[ubuntu-art] Spreading the word

Pascal Klein 4pascal at tpg.com.au
Fri Sep 23 06:51:07 CDT 2005

On Fri, 23 Sep 2005 07:17 pm, Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen wrote:

> We need six wallpapers for the calendar. I would really love to see a
> calendar where there's a common red thread through all six images.
> Ideally users should be looking forward to see the next calendar image.

Do these need to be photographs of people, or just anything?

> The closest thing you get to this is transparent SVG wallpapers. They
> allow you to set background colors or gradients behind the image.

I like SVGs for they have a major advantage in that field, however I think 
pixmap edited and created graphics also have a purpose. Both SVG and PNG/JPEG 
graphics should ideally be included as part of the Breezy artwork release.

> Ideally I'd like every wallpaper (also calendar work) to be a
> transparent SVG so that they would go with all GTK themes. Actually this
> is exactly why I don't use the current calendar images. They are brown,
> but my GTK theme uses blue highlighting... - Looks weird. Transparent
> SVGs would solve this.

Agreed, however not everyone knows what an SVG is, how to change the 
background gradient and/or colour. I think the safest and most userfriendly 
way to go is provide both SVG and pixmap artwork (especially in terms of 

> The downside to transparent SVGs is that it's harder to incorporate
> photographs. - It's still doable though. I've also run into some trouble
> with gradients. Check bug:
> https://bugzilla.ubuntu.com/show_bug.cgi?id=16025

Photographs are next to impossible to convert into an SVG. Of course potrace 
does a fine job, but then it is no longer really a photograph.

Taking a look at what needs to be done - 
	Three or four _really_ different wallpapers. 
	Not just the ubuntu logo in different layouts.
	Maybe targeting different user groups. Suggested
	types of wallpapers:
		- Children (Colours, cute cartoons. As a last resort we could use one from 
		- Teenagers (Go for cool factor. See fx. 
		- Abstract (like 
		- Realistic (a reworked photo or something)

Some of those would be quite difficult to make as SVGs. I think we should 
include a variety of artwork, ranging from realistic (the reworked - if at 
all - photos), to stuff for the younger users, but also in not only SVG but 
PNG/JPEGs as well.

> Cheers
> Mikkel

My 2 cents. :o)
Have a nice weekend all

Pascal Klein

Pascal Klein
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