[ubuntu-art] Announcing Project Kyu-do-

AA Boy smartboyathome at gmail.com
Mon Sep 22 16:21:09 BST 2008

On Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 8:18 PM, Cory K. <coryisatm at ubuntu.com> wrote:

> Thorsten Wilms wrote:
> > Hi!
> >
> > While the theme team process seems to work very well now, I think we
> > could do better. My allies and I would like to push things towards a
> > solid design process.
> >
> > One that starts with the question what it actually is what we want to
> > achieve, what our message is and who we are addressing. Goals we can
> > agree on and that will lead us through the design, helping us to
> > collaborate in a larger team in a meaningful way.
> >
> > A process that will lead us out of the shadows of purely personal
> > opinion and hidden assumptions towards the light of reason.
> >
> > A process where we will not jump unto the first idea, but develop and
> > test several designs for each little part. Where we will not restart on
> > the next cycle, but build upon the existing. Continuous refinement.
> >
> > One that will offer anyone a chance to learn about design in a deeper
> > way and that will show onlookers that we are damn serious while we enjoy
> > the ride!
> >
> > https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/KyudoGuidelines
> >
> >
> > Please read through it carefully. As you can see, it is by no means
> > complete. That's where you come in! All content, all questions and
> > suggestions can be discussed right here. Consider to start new threads
> > for specifics. Tell us how you think and feel about this!
> >
> As de-facto community lead atm I wanna give this effort a big +1. I
> believe This is a great step in the right direction for us.
> I do however have a question to throw out there, and forgive me Thorsten
> because I've asked in chat already. I just want to pose it for a wider
> audience. :)
> Do you see this as guiding *all* of what we do, or, just upon a
> particular *community decided* idea/theme? Something that can be decided
> at the beginning of each cycle or something?
> I ask because we shouldn't dictate that people *have* to create by these
> rules. I feel that only people that *want* to be involved with the
> larger, focused, effort will have to. Yes/No?
> -Cory K.
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I think ultimately, if we were to make people create themes by these rules,
then it would stifle our creativity, and ultimately lead to less people
working with the team. Our current process may not be efficient, but it is
very free in allowing people to create what they would like to see Ubuntu
use. Going to something where people are made to follow a stricter set of
guidelines than current ones, which only allow one "official" community
theme to be made, then it will make more people mad when their piece of the
project. I think if 2 or 3 different "official community" theme candidates
were allowed to be produced with this process, it would at least allow more
creative freedom at a minimum. But ultimately if someone chooses not to
follow the guidelines and decides to go their own way with their theme, that
would still be allowed to be a community theme candidate.

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