Requesting feedback and ui-review for desktop Firefox front-end changes

19 January, 2012 § 2 Comments

TL;DR: Desktop Firefox feedback and ui-review requests should go to ux-review@mozilla.com now instead of an individual.

For a long time, one or two members of the Firefox UX team received the majority of feedback and ui-review requests. Sometimes an the requestee goes on vacation, leading to slow feedback loops and stalled work.

The reality is that submitting patches that alter the user interface of Firefox doesn’t need to be a scary or long process. I’ve been working with the UX team to put together a set of steps that contributors can take when they want to get feedback or ui-reviews from the UX team.

Asking for general direction?

There are times where you may not know in which direction to go. There is nothing wrong with implementing what you think will provide the best user experience or implementing multiple variations of your idea. Sometimes the experience of implementing another idea may show advantages and disadvantages in the design and help with your decision making.

If you still have some general questions about design, please don’t hesitate to join the #ux channel on IRC. If somebody doesn’t answer your questions, just ask again in a few hours (people may be sleeping due to timezone differences).

Looking for specific feedback or ui-review on your patch?

If you’re about to upload a patch and request feedback or ui-review, please link to either a screenshot, screencast/video, and/or try-server builds that contain the patch.

Here are links to some good software that can be used to create screenshots and screencasts:

  • TechSmith Jing (free and paid version makes PNG screenshots, free version makes SWF videos, paid version makes MP4 videos)
  • TechSmith Camtasia Studio/Camtasia:Mac (useful for detailed/longer screencasts)
  • Quicktime X/Player included on Snow Leopard and higher can do screen recordings (File > New Screen Recording)
  • Miro Video Converter (to convert videos to WebM format for easy viewing in the browser)

Please attach your screenshots/screencasts to the bug, since Bugzilla will probably outlive an external media hosting website.

After attaching your media, please flag the special UX email address, ux-review@mozilla.com, for feedback or ui-review.

Expectations of the UX team

The UX team has a goal of responding to feedback and ui-review requests within 48 hours.

Credits

Special thanks go out to Jennifer Morrow (Boriss), Frank Yan, Matthew Noorenberghe, David Lawrence, Ann Ignacio, Henry Langi, and Alex Limi for their help in putting this all together.

For more information

If you have any changes that you would like to make or to see the most up-to-date version of this document, please see the page on developer.mozilla.org.

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