Personas for Firefox is a prototype extension that adds easy-to-style, easy-to-change skins to the browser.
Since the Personas project launched, the extension has been downloaded almost 5 million times, and the gallery has welcomed over 13,000 designs.
Over the past three weeks, the Personas development team has released two updates to the project. Much of this effort was driven through community feedback, particularly from the Personas discussion group. In the earlier release, we enabled pagination and sharing on the site, localized the extension in additional languages, and ported Personas to Thunderbird. In the latest release, we focused on improving the experience for the Personas artists who create and share their work in the public gallery.
Improving the Artist’s Experience
A major goal for the Personas project is not only to scale a gallery of art, but to give each artist a platform to create and promote their work. In the latest release, we aimed to make it even easier to create Persona art, and to enable each artist to build their presence within the gallery. With these objectives in mind, we added the following features to the project:
- Artist Detail Pages: As the gallery expands, it becomes increasingly important for each artist to have their own personal space within the site to display their creations. In the prior release, we solved this problem by creating detail pages for each artist. So, if you have created several persona designs, you can now share your entire set of work by sharing a single link.
- Revamped Design Tutorial: Sean Martell developed an easy-to-read and apply tutorial (located in the “How To” section of the site) that makes it easier for each artist to create and share quality art in the Personas gallery. The tutorial also points to free online editing resources, which lets artists without access to Photoshop, or other pay-to-use editing software, participate in the gallery.
The Personas project will continue to evolve quickly with your ideas and feedback. If you have thoughts on how to make Personas better, please discuss and debate them with the community in our discussion group or add a solution to our newly created support wiki. We will continue to update you with the progress of the project.
– Toby Elliott, Ryan Doherty, and Suneel Gupta on behalf of the Personas development team.
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