Thank you for backing the Webform module's Open Collective
First off, I want to thank the backers of the Webform module's Open Collective. After my last blog post, Open email asking organizations to back the Webform module and Drupal-related Open Collectives, we have 14 backers and a current balance of $908.44 that needs to be spent.
I also received a comment and an email about the need for some process for paid support. It’s worth noting that the Drupal Association is exploring a paid support model for assisting with security releases. We should recognize that Drupal 8 was a major software change and it is one that is still changing the Drupal community. And while I am thinking about how the Drupal community is changing and how we can develop better support around the Webform module, one of my more immediate concerns is improving the Webform module's Open Collective, and brand is the first thing I want to address.
Improving the Webform module's Open Collective
Defining and strengthening the Webform module's mission will help clarify to backers what they are supporting and getting from the Webform module. The product summary for the Webform module is…
The Webform module provides all the features expected from an enterprise proprietary form builder combined with the flexibility and openness of Drupal
Drupal directly completes with proprietary Content Management Systems and the Webform module is competing with 100's of proprietary form and survey builders. The Webform module is not included on any top form builder lists, even though in a feature comparison we are on par with most of these form builders, with the added benefit that Drupal and Webform is completely free for everyone to use. This is why with the launch of the Webform's Open Collective, I proposed using collected funds to improve the Webform module's marketing and brand.
Improving the Webform module's brand
The Drupal Association is actively working on promoting Drupal. At the same time, we as a community can also promote Drupal's contribute module ecosystem. There are some amazing contributed projects with equally amazing developers contributing and maintaining these projects. Besides writing quality open source software, it’s also essential to consider the big picture of an open source project. For example, the Webform module's project page's information architecture works to address every aspect of the Webform module from encouraging people to watch a video, try the Webform module, and explore documentation. The summation of a piece of software or project is visually represented by a logo.
A dedicated logo is missing from the Webform module's project and Open Collective landing pages.
I did not start this blog post with this direct ask for Webform logo because I feel there is much greater need and opportunity for the Drupal community. That said...
Better branding is missing from most Drupal contributed projects.
Improving all Drupal-related projects brand
Some Drupal projects have dedicated logos which help establish the project's brand.
All of the above project logos demonstrate how having a visual representation helps establish a project's brand.
In the spirit of the giving back to Drupal community…
Is it possible for us to collaborate and create a logo for the Webform module that also provides a universal logo kit which makes it possible for any Drupal contributed project to have a dedicated logo?
Providing a logo kit for Drupal contribute projects
When exploring the existing project logos in the Drupal community, I feel there are two key requirements for a reusable logo kit.
First, the logo should include a visual reference to Drupal. I like the concept of using the Drupal "drop" with some icon or text placed inside the drop.
The Webform module's logo requirements and process
Right now, the simplest icon which could be used to represent a form builder is a checkbox, but I am open to other suggestions. The logo should also optionally include the 'Webform' project name. The Webform logo may also be used with the Webform UI as a callout.
Our entire process will be transparent with all materials freely available. As this project proceeds, we will publish blog posts encouraging community feedback.
Who should respond to this request for proposal
First and foremost, you need to want to give something back to Drupal and Open Source with the understanding that your contribution will be recognized, although you will most likely not to be fully financially compensated for work.
We have only $900 USD available for this project. It is not a lot and may be too little. It might make sense for us to do a two-phase approach with the Webform logo designed in phase 1 and the Drupal contributed project logo kit part of phase 2.
I know some people or organizations might do willing to do this work for free, but it is important that you are compensated in some way because…
It is not reasonable to assume that someone is going to doing something for free because they are contributing to open source.
Proposals could be very simple with a general statement of work and timeline. Our entire process is going to be transparently done using the Drupal.org issue queue. Proposals can be posted as comments to Issue #3026111: Create a logo and header for the Webform module. Also, feel free to ping on the Drupal Slack #webform channel if you have questions.
I opened this blog post thanking the existing backers of the Webform because they are making it possible for the Webform module to have a logo. Building a reusable logo kit for all contributed projects most likely requires more funds. Having a Drupal contributed project logo kit will help us strengthen our community's visual brand and presentation.