[ubuntu-art] Changing GIMP splash for Dapper

Pascal Klein 4pascal at tpg.com.au
Sun Apr 16 09:02:34 BST 2006

On Wed, 2006-04-12 at 18:58 +0200, Frank Schoep wrote:
> 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:
> https://launchpad.net/malone/bugs/38968
> 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 
> https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-art/2006-March/000740.html
> 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 
> departments:
>  - 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 
> of place
> 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 
> background
>  - 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 
> here:
> http://www.ffnn.nl/media/external/ubuntu/gimp-splash-compare.jpg
> 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,
> Frank Schoep
> (Sorry if this one's a dupe, I previously sent this message from a different 
> account)

I'd be happy to offer the two that I posted earlier and are already in
the example content package. You can find the XCF at

and the PNG/JPEG on my site, ought to be the first splash in the page:

Happy easter and kind regards,
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