[Inpycon] PyCon India Website for 2014

Ankur Gupta versesane at gmail.com
Tue Oct 22 17:52:33 CEST 2013

On Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 9:13 PM, Anand Chitipothu <anandology at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 8:29 AM, Annapoornima Koppad <a.koppad at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> I have been very quiet for a while now for the reason that I was
>> traveling. Now that I am in Bangalore again, I think its time I spoke.
>> Regarding the website design, I think it should be handled by volunteers
>> rather than design firm. For the only reason, we are trying to encourage a
>> new breed of organizers who will in in turn take this forward. Since we are
>> in early this time, we can have a choice. If nothing works out, the last
>> option will be to run to design firm. The issue is not about money or
>> putting a good facade for others to see, but to see local young talent get
>> the opportunity to showcase their talent and get them involved. Imagine
>> saying something, This entire design was done by self motivated volunteers.
>> it may not be the best but it is our work. Wok that came out of passion.
>> I am also suggesting that we keep the option open for running to a nearby
>> design shop. Not to be wholly closed on that aspect either.
>> So its +1 for vijay's idea.
> I would really love if our community can handle the design completely by
> volunteers. I've seen that idea repeatedly fail. Forget about design, I
> called for help to improve the PyCon India website, created github issues
> detailing each one, but haven't got much response.
> Usually there'll be initial enthusiasm, but that dies out slowly.
> Even if we take a professional help, there is a lot of volunteer work
> involved in reviewing the design as it evolves, giving feedback, suggesting
> alternatives etc. And someone from our side has to drive the whole thing.
> Believe it is a lot of work even if we hire a professional designer.

Absolutely .. Having hired visual design consultants at work and
interacted with them learned first hand how much efforts go into
iteration, color, typography changes etc.

> We also need volunteers to:
> * integrate the design into our website, writing code/templates to make all
> things fit together.
> * write the content on the website, plan how pages should be organized etc.
> So, having more volunteers is always welcome and we have room for people
> with artistic talent help even if we hire a designer.
> Anand
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