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Design and Web team summary – 27 March 2018

Tags: Design

This article was last updated 6 years ago.

The design and web team work on a wide array of projects throughout Canonical. Therefore, we are split into seven squads to handle different aspects of the company. Here is a rundown of the work we completed this week by squad.

Snappy squad

New features

We implemented a darker themed header across and We also added CLI instructions to snap details pages, to make it easier to install snaps across several distros. We also added screenshots (where available) on snap details pages (see for instance the Spotify snap details).

New snap publisher functionality

For publishers, we are working on an account section, which will replace the current UI. Part of that project is creating market pages for snaps where publishers can add screenshots and descriptions and other things they might need to bring their snaps to market. We are also working on a measure page where publishers can see how their snaps are performing. These pages are due to go live soon.

Vanilla and base squad

Vanilla component size audit

We worked through each component we have detailing the sizes and set a threshold of the entire framework. We have almost halved the file size from ~350kb to ~170kb with the latest version. With plans to reduce further.

Kubernetes migration of websites

We spent three days working on moving all the sites we managed to our new Kubernetes environments. These sites are now on running on our Kubernetes cluster:

JAAS squad

Trialling Zeplin

We design team have started to use Zeplin to communicate designs with the engineering teams. The trail is looking promising but there is more to review.

MAAS squad

Designs for the new settings section

We have been working on some small improvements to the settings section. This involves.

New responsive navigation

The developers have updated the navigation to collapse Nodes and Pods into a Hardware drop down when required.

Web squad

Navigation prototype

We are working on a prototype of a new navigation for The design and UX team have to work on making the experience and navigation clean and easy to use.

New homepage takeover

The first job we get all new front ends to do is to cut their teeth on a homepage takeover. So we asked Ana and Steve (our newcomers) to develop our new Kubernetes webinar month takeover which is now live.

Brand new insights

We have developed a brand new frontend application for using the latest Vanilla. The admin side of insights stays the same on WordPress and the frontend application pulls feeds from the WordPress backend. This has helped us iterate on the frontend without worrying about database connections.

Design is already looking at ways to improve the homepage. By reducing the heading size to bring more the content above the fold.

Documentation team

Everything worthwhile should be documented, so the docs team were happy to take on three new projects for tools and software. One of them is already live at and two more should be finished imminently.

Brand squad

We have finalised the new bionic beaver mascot, t-shirt design and wallpaper.

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