The start screen in Krita is nice, but I don’t feel it has enough “call to action”, or showcases clearly enough what links are useful. I would suggest making the most useful links like donation, the Krita Manual and User Community (which I think should be changed to https://krita-artists.org/) easier to find. As of now, I don’t think many people interact with the Community tab.
This post was inspired by how Blender made their Development Fund a lot more discoverable just by adding a heart next to the link. Such a small change made a huge difference in discoverability since the heart is the only red element and draws attention to itself.
Here is the current start screen
Here is an example of how a new start screen gives focus to some actions
Here is how the current screen looks with just a simple heart added
My main point is that the most important buttons, like the Support Krita, Krita Manual, and the User Community should have better discoverability. It might not need a large redesign, but some simple icons next to the important ones could do wonders for discoverability!
The Support Krita button could even have a text akin to “Make Krita better for the future”, or something along those lines. Making it known to people that they can donate, and make the program better.