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Design and Web team summary – 16 March 2020

Tags: Design

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The Web and design team spent the last week in an in-person sprint in Frankfurt. We have a number of members of the team that are remote so it is always great to all get together and go for dinners and coffees together. This takes us out of our usual work so this was a limited iteration but we still delivered some great work. Here are some of the highlights of our completed work.

Web squad

Our Web Squad develops and maintains most of Canonical’s promotional sites.

Whitepapers, case studies and webinars

As usual, we created pages for a set of new resources, including:

A brand new Ubuntu on WSL page

You can run Ubuntu on both WSL 1 and WSL 2.  We created a page to help developers on Windows 10 install and start using it.

Learn more about Ubuntu on WSL >

Improved docker image sizes across our sites

Our sites are all containerised as docker images. We already have been working on reducing their size. You can see the work about this in this article. To continue improving the build of our images we started using the multi-staged build feature provided by docker. Follow up soon with a more in-depth explanation of the work done!


Implement Brand Hierarchy

We planned the various stages we are undertaking to complete the brand hierarchy work and started to look at some potential architectures and colour work for online branding. 

Update illustrations style

We progressed with the illustration work and have completed the refresh of all existing illustrations used on and the team are busy implementing them across the site.


The MAAS squad develops the UI for the MAAS project.

User testing of machine details

During the engineering sprint in Frankfurt, we conducted 9 sessions of user testing with fellow colleagues from various teams who use MAAS, focusing on their experience with the machine details pages. In the second week, we began analysing the transcripts and videos of those sessions with the work on the analysis and next steps continuing into the next iteration.

LXD driven VMs design

Following a few meetings and a number of iterations of the design, we completed the design phase of introducing LXD driven VMs into MAAS. The screens that were designed to touch on the more broad topic of EPA in MAAS, including NUMA and SR-IOV read-only information.

Machine listing ongoing work

We are continuing the work on moving the machine listing to React and introducing small UX improvements to it. Currently, we are working on the Take action menu and searching the table.


The JAAS squad develops the UI for the JAAS store and Juju GUI  projects.

Analysing recent user testing

The team explored visual alternatives for some components of the JAAS dashboard UI after the user testing sessions. We are planning to continue this task with gorilla testing these explorations.

Developed and released the juju project website

The team rolled out a new website for Juju: as part of a bigger renovation planned for JAAS and Juju. Relevant docs and tutorials are also on now.

JAAS dashboard

The work on the JAAS dashboard continues, and the team is implementing the possibility of resizing the Juju shell for a better experience. The feature to filter apps/units/machines by status in the model detail page view is also going to be available soon.


The Vanilla squad designs and maintains the design system and Vanilla framework library. They ensure a consistent style throughout web assets.

Merging site with docs

To improve our release process and reduce maintenance time we moved site project into Vanilla framework repository so it could be built and deployed together as one project.

This will not only reduce the amount of work needed when releasing new Vanilla framework versions and deploying site and docs but also will allow us to make the design of the site more consistent with the docs.

Refreshed site is now live. The Vanilla framework docs that previously lived on a separate domain are now served from


The Snapcraft team works closely with the Snap Store team to develop and maintain the Snap Store site.

Build Snaps with GitHub

We’re happy to announce we’ve released the first version of the build service within The integration isn’t 100% complete, so we encourage you to file bugs when you happen across something that is either missing or not working as expected.

But what can you do?

If you’ve got a Snap name registered, you can visit the new “Builds” tab to connect a GitHub repo. A build will be triggered when you first connect your snap, subsequent builds happen when you either click the “Trigger new build” button (see below), or you push code to the master branch of your GitHub repository.

Once some builds have been triggered you can see the status of those builds, whether complete, in progress or failure.

Clicking the build ID lets you view the build log – the first thing you want to check if a build fails.

All automated builds from GitHub are released to the lastest/edge channel of your snap, making it easy to rapidly test your changes.

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