellow.
Tell me what you think of what I did:
The LT Legacy button is much more easy on the eye than the yellow one (even I don't normally like brown). The yellow is just too...uhm, yellow. Is it possible to change it to the yellow displayed in #1?
edited: I have a crappy screen. Perhaps its just not displaying the yellow tone the right way
I made legacy more crispy-paper-y. I'm interested in what others thing about the intensity of the yellow. I have a laptop screen, so everything looks washed out.
Ok, I went to our company designer, she has one of these true-color (I think they are called like that) screens. On her screen it is also pretty intensive compared to the rest of the page.
Tim, the legacy thing you did on Jefferson's page looks great. Just using the word "legacy" without "library" was a good choice.
Thanks for the continued great work.
I'm on a laptop too and even then it still looks VERY yellow. I think the washed out look suits LT better.
In both cases the badge color clashes a bit with the green background of the box it's in, at least on my monitor. The LT Legacy one is pretty good, though - it's close enough to a good fit to be within the range of monitor variation, and the brown goes well with the box immediately above.
The LT Author badge isn't as good - if you want a strong color, the green in #12 might be better than the yellow (especially if nudged a bit towards blue). Or a dark red might work too.
I like the Legacy button a lot. Um, is it just my laptop screen or does it have a bit of a texture to it? Is that what you meant by crispy paper, or were you just referring to color?
Also, I agree with the comments that the yellow is just a bit too yellow. Very vivid. Very.
Still, neato overall! Yay!
I really like the Legacy version. The other...well, yellow just isn't my favorite, but I don't really care because I am not planning to become an LT author.
Just wondering though - why do they both look lopped off on the top?
Guess I got used to the old stand-out yellow but I rather like it standing out. That said, the Legacy button is great looking.
43 > love the Legacy button, the other one looks nice but the color is a little bright. Like it's been mentioned before the colors a more washed out on my LCD vs the CRT. I probably need to adjust my LCD.
I love the Legacy button.
The yellow on the new LT Author button is fine (a little bright, but okay IMHO) but I was unfortunately distracted by the picture of Axel the dog (who is considerably more attractive than any button would be...)
I like the yellow on the Author button. It should be attention-grabbing.
Thanks for all the help, guys. I appreciate it. I made some slight changes. I muted the yellow very slightly and made the legacy brownish less muted. I added a slight "inner glow."
When your done modifying the buttons you want to fix them in the author cloud? basically all authors either have author buttons or none do depending on who was the last author added to your catalog.
BTW like the new yellow better.
There's something I don't like about the LT Author badge, though I'm not entirely sure what it is. I think either the LT border or the circle border isn't defined enough.
There is something I don't like about them: they are not easily translated. Usually, texts in images are a bad practice in a multilanguage site, because you need an image per language, and that is something most users can't make by themselves.
That's a very good point. I don't now, however, if I can make something that works right here. Interesting.
Ver interesting... Now we all can translate the texts in the images, or at least, anyone that feels confortable working with images can.
However, what will be the procedure to translate an image? I don't think that putting the images back to the wiki, waiting for you to look at them, is feasible.
How about a new page, "Image translations", where we can put the translated images of the site? That would be wonderful.
I think the answer here is that I use a combination of a blank badge an the ability to translate HTML text which falls over the image. I think I can do that and will try. I'm not looking forward to 20 language versions of an image.
Yes, that is the simpler solution, but that doesn't allow you to have beautiful texts in "Thomas Paine-Regular", like, for example, the "What's on your bookshelf?" text.
Anyway, I feel confortable with texts in normal fonts but translated.
Yeah. We need a FEW such images, but the more we have the more complex everything gets.
Sheesh Tim, take some leadership. Pick an image and a colour and run with it. Get on with Collections and I-pod extractions!
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