Community Wishlist Survey 2019/Multimedia and Commons/New design for video and audio player

  • Problem: Both Wikimedia video and audio player looks very old. Once I thought the audio player was finally updated, but it was just default Google player, which was shown until Wikimedia's one loaded. Today, there are many trends, like Google Material Design, and it's important to have a modern look. So, please, make it modern, less square, (maybe more round), maybe you can have an inspiration from Google's Material Design. Just make it look like not from the previous decade. Many thanks!
  • Who would benefit: Everybody reading articles on Wikimedia projects
  • Proposed solution: Make new design both for audio and video player
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@Luky001: What is a "Google player"? (Did you maybe mean the default player shipped in some Google browser that you're using?) "Google Material Design" seems to be en:Material Design. Am I correct that the current "Problem" description above basically says "I don't like how it looks" but does not cover any functionality/workflow issues? --AKlapper (WMF) (talk) 13:02, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

I meant the default player in Chrome, e.g. when you open MP3 sound file in Chrome, there is the default one. Yeah, you assumed it correctly, I don't like how it looks, but functionality is OK. It's just the thing that I think that we should have modern look for these players. Wikipedia graphics are regularly updated, for example buttons got a new look in the past years, pop-up messages (when you are editing, etc.), etc. Why shouldn't we then update the look of these players? --Luky001 (talk) 15:36, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
@Luky001: The WMF has been planning to replace the video player entirely: phab:T100106. It seems progress has been fairly slow. Jc86035 (talk) 15:46, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
  • @Luky001:, could you expand more on what benefit this would have to multimedia content? For a stronger proposal I'd encourage a reason for why engineers (and designers!) should spend time on this. What would a "modern look" mean for the projects and movement? How would it improve things?
It would look nicer. It's like comparing Wikipedia now and 15 years ago - we have nice buttons now (instead of basic ones as it was before), nice Recent changes page, in which you can navigate easily, Visual Editor, which made editing of Wikimedia projects much easier, and much more. Everything on the Internet is changing now to better design (minimalistic, clean, etc.). Displaying images wasn't always done in Media Viewer, and it looks great now thanks to it. So from my point of view, it's because I want it to look modern and nice. It is not something revolutionary, but it will look better. --Luky001 (talk) 17:12, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Related, we'd most likely use OOUI, a design library whose principles are becoming more consistent across MediaWiki and related components. CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 16:58, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

@Luky001 and CKoerner (WMF): There is already a working demo of the in-development new video player (thanks to Jdforrester (WMF) for showing it to me). (For it to display you need to enable the Beta Feature for it after creating a new account on the test wiki.) Its styling does look a little like the OOUI buttons', but it seems slightly different to me. I think it would be better to reframe this proposal as a request to finish development of that media player, since there has already been a substantial amount of work done for it. Jc86035 (talk) 16:35, 3 November 2018 (UTC)