[ubuntu-art] Starting the Produce phase for Edgy Eft

Viper550 gthompson at cogeco.ca
Fri Aug 18 23:22:43 BST 2006

Frank Schoep wrote:
> Hello artists,
> 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  
> to go.
> 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:
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Specs/EdgyArtworkPlan/Propose/Results
> 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  
> collaboration.
> 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:
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Specs/EdgyArtworkPlan/Produce/Incoming
> 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:
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Specs/EdgyArtworkPlan/Produce
> 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,
> Frank Schoep
Great job! I'm going to begin work right now!


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