[ubuntu-art] Changing GIMP splash for Dapper
frank at ffnn.nl
Wed Apr 12 17:58:26 BST 2006
Hello Ubuntu Art Team,
I wanted to discuss the posibilities of changing the current GIMP splash
screen. I documented my thoughts and reasoning behind this proposal in the
following bug report on Launchpad:
As you can see, the package maintainers pointed me towards the Art mailing
list and it seemed like a very good proposition. I searched the archives of
March and April 2006, but only found the following thread related to The
In the bugreport, I wrote the following:
GIMP's splash screen in Dapper feels rather unpolished compared to the one
found in Breezy (will attach a comparison shortly). This is not strictly a
bug in Dapper, but in my opinion a rather poor choice upstream. My suggestion
would be to reuse the Breezy splash screen in Dapper, I'll elaborate a bit
more on why I'm proposing this change.
The current Dapper splash screen is the result of a competition set up by the
GIMP Team celebrating the tenth anniversary of the program. I followed this
contest from the start and I feel that none of the entries matches the
elegance and polish displayed by the current splash screen in Breezy.
Especially the winner, and thus the current splash, lacks in a few
- The GIMP title text is barely legible due to the font, shadow and bordering
- Legibility gets worse for the color blind, try using the "Deuteranopia"
display filter on the new splash, it becomes one big washed out gray area
- A rusty dial doesn't instill confidence or inspire creativity
- The green color doesn't match any element in the Dapper theme and feels out
The current Breezy splash offers the following advantages:
- The orange base color blends in perfectly in the new Ubuntulooks theme and
the overall appearance of the desktop environment
- The GIMP name is sharp and has a good contrast compared to the white
- The pencils are appropriately themed and (for me) do inspire creativity
- The white background makes the splash screen uplifting and clean instead of
depressing (the green in the new one is kind of dark)
- The version number doesn't list the minor release so it could be reused
without any further changes
To rehash: I would feel that the Ubuntu Dapper release would benefit greatly
by reverting a bad aesthetical choice upstream. I haven't held a popularity
contest or something, but I hope I've been able to convey my thoughts and
feelings on this subject with a solid list of arguments.
If the Breezy splash is not an option, the Dapper example content also
provides a GIMP splash screen which looks better than the current Dapper one.
Look for this one in the Examples folder in your home directory on Dapper.
All of the above is purely subjective and represents my view on the subject,
please take this in consideration.
I attached a comparison image to the bugreport, which can be found online
I hope I can set off a spark to make Dapper better and feel more integrated
and polished. Thanks for reading this far and I'd be glad to receive your
thoughts on this matter.
With kind regards,
(Sorry if this one's a dupe, I previously sent this message from a different
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