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Design and Web team summary – 8 July 2019

Tags: Design

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This was a fairly busy two weeks for the Web & design team at Canonical.  Here are some of the highlights of our completed work.

Web squad

Web is the squad that develop and maintain most of the brochure websites across the Canonical.  Here are a few highlights of completed work.  We also moved several other projects forward that we will share in coming weeks.

Takeover and landing page for Edge month

A series of four webinars which will explains how edge computing provides enterprises with real-time data processing, cost-effective security and scalability.

Learn more about edge month

OpenStack content updates

Each week the team reviews how our content is performing in a section of the site.  This week’s focus was OpenStack. The result was around ten changes to the section.


The MAAS squad develop the UI for the maas project.

Implementation of small graphs for KVM listing

Reorganization of table columns and per KVM actions added to each row. in the new KVM page. We have also added new mini in table charts with popovers showing data for storage, RAM and CPU per KVM.

Settings fresh navigation wireframes 

The settings in MAAS is due a revamp and as part of the preparation for this work the UX team have been testing different settings navigation structures and layouts. This has been wireframed and will be designer in the next few weeks. So stay tuned for the latest and greatest in settings navigation.


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

Design to disabled for k8s deployments in the GUI

Juju team is working on the production of Kubernetes charms and bundles in order to deploy with Juju on Kubernetes clusters (beta). GUI-wise, this functionality is not yet supported, and we will redirect users to the relevant pages on the documentation.

Prepare initial engagement

The design team is getting in touch with our customers and users through different media. We are setting up regular meet-ups, defining the initial work with marketing for newsletter and email content, and assist to working sessions with Juju users.

This user research phase is particularly important to gather feedback and information for the new products we are working on for Juju and JAAS, and to be able to collect users’ needs and requests for the current products.

Research, UX and explorations around organisation, models and controllers

We conducted a research around organisation and enterprise structures applied to Juju model and JIMM controller to define the hierarchy of teams and users (RBAC and IM).

Suru designs applied to

The JAAS team has been working on applying the new suru style design to the website. This week this has been implemented and will be live very shortly. This redesign introduces slanted strips with suru crossed header and footer sections.

User flows comparison Snap and Charm stores consumer/publisher experience

The design team is exploring the user experiences of the Snap and Charm stores in order to align the consumer and publisher user journeys of the front pages. The same explorations are on going for the command lines of Snap/Juju and Snapcraft/Charm.


The Snapcraft team work closely with the snap store team to develop and maintain the snap store website.

Release UI drag’n’drop

The drag’n’drop functionality for Releases page was finalised this iteration. We updated the visual style to draggable elements to make them more clear and consistent and made it possible to promote whole channel or single revision using drag’n’drop.

This feature is already released and available to users.

Default tracks

We started work on the UI for managing default tracks of the snaps. As the details of this functionality are still being discussed among the teams this work will continue in the next iteration.

Proof of concept for build

We started investigating technical aspect of moving functionality into web application for more consistent and consolidated experience for users.

This work is in the early stage and will continue over next iterations. 

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