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068 - Create a tri-fold brochure that answers the question "What is Joomla!?"

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:36 pm
by Vyte
Hello, my name is Vytaute Vasilevskyte. I'm am a 17 year old high school student.
I just recently got interested in Open Source, though decided to try things out for myself by getting to know Joomla!.

My task is to create a brochure that explains what is Joomla!.I think this task should help me to understand it better.

Since it's my first time doing an assignment like that , i would appreciate any kind of pointers, suggestions or tips that the community could possibly give. Thank you very much!

This is a description of the task:

Description

Create a fun and helpful definition of what Joomla! is and how people might
find it helpful for creating websites. Touch on the definition of open
source, CMS, and what resources are available at Joomla.org to help people
use Joomla!.

Google Task

Task claimed: Dec 14 Due: Dec 28
[me=AmyStephen]updated for project information.[/me]

Re: 068 - Create a tri-fold brochure that answers the question "What is Joomla!?

Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 6:30 am
by AmyStephen
Here are some links that are for this task. When we created all of the Google Task pages, the links did not carry over. So, we added them to the wiki - which, of course, is not obvious to anyone.  :P Sorry about that!

68 Create a tri-fold brochure that answers the question "What is Joomla!?" Outreach

    * Wikipedia - Open Source Software
    * Wikipedia - Content Management System
    * Wikipedia - Joomla!
    * What is Joomla!
    * Joomla! v 1.5 Demo Site and Example Websites

There has been several really nice tri-folds created already in the contest. I recommend looking through this area of the forum and reviewing those threads, closely. Many have provided excellent advice.

Then, I suggest starting with your outline. What are the six major points you want to make (since you have six "pages"?) And, within each of those, what are the three or four points you want to make. Run that by the community with a forum post and see what others think.

Have fun - see you around!
Amy :)

Re: 068 - Create a tri-fold brochure that answers the question "What is Joomla!?

Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:25 pm
by AmyStephen
Vytaute -

How are you doing? I would appreciate a quick update when you have a bit of time. We like to see students check in every few days. If you look at the other trifold assignments, you will see LOTS of community interaction. This is not a task you can do on your own and simply post the results. You will need feedback, guidance, assistance from the community.

If you have a draft, please share. If you have found it's not a good time to do the task (it's a busy time of year), please let us know so we can open the task for others.

If we do not hear back from you in the next day, or so, we will reopen the task.

Thanks!
Amy :)

Re: 068 - Create a tri-fold brochure that answers the question "What is Joomla!?

Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:51 pm
by Vyte
Sorry for lack of updates, this week was  a bit busy so i was just gathering all available info, but now i have lots of free time and i hope to show my work probably even tomorrow.
I apologize again  :-[

Re: 068 - Create a tri-fold brochure that answers the question "What is Joomla!?

Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 9:59 pm
by Vyte
This is how i imagine this brochure so far...
I also have few questions about what kind of applications can be used and for what kind of users should this brochure be concentrated on.
I would appreciate everyones comments and I hope it is possible to get the links to threads of participants who already tried this task. I seem to have trouble finding them  ???

Re: 068 - Create a tri-fold brochure that answers the question "What is Joomla!?"

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 9:51 pm
by Annas890
I think that overall, you need to make it more professional. Your choice of Comic Sans MS font should not be used, because it is to casual. You should also take off the image of the computer that you have on the front page. If you want to use an image of a computer try to get a more clean image. You should also get rid of those question marks on the front page.

Technically, you have a lot of spelling errors and many grammatical errors. As for the overall content, I think the brochure is lacking. You need to actually describe what Joomla! is instead of discussing general aspects of it.

I think you still have more work ahead of you, but don't fret :) Again, this is just my opinion, so I'd wait for some of the mods to voice their concerns as well.

Re: 068 - Create a tri-fold brochure that answers the question "What is Joomla!?

