[ubuntu-art] Starting the Produce phase for Edgy Eft
frank at ffnn.nl
Fri Aug 18 22:41:40 BST 2006
As you all might know I've been busy drafting the directions for the
Produce phase based on all submissions that came in during Propose.
I've been getting opinions and feedback from a whole range of people,
from the Ubuntu community forums (thanks to Ubuntu Demon) to the
members of the Community Council and as far as I can tell, we're good
First things first, of course - so let me show you the results I
summarized and turned into artwork directions based on the material
available to me. These results of the Propose phase are documented
here on the Wiki and will serve as the basis for steering artwork
production during Produce:
Before you start worrying, let me describe the contents of that page:
to describe the artwork direction I've discerned three components
that make up our artwork. The three components are style, look and
palette. I'll explain each one.
A style is an overarching compositional guide for each artwork
target. As you might remember, an artwork target is one of the
following: usplash, GDM theme, login splash and the desktop
wallpaper. Each style I described takes into account the global look
and feel of each target and applies a single compositional theme to
it. The three styles I described are Circles, Rounded and Failsafe,
see the Wiki for sketches and references.
The next component, looks, is a guide for the textures of the
elements in our artwork. A look describes the textural contrast
between foreground and background elements. I've described two looks
for the Produce phase: "Matte and Gloss" and "All out Gloss", both
are described in more detail on the Wiki. A look also prescribes the
use of a certain logo style, but we can interchange these if desired.
Last, but surely not least, is the third component: palettes. A
palette provides base colors to use for your design. I've created two
simple triangles to start with: one consisting of the base Human
colors and one derived from the Dapper wallpaper image. I've also
created two purple triangles for use with Kubuntu artwork. These are
not officially endorsed by Kenneth Wimer, but act more as a starting
point to create something purple.
The plan is to combine styles, looks and palettes to create concrete
artwork in (3 x 2 =) 6 directions of which we'll continue to polish
the most promising ones. I left palettes out of the equation because
we'll be working in source formats for this phase which can be seen
as palette-agnostic, because palettes can be changed quite easily
once you have access to the source file for the artwork.
The source format point is actually very important. To be able to
quickly accommodate to changes and to try different compositions we
need to work in an open fashion using SVGs and XCFs as a base (please
try to avoid PSDs and XARs as those formats might be troublesome).
PNGs and JPEGs are fine for showing previews, but make sure to share
the image's sources as soon as possible to allow for extensive
I created a new "Incoming" page specially designed for posting
submissions for the Produce phase. It is located under the actual
phase status page on the Wiki:
We'll be deviating from the initial time plan for Produce since the
process has experienced a few unplanned delays. For now, we'll start
producing artwork in the styles and see at what pace we're progressing.
If you decide to jump in and produce artwork in a given style and
look, please update the Produce phase status page on the Wiki. There
is a table on that page containing all combinations of styles and
looks, please add your name and a short notice on what you're doing
so that duplicate work / entries can be prevented initially. Once
we've got all combinations in at least one variation, you can create
and refine existing combinations as well. The table of combinations
is located here:
I hope this e-mail, and especially the new goal, are clear. To help
you out, here's a one paragraph summary:
Choose a style and look from the Propose results page, check on the
Produce status Wiki page if no-one else is working on the
combination, then update the Wiki page. Create artwork for each
artwork target in the chosen combination, then post preview and links
to the sources on the Produce incoming Wiki page. That's all there is
to it right now.
If you have questions or comments, let me know - I'll have a lot of
Ubuntu time next week with the UDS in Wiesbaden so I'll be all ears.
At the moment, we've got a lot of momentum within the artwork team
and we've got a LOT of people who are really happy with what we're
doing right now. Let's work together on making the Edgy artwork as
awesome as possible, I know we can do this!
I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you all for reading
and sticking with the team even through the hard times, you're amazing.
With kind regards,
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