[ubuntu-art] Inconsistence of gradients and artwork colors

Petr Tomeš ptomes at gmail.com
Sun Apr 2 16:37:02 BST 2006

Hi all,

I think it is the high time to see, how is artwork handled on Ubuntu's
bigest rivaling operating system and Ubuntu's related Kubuntu:

Windows Vista:

Max OS X:

Kubuntu 6.06 Flight 5

There is always two, maximally three dominant (different) colours and
their shades, but that colours go very well together (not as
chocolate-caramel and orange on current Ubuntu). See specially on the
Kubuntu screenshot, how well it has balanced color pallete, which goes
perfectly with Kubuntu logo and artwork of Kubuntu.org site. Using the
right and consistent colour is very important to visual identity
across many places, not only in software itself.

I've try to quickly made an artwork, what direction could Dapper artwork go:


1. Every piece of changed artwork on my screenshot has been created
with consistency in mind. There simple haven't be so many different
color schemes on title bars, menu items, progress bars, official site,
login screen, logout screen, documentation, CD...
2. Every piece of changed artwork on my screenshot has been created
with accessibility and usability in mind. Foreground and background
color combinations provide sufficient contrast when viewed by someone
having color deficits (not as on current Ubuntu - see bug at:
https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/ubuntulooks/+bug/37603 )

Please look for some inspiration. Look on Novell Desktop or Redhat
artwork. Or on Kubuntu. Please make Dapper Drake really Dapper. Don't
do any game with gradiends and so many different colour schemes
everywhere. You aren't doing coloring for small children but usefull,
professional and (hopefully) competitive operating system supported 3
years on desktop.

Please consider my points while it is time to make the artwork better.
Thank you.

Petr Tomeš,
Ubuntu CZ - http://www.ubuntu.cz/

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