Design Patterns, Now More Open and Social

I am delighted to be able to announce today that we are relaunching the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library with ten new patterns, a reorganized category-structure, cleaner URLs for easier bookmarking, and much, much more.

OK, maybe just a little bit more. The ten newest patterns are all in the Social category, and they're just the tip of the iceberg of a major set of patterns emerging from the Social Design Patterns project I've been working on for more than two years. (A Yahoo! Press book on the same topic is coming from O'Reilly in September.)

We've got more rich interaction patterns on their way as well. Perhaps more important than our current pattern pipeline is that we are moving to a much more open pattern review and revision process: We've added a new rating level for patterns called "Beta," and we will use it to publish unfinished patterns and request comments on them from the larger community. The accordion pattern will be the first guinea pig for this process, as we already published a survey through the YUI blog to solicit community input.

We've built out more forums and integrated them more tightly with the relevant pattern categories, and we've added Buzz and Delicious buttons and links to each pattern to enable easier saving, sharing, and favoriting (and to give us more insight into the most useful and popular patterns).

In reorganizing the site navigation we've built up the sections that complement the pattern collection itself with information about the library, about patterns in general, and about peer libraries and related resources.

Finally, we've got three new versions of the stencil kit available now (Fireworks, Axure, and 8 Shapes Unify) and we're prioritizing requests from the community for future versions of the kit.

Christian Crumlish
Pattern Recognizer
Twitter: @mediajunkie