Not too long ago, we wrote a little blog post about some of the work we’ve been doing for CiviHR's new user experience and visual design and after months (and months) with our paintbrushes out it’s finally time to take the lid off the next phase of that project... integrating that look and feel into CiviCRM core…
The outcome is a new “Theme” extension for CiviCRM called “Shoreditch” that you’ll soon be able to download and install to completely update the look and feel of your CiviCRM installation!
The new look and feel is based on the style toolkit that you can find here:
We’ll follow with some more technical details of the theme in a later blog post, but what you of course want to see is how does this actually look… and in true Extreme Makeovers style here’s some of the before and after’s from the new theme:
Old: Contact record
New: Contact record
Old: Advanced search:
New: Advanced search:
We’ve also had the opportunity to attack whole modules of CiviCRM...
One of the first modules was CiviCase.
Our focus has been on simplifying the experience, keeping everything you need to know about your case on a single screen that features friendly pullout-style windows (much like task management software Asana). At a glance the updated improvements are:
An updated case list from allowing you to search by case type or status in a single click
A timeline view showing case history
A check box system allowing users to quickly check off tasks
Colour coded tags
Case Summary Screen:
The above are static designs, but to understand how it all fits together we’ve created this little gif of the work done so far...
Notice how you can move between cases smoothly and review activities in the feed without needing to click in and out of modal windows :)
We’ve also added icons, logos and colour-coded tags to make the system both visually appealing and easy to use. Watch this space for some more updates coming soon on this project!
We’ve also worked to integrate the MOSAICO library more fully with CiviCRM.
For those who missed the original Blog post this is a project to replace the CiviMail email editor with a responsive ‘drag-and-drop’ interface (a-la-mailchimp!), allowing CiviCRM users to create beautiful emails with ease.
We’ve created another little gif to see it all in action!
The new Mosaico extension uses the new styles to good effect to make a simple, clean wizard interface for creating your mailing.
The new Mosaico extension is in final testing before release and we hope to have it available in the next week or two. It will be designed for v4.7 but there will also be an unofficial backport for v4.6 users also available. The intention is that after a little bit of road testing this will become the default mailing editor for CiviCRM and will "ship with CiviCRM core".
In terms of the Shoreditch theme we’re still in heavy development… we’re about 60% of the way through the whole interface for CiviCRM, but there’s still a lot of work to do… (for example picking some final colours… be-where you may need sunglasses for the next image:)
We’ll be starting a “make it happen” campaign to raise the funds to complete the work shortly and if you think you can contribute please do get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can hopefully get this initiative completed.
You can get the current version of the shoreditch extension at the link below but note that it is undergoing daily changes and probably not suitable for production quite yet (but feedback is welcome anyway!):
Work on the new CiviCase is ongoing and we would roughly expect this to be completed by the end of the summer, along with a number of other improvements to the CiviCRM user interface that we are hoping to include!
We’ll be showing off the new user interface in more detail at CiviCON St Louis, so really hope to see you there!
Right, back to the canvas...