[ubuntu-art] New member/ Gutsy wallpaper observation.

Troy James Sobotka troy.sobotka at gmail.com
Sat Sep 22 15:29:38 BST 2007

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Andreas Nilsson wrote:
> A bike shed on the other hand. Anyone can build one of those over a 
> weekend, and still have time to watch the game on TV. So no matter how 
> well prepared, no matter how reasonable you are with your proposal, 
> somebody will seize the chance to show that he is doing his job, that he 
> is paying attention, that he is /here/."
> (from 
> http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/faq/misc.html#BIKESHED-PAINTING)

Actually, if you have a clearly outlined audience and design goal, it is
quite easy to take the broad subjective murmurings out of the mixture.

- From that point forwards, you evaluate the work based on whether or not
it is communicating with the audience and delivering on the goal.  Still
estimation, but well away from the "It's ugly" etc. discussion.

Rather art and design 101.

That said, of the following points:
> -It's too dark
>> -Grainy
>> -Looks too much like Vista

"It's too dark" falls into the completely relative world of bikeshedding.

"Grainy" could possibly be quantified.  I am sure the dithering issue
can be adjusted, although the percentage of zoom on the source image is
probably adversely affecting this.

"Looks too much like Vista" is probably touching on the larger statement
that it is of the 'sweepy / swoopy / curve' genre, which it most
certainly is seated within.

So of the three, two are relatively useful commentaries.

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