Sorry to hear I offended you, that wasn't my intention at all. I can
appreciate the hard work that went into getting Spree where it is today and
I respect that. So I apologize for coming off a bit harsh.
The reason I gave up was not because of Sean's reply, it was because I
realized that you either thought Spree's designed couldn't be improved much
or you were personally offended at my suggestion and were never going to be
able to see past it. I also emailed Brian Quinn, who never replied. So,
after a certain amount of hostility and ignorance, I just gave up.
The truth is, I thought you were fobbing me off. I think it's quite clear
that both Spree's UI (user flows, interaction design, layouts, mobile
design) and its visual design (colors, typography, icons etc.) are far from
their full potential. That goes for Spree's themes, admin and marketing
site. I didn't think it needed any explaining, I thought it was just
obvious. So when you seemed a little reluctant, I thought you just didn't
want to get into it.
What I was proposing, was that I would design multiple variations of Spree
modules and package them up as a Modulz pack. So users could choose between
different Spree headers, Spree footers, Spree cart modules, Spree checkout
screens, Spree Product Pages, Spree Product lists etc. All modules would be
beautiful and responsive. Users could choose between a variety of color
schemes. Users could choose between flat and glossy (gradients, shadows
etc.) design styles. I'm surprised to hear you say you had nothing to add
to that suggestion. Perhaps I didn't explain myself well enough in my post.
Again, I apologize to you and anyone else I might have offended.
On Friday, 6 September 2013 04:40:41 UTC+1, Ryan Bigg wrote:
Colm, I am offended by your comments. Calling Spree 'mediocre' is an
extreme offence to the hard work of Alexey and the rest of us who have
worked hard on Spree over the years. Please refrain from making destructive
comments like this in the future. Comments like this breed an environment
which is damaging and not a good use of anybody's time.
My replies to your first post were in response to your vagueness in
describing effectively and clearly how Spree's interfaces were not
You basically refused to go into any detail what so ever and gave up the
point after Sean explained clearly that Spree is designed to be plain so
that people can then go ahead and customize it.
I explained after this point that we would be open to having other themes
done for spree, such as our spree_fancy theme.
I did not reply to the second post regarding Modulz because I did not have
anything to add to that discussion. Modulz does appear to be only for
marketing sites only, based on my short investigation. I do not see how
this could be useful to Spree stores. Maybe I am missing something.
If you would like to contribute back to Spree, the best way to do this (as
outlined by Nate as a reply to your first post) would be to create your own
theme along the similar lines of spree_fancy, and make that available to
the Spree community.
Thank you for your time.
On Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 1:10 PM, Colm Tuite <[email protected]
Thanks for the positive feedback :)
I offered my help twice on this forum. My first attempt was met with
hostility, the second was completely ignored. I was honestly willing to
spend a few weeks redesigning the interface for free, but nobody seemed
overly interested. The powers that be seem very protective over Spree and
don't actively encourage people to improve the design. My guess is that it
will remain a mediocre product forever, which is a shame.
Since, this topic went completely unnoticed, I doubt it will ever come to
On Sunday, 1 September 2013 13:53:56 UTC+1, Benjamin Johnston wrote:
I know it's been a while since this was discussed, but is it still part
of your Modulz roadmap?
Modulz itself seems like a great, simple product by the way – style is
On Friday, February 22, 2013 7:04:09 PM UTC-8, Colm Tuite wrote:
I recently offered my help to make spree beautiful<https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!topic/spree-user/1RntCEuUPEU
Some positive feedback was nice to see so thanks for the encouragement.
After thinking about this some more, I had an idea which you might be
I just launched Modulz <http://www.modulz.co
> which was pretty well
received. I thought about designing a Modulz add-on pack which would
include multiple variations of Spree interface sections. So, multiple
variations of "related products", "headers", "footers", "cart", "checkout"
and whatever other layouts are common to Spree. It would also include
multiple elements. So, multiple buttons, form inputs etc.
You would sign into Modulz, choose which Spree Modulz you need,
download the HTML and CSS and plug it into your Spree app. You could then
customize your Modulz using the usual customization options which are
demonstrated on the Modulz website.
This approach would offer you multiple, customizable Modulz, rather
than being stuck to one whole template.
Interested to hear your feedback.
Spree Commerce, Inc.