What does everyone think? I think community icons (similar to user avatars that we already have) make sense, but I’m torn about banners (for both communities and users) , as they might look very strange with all the different possible themes users could use. What do you think?

@yogthos
127M

I like the icons and banners idea for some visual variety. :) Perhaps the banners could go under the community name in the sidebar to avoid problems with theming. Perhaps something like this?

@fra
37M

I like this idea, looks clean.

Dessalines
admin
creator
17M

I like this except for the banner… but I have yet to see a good example of a site that does top banners really well.

@yogthos
37M

Yeah, they tend to be kind of distracting I find. I also like the way communism.lemmy.ml does it, where there’s a small banner in the description in the sidebar which is where I got the inspiration from originally. :)

Dessalines
admin
creator
47M

Ya I agree, that one looks really good and clean, just putting a banner in the sidebar like that.

I think they might look strange at first but I think it’s a good idea and we’ll adjust and be better for it.

@nutomic
admin
77M

How about we finish the milestones first before tacking on more features?

Dessalines
admin
creator
67M

Also if anyone has some examples of sites that do a top banner well, post some pics / links.

Maybe one of the Parallax scrolling style ones, as long as it doesn’t push down the content too much.

I think both would look great. No idea of what the design should be, but icons and banners would definitely help create an identity for each community.

@diorama
57M

Yes but sub-priority. IMHO priority is federation among lemmy instances. If the move is intended to draw more testers, it is OK to do that now.

@wraptile
banned
37M

I’d argue against it.

I feel that banners got really abused and they are almost never useful. I think minimalism emphasizes on federation aspect of Lemmy, as in yes you’re on lemmy.dev/c/photography but you could easily be on foo.bar/c/photography and they are equally powerful communities just with different members/moderation.

I’d say it would be better to give sidebar more power instead. It would provide customization for identity while not diminishing the above points.

That being said going back to community’s front page is a bit hard. So some sort of extension to lemmy title that takes you back to c/whatever would be very convenient.

I throw my lot in for minimalism.

Such is the way of the Buddha.

Freeplay
26M

This is what I came up with (I used https://picsum.photos/ for random images)

Here’s the code I used (Not meant for regular use, it breaks on any other page other than this one lOl):

.col-md-4 .card-body {
	padding-top: 160px;
	overflow: hidden;
}
.col-md-4 .card-body::before {
	content: url("https://picsum.photos/348/120");
	position: absolute;
	top: 0;
	left: 0;
	border-radius: .25rem;
}
.col-md-4 .card-body::after {
	content: url("https://picsum.photos/60");
	position: absolute;
	top: 90px;
	left: 20px;
	height: 60px;
	box-shadow: 0 0 10px rgba(0,0,0,0.5);
	border-right: 248px solid var(--light);
}
.col-md-4 .card-body > h5:first-child {
	position: absolute;
	top: 103px;
	left: 90px;
	z-index: 2;
}
.col-md-4 .card-body > a[href="/c/asklemmy"] {
	position: absolute;
	top: 123px;
	left: 90px;
	z-index: 2;
}
Dessalines
admin
creator
26M

Dang, looks pretty good.

@PopeRigby
65M

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Dessalines
admin
creator
47M

Site and community banners often look ugly to me, and push down all the important content on the page. If we did have some, I’d want to do it in a way that wouldn’t push down all the content, and that would work with both light and dark themes.

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