[ubuntu-art] bringing good things to life

Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen mikkel.kamstrup at gmail.com
Thu Jan 4 16:25:40 GMT 2007

2007/1/4, Matthew Nuzum <newz at bearfruit.org>:
> OK, I've been a part of the art-team since the very beginning. We started
> out by being a bunch of people who liked art and wanted to help the Ubuntu
> community in some way... some by contributing web graphics (powered by
> ubuntu, etc), some by creating wall papers, others by creating themes, and
> yet others by simply giving feedback and encouragement.
> Then, we had a drive to make the art-team productive... instead of just
> being a community of artists and enthusiasts we became driven to produce
> something. Make specs, complete specs, etc. That's not bad, but its starting
> to feel like the team is burned out and it appears that activity has
> plummeted.
> While we struggle to regain our identity and get back on track to produce
> something, lets distract ourselves a bit and return to our roots. Let's just
> do art for fun again for a while.
> Here's my suggestion. But first, some people know that I have a
> canonical.com email address... I am not using that address because I am
> speaking as a fellow art-team member. This is just my own personal
> hair-brained idea, not that of my employer.
> Many people participate and contribute to the Ubuntu community by creating
> packages that get into Universe. Now, while it's really exciting to have
> packages in main, it's still cool to be in Universe and a lot of people use
> it.
> My suggestion is that we create a package called art-team-edgy (or
> art-team-feisty) and elect an "artist in chief" (aic) for a release. The
> team, lead by the aic, will choose a palette and a few guidelines and then
> engage the community to create a desktop artwork package that meets the
> guidelines. To complement the package we would also have
> art-team-edgy-calendar (or whatever) that would have a new background
> monthly until the next release and then continuing on as long as that
> release's aic gets contributions.
> I'm not suggesting a coup, I'm just suggesting something to make
> contributing art fun. Maybe our process will get good enough so that one day
> we could get art-team-* into main, but again, by not making that the
> immediate goal it gives us a lot of freedom. It also gives a lot of artists
> the opportunity to contribute, since new backgrounds will be out monthly.
> The aic would be elected by the team and would be the person to make the
> final decision for art during that release. The team would vote and cast
> opinions, but it would be the tabdfr (team appointed benevolent dictator for
> release) who gets to take the votes into consideration and make the final
> call - note that this is different than a democracy, the only democratic
> part is who the aic is. This is just a suggestion, I'll leave it to the team
> to decide how the role should work if we decide to do this, but my $0.02
> worth is that without a leader to make a final, potentially difficult
> decision, some important decisions will get lost in the committees.
> So, Feisty releases in a few months. We know practically nothing about what
> to expect for that release, but that's OK. We know it will use gnome 2.18
> and soon we'll know if it will have a compositing window manager. If we're
> not aiming for main, we can do whatever we want... polka dots, stripes,
> flames, kittens, whatever. We can choose our palette, our icon theme
> (although it makes sense to go with the flow of course), everything!
> OK, I've been thinking about this for a while, and I even mentioned the
> calendar idea a couple months ago... I saw the recent bug report (#77289)
> and this forum thread recently
> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=326420 and decided
> to get my it in gear and actually do something (send this e-mail).
> How about some people +1 this if they like the idea, ensuring to note if
> they feel competent enough to contribute a monthly background. We'd also
> need a person willing to be the scape goat and be the first aic...

+1 for a reboot :-)

I say - let open the floodgates once again. Let's have a storm of what
ever people create, mockups, screenies, wallies, themes, logins,
splashes (just like the good old warty/hoary days). Find some stuff we
can agree on looks cool, and then work in that direction.

If I know in good time what my deadline will be and what general theme
and guideline to follow,  I could contribute a calender wallpaper.


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