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 2:47 am
by trombonechamp
Your choice of Comic Sans MS font should not be used
-Yes, please do all of us and those at BanComicSans.com a favor.  Comic Sans just isn't professional.  The two fonts recommended by Joomla! are New Baskerville (Similar to Georgia) and Halvetica (Similar to Arial).
-All black for the background looks great, but it will be expensive to print.  You will want to change this to white.
HEY! WHAT IS JOOMLA!?
-As a rule of thumb, you should never use all caps.  It is considered rude/shouting and draws peoples' attention to the wrong thing.
-Take a look at: http://forum.joomla.org/index.php/topic ... msg1100105 for specifics on brochure design
-There are a bunch of spelling errors as well.  Nothing that a spell check won't fix!  :)
Joomla! has an official and many unofficial communities.
-There is only one Joomla! community.  A community doesn't necessarily mean the forum.  It means the user base.  Unless you count Mambo as an unofficial community, there is really only one Joomla! community.  There are other groups of Joomla! users though, but they are still part of the Joomla! community.
-The picture on the front of the computer on the front: it looks good, but, like Annas890 said, professionals make it look better.  You should use something from OpenClipArt or a Public Domain (keyword there is Public Domain, though Creative Commons may be fine) source.
The free software movement was launched in 1983.
-The Free Software Movement and the Open Source Movement are two completely different things.  The Free Software Movement was started back in the 1980's by Richard Stallman.  The Open Source Movement was started many years later with the founding of OSI (Open Source Initiative) in 1998.  I am not sure which one is more important to the Joomla! community, you might want to ask this to a moderator.  If you have the time, I strongly recommend you read "Free as in Freedom" (Sam Williams) and "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" (Eric Raymond).  Both are available online for free, or for purchase in print online.  Read as many of Eric Raymond's essays as you can.  They are excellent!  If you don't have time, at least read chapter 11: http://www.oreilly.com/openbook/freedom/ch11.html
For example, the software for the website Wikipedia is based on a wiki, which is a particular type of content management system.
-Sort of, but not really...  Try comparing it to SharePoint or pointing out popular sites that use something similar to a CMS.
-I don't know if it is just because I use a different OS than you (Notice how I refrained from using the word better, even though it is true  ;D), but some of the content spills over onto a new column.  You shouldn't do this with a brochure, because it impairs the readability.
As for the overall content, I think the brochure is lacking.
-I disagree.  What is there is great; it just needs some massaging. 

Re: 068 - Create a tri-fold brochure that answers the question "What is Joomla!?

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 3:00 am
by AmyStephen
Appreciate Annas890 and trombonechamp's comments.

Vyte - I recommend you pull back, a bit, and consider message. Take some time to look at the other forum threads on tri-folds. Don't worry about the formatting, yet. What are the big bullets of what should be said?

What is Joomla!? is honestly a very difficult question. Thinking through the major points - with the help of other collaborators - will be helpful.

Thanks!
Amy :)

Re: 068 - Create a tri-fold brochure that answers the question "What is Joomla!?

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:57 am
by Vyte
Thanks everyone, I will put more work into it and fix all the bad points you mentioned.
And about the content of the brochure... well that was what i found when looking through suggested links, but if its inaccurate I'll try to find and fix it also.
Thank you again, I really needed some pointers  :)

Re: 068 - Create a tri-fold brochure that answers the question "What is Joomla!?

Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:14 pm
by mcsmom
I was talking to a lead developer yesterday and he said ... you know we really need something or even a packet of somethings you can just give to someone who knows nothing about why you would use  a content management system as opposed to a static site.  I told him, by the time these ghop tasks are done, I think we will have just what you need. :)

Doing this work is hard! I am so glad you are taking on this challenge and responding to feedback in such a positive way.

Re: 068 - Create a tri-fold brochure that answers the question "What is Joomla!?

Posted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:02 am
by Vyte
I am very sorry to inform you that i will not be able to finish this brochure on time,
because I will be away for the rest of this week.
I apologize for all the inconvenience :-[

Re: 068 - Create a tri-fold brochure that answers the question "What is Joomla!?

Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 3:38 am
by AmyStephen
Vyte -

We can extend your time a bit, if that helps.

Amy :)

Re: 068 - Create a tri-fold brochure that answers the question "What is Joomla!?

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:45 pm
by AmyStephen
Vyte -

Please let us know within 24 hours if you plan to continue this task. If you really don't have the time, that's understandable. We would like to open it up for someone else, though, if you cannot finish it.

Thanks!
Amy :)

Re: 068 - Create a tri-fold brochure that answers the question "What is Joomla!?

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:01 am
by AmyStephen
Task will be re-opened for another contestant due to past due date and lack of response from contestant.

Thread will also be locked so there is no confusion with the next task. If there are questions, feel free to ask in one of the sticky threads in this forum.

Vyte - hope all is well!

Thanks,
Amy :)