[ubuntu-art] Countdown banners - your time to help

Matthew Nuzum newz at bearfruit.org
Fri Sep 4 16:48:48 BST 2009

Hello team, it's time to get excited about 9.10!

The time for beta is nearing and it has been our custom to release countdown
banners at that time for each of the last few releases.

If you want to make a highly visible contribution to Ubuntu, this is your

On October 1st it is our intention to release a banner that says something
like "28 more days until Ubuntu 9.10" Each day the banner will countdown
until on the 28th it will say "1 more day..." On the 29th, release day, it
will initially say, "It's almost here" (or similar) and then when the
release is ready it will announce "it's here!"

How can you help?

Create a graphic representing what you'd like to do. It is not necessary to
create an entire set of 30 images (numbered 28 to 1 + "almost here" + "it's
here"). Instead, do a couple to demonstrate your idea. The community and
Canonical staff will choose the official banners and maybe give some
guidance in case a change is needed to polish it up.


Detailed here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Website/KarmicCountdownBanners but in

180px wide by 150px high. No PHP or flash. We'd like to make a static, plain
image available but if the community would like to make an animated or
interactive, iframe based image using js and static content we will gladly
consider it. The community seems to have enjoyed the animated banner from
the last release cycle. (I know I did)

This release Canonical's marketing department has chosen a few messages and
one of the things we'll be highlighting about 9.10 is that it is a highly
social operating system that makes it easy for people to communicate. You're
welcome to incorporate this if you like. Another key message will be the
inclusion of cloud based tools for server installations.

Because at the point of Beta, when the countdown banners are released,
Ubuntu changes from the code name of "Karmic Koala" to "Ubuntu 9.10" it
would probably be inappropriate to market it with Koala graphics. Unless you
can figure out how to make them highly social, computer using koalas. :-)

Please attach your suggestions to the wiki page listed above. If you have
questions or would like to discuss this, please email the Web Presence Team
mailing list or hop onto the IRC chat room, #ubuntu-website on freenode.

I can't wait to see your ideas!

Matthew Nuzum
newz2000 on freenode, skype, linkedin, identi.ca and twitter
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