Maemo 5 design documentation on Forum Nokia

Published by Rafe Blandford at 18:32 UTC, September 20th 2009

Forum Nokia has published a number of UI design documents for Maemo 5. The published documents include Freemantle Layout Guide (introduces the exact layout and graphics of Fremantle), Hildon 2.2 Style Guide (explains the user interface principles) and Hildon 2.2 Widget Specification (specifies the Hildon 2.2 widgets). Early this month Forum Nokia also published a on redesigning Maemo 4 applications for Maemo 5.

Hildon 2.2 Widget UI Specification
This document specifies the Hildon 2.2 widgets, following the Hildon 2.2 UI Style. For more detailed information on the UI style, refer to the Hildon 2.2 UI Style Guide. The exact layout and graphics are defined in the Fremantle Master Layout Guide.

Hildon 2.2 UI Style Guide
This document gives an overview of the Hildon 2.2 UI style for Maemo 5. It explains the user interface principles and provides guidelines and recommendations to ensure that all user interfaces designed for the platform offer a similar and consistent user experience.

Fremantle Master Layout Guide
This document introduces the exact layout and graphics of Fremantle. It discusses all layout-related topics, including margins, dialogues, text editors, and colours. For detailed instructions on how to use the colours in a logical manner, refer to the Hildon 2.2 Widget UI Specification.

Maemo 5 Desktop Widget UI Guidelines
This document explains how to build consistent and user-friendly desktop widgets following the design philosophy, interaction model, and visual look-and-feel of Maemo 5. This document is complemented by the Fremantle Master Layout Guide and the Hildon 2.2 UI Style Guide containing visual guidance and references, as well as by the Hildon 2.2 Widget UI Specification containing interaction and technical background information.

Redesigning from Maemo 4 to Maemo 5
This document describes how to redesign a Maemo 4 application for Maemo 5, that is, the Hildon 2.2 UI Style. The Modest email client is used as an example application. For detailed information on the UI Style, see the Hildon 2.2 UI Style Guide. For detailed information on the Hildon toolkit widgets, refer to the Hildon 2.2 Widget UI Specification. The exact layout and graphics are defined in the Fremantle Master Layout Guide.

However it is worth noting that many of the Maemo documents made available via Forum Nokia are effectively a snapshot in time from the maemo.org wiki.

Further discussion is available on talk.maemo.org.

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