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These pages illustrate the design vision for Sugar. Many of the ideas have been incorporated into Sugar. Some are deprecated and some have yet to be realized. Browse these pages to get a general understanding of the rational behind the Sugar user experience, but be aware that there is not necessarily a direct correspondence to the current implementation.

The Features section of the wiki contains specific requests to incorporate new design features into Sugar releases.

Much of this content was developed during the collaboration between the One Laptop per Child Sugar Team, Pentagram, and Red Hat in 2006/2007. Eben Eliason was the primary author of many of these pages, but is no longer actively involved in the project.


The mission of the Design Team is to make Sugar beautiful, elegant, and highly functional for our target users.

Human Interface Guidelines


The Design Team also maintains a list of specifications which provide additional details regarding the appearance and behavior of various software features. The specifications page is empty at present, but will be populated soon with preliminary specs for a number of features either currently implemented or planned for upcoming releases.