I recently got inspired by a talk I saw at YGLF, from Vitaly Friedman of Smashing Magazine. He talked about a visual redesign of Smashing that they've been working on for over a year.
Some of the things he talked about which stood out to me were:
From a design perspective, I think the user's goal on these pages is to decide which package (if any) they want to learn more about. I think "how often it's been downloaded" and "how recently has it been updated" are the key things to know when deciding to investigate further, but the design should still work visually even if those elements are not present.
View a Package
View an individual Module
Initial Page Load
The idea here is to show the popular packages on initial page load of package.elm-lang.org, rather than having them in the sidebar. This is because:
I'm not sure if these should display the "downloads" and "last modified" icons. That info probably isn't useful to the end user when it comes to these packages.
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