[ubuntu-art] Count down banner design contest

Matthew Nuzum matthew.nuzum at canonical.com
Fri Mar 18 16:28:25 UTC 2011

*Ubuntu 11.04 is just around the corner!*

As in the past, we'd like to create a new countdown banner to share across
the web. If you would like to make a highly visible contribution to Ubuntu,
this is your chance.

Just shortly after the Beta launch we'd like to launch a new countdown
banner that says something like "28 more days until Ubuntu 11.04" Each day
the banner will decrease by one until the release day, April 28th. On the
28th it will say something like "It's almost here" (or similar. Then when we
do the release the slide will change to "it's here!"

*How can you help?*

Create a graphic representing what you think the countdown should look like.
It is not necessary to create an entire set of images. 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. Lets aim to *get submissions in by Monday, April 4th*. But
don't wait until the end, release early, release often, so they say.


Detailed here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Website/NattyCountdownBanner 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 9.04 release cycle. (I know I did)

Starting at the point of Beta Ubuntu changes from the code name of "Natty
Narwhal" to "Ubuntu 11.04" it would probably be inappropriