Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Introduction to the OCS style book

Why does the Open Colour Standard need a book of style guidelines? It needs a defined style for the same reasons any other Open Source project should have one. A style book helps to define and create a unified look in a decentralized project. It helps new community members create on-message collateral and identity elements. It prevents the OCS look from becoming diffuse and meaningless. It prevents the misuse of OCS identity elements. What's more, it answer questions about the OCS look and guidelines.

In decentralized undertakings like Open Source projects, having something to tie contributors together is especially important. Since OCS has no physical culture or ties between community members, it must rely on tools like the style book to create and encourage unity.



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