On Mon, 16 Apr 2018, at 6:53 PM, Alexandre Rafalovitch wrote:

It is worth noting the heritage of the current UI. It was a reworking of the old, ugly JSP admin UI in 3.x. It more or less took the same pages and made them (much) more beautiful.

Then the angular one took that and gave it a newer backend. And then collections awareness was added.

Each of these were additive, leading to a little bit of an architectural mess.

So I think you are right - the first step is one of information architecture - how do we present all the details. That could then be presented to a UI designer if we found one. And one might be easier to find if we had the architecture.

Not only that, it might be possible to start building using something like Bootstrap or MaterialUI, and style it later - i.e. just following conventions rather than doing 'design'.