A New ALPS is Coming


Since we released the Adventist Living Pattern System (ALPS) version 2.0 in early 2016, we have been working to promote, expand and continue the development on a regular basis. We have worked with partners around the world to deploy ALPS on sites at all levels of the church, from local churches, to divisions, projects to events. Over the past year and a half, we have added patterns to meet the needs of the organizations using ALPS.

In April 2017, the Seventh-day Adventist church adopted the first major update to the logo after 20 years. These updates include a minor revision to the church symbol, a new typography system, a custom font, Advent Sans, and the Creation Grid, a 7 column grid. These exciting new changes, however, mean that some of the brand updates don’t work with ALPS.

Last month, we started work on the first major update of ALPS, version 3.x. For this version, we are teaming with Types & Symbols and SouthLeft, to ensure that this update extends the brand of the church beautifully. Types & Symbols has been working with us on the brand update and we are excited to bring them on to continue extending the Adventist brand online. SouthLeft will continue developing the front-end, ensuring that the markup, stylesheets and javascript runs solid.

Major features:

As we began this new update, there are four major areas that we are addressing:

  1. Creation Grid: The largest change that you will see in the new updates will be the addition of the creation grid into the pattern library. We are exploring various ways of doing that and are excited with the options this will bring.
  2. Logo: We will be ensuring that the new logos and type system works well in the updated designs.
  3. Typography: As we update the patens and design, we will be making sure that the type in the new logos works well with the type used throughout the design.
  4. Accessibility: Color has a huge influence in how we see the world around us. Yet approximately 8% of people have some form of color blindness, let alone those who struggle with poor vision. Over that past 18 months, we have come to realize that there are some issues with color contrast in the current system. This is something that we will address, striving to ensure WCAG 2.0 compliance in the patterns.

A few other items:

What’s happening with the current version?

The current version of ALPS, version 2.x, will continue to be maintained indefinitely. We know that many people have put lots of work into building on what is there, and we don’t plan to pull it out anytime soon.

Will I need to update my site to ALPS version 3.x?

While we won’t be forcing anyone to update to ALPS 3.x, we sure hope you want to! We will continue to maintain ALPS 2.x but with the goal of eventually transitioning all sites over to 3.x.

Will I have to completely recode my site?

We hope not. While we can’t promise exactly what will change in the next version, the current structure of the code will allow for site developers to transfer most of the site over with just changing the CSS code.

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