I just upgraded to 10.2.1 and I'm drawing a blank for how I can brand our Self Service. I've sent the technical specifications of the icon and banner size to one of our graphic designers but without some samples of what is out there, we're kinda fumbling.
I've had a couple ideas for just boring company logo over a photo of our building. Blah. I've had another idea for a banner image that I can change out with static alerts like holiday hours, company events, special software updates that need users' attention. But I don't know how they would look with the Self Service window at different sizes. Unfortunately JamfPro doesn't give us a sandbox to play around in to preview things. (I'm struggling to get a test server working at the moment)
I know that the text overlay is white so our images have to have proper contrast for it to be seen, but I'd like to see some real-world examples. Let us see what you've got! 🙂
I decided I wanted to play and Photoshop one day and ironically found a very-wide picture of the students that ran in the local paper (website). It made it easy to start with...I then took Bucky the Broncho and made him into an iPhone-shaped icon with smooth edges but not too much. Finally, because our district has a unified mascot for all the schools and "we are one family, one Broncho Nation", I carried that forth and put the more formal LSC Apple IT Support below it for the uninitiated. A part of me wants to put "Software Center for the Mac" like @tblackwell...I refuse on principle though...I've been using Self Service on the Apple side of the house for about 2 years before the Windows side started using Software Center....more users know the name Software Center though at the higher grades because the higher grades tend to be Windows deployments. Also, yes we spell Broncho here with an 'h' due to a funny mistake that occurred back in the early 1900s.
At the moment, as long as Self Service still works, I'm not too bent out of shape over the re-design. I don't quite see the advantage of it over the legacy version, since most of the main content (aka buttons to click) still look the same. Just that a) the header image doesn't fit, and b) the sidebar looks more "Finder" than it did before. Sure. Ok.
There was a time in the early/mid 2010's where Jamf kept putting out upgrades that just. did. not. work. At least we aren't having that problem with self service.
Pre-10.27 and with 10.27. Major issues with the space allocated for Company name (which violates our branding standards), banner image re-sizing, etc.
Oh and Categories... Not there... Unless I click in the blank space located between the Search field and the Notification, at which point a Browse pull down appears with the categories.
So yeah, lots of stuff to not like.
This change was brought to my attention by a user, which is embarrassing. Especially when you're a creative company full of people that scrutinize these things.
It does seem odd that Jamf is a company focused on Apple products but seems to be incapable of following Apple's UI design guidelines. Nothing looks or acts very Apple-like, so I'm not surprised by this, but I wish I didn't have to do damage control.