A redesign idea
Hi! I've gave this some thought, as I would really like to see Diaspora moving to a next step in the near future. I already proposed some minor tweaks on Diaspora's UI and started contributing to the Bootstrap porting (will continue this long weekend! woohoo!).
In the meantime, I took a deeper look into the foundation website, and I would really love to see something like this happening, an up-to-date bold redesign, that could help engaging more people, users and potential developers.
I have visual communication experience from working with agencies for years, so I can help with about anything regarding that. I believe that good branding is crucial to make Diaspora more engaging for users and devs.
Take a look at the EmberJS site for an example, is just a JS framework, pure code, but their site is heavily designed and branded. Even if you don't know Ember, entering their site gives you some idea that something is going on well there.
I think free software needs a lot from us designers, and sadly, not many designers engage with that.
So, here is a first take I took on the Diaspora Foundation site. I've put some serious thought into it. It may be shocking, but please be imaginative, and trust me on this, an updated look like this could be a hit. Try to envision the impact of a relaunch campaign.
This is an interactive prototype with two screens: home, and philosophy. You can click on "Philosophy" or "find out why", just click anywhere and you will find the hotspots. You can also leave comments there, pressing C o hitting the comment button at the bottom.
Feel free to love it, hate it, criticize, implement it... IMHO, it's a good starting point to checkout some looks and go further with the rest of the pages. Not a big site, this would be really easy to implement.
Font is Open Sans (free)
Background image is a free photo from sxc.hu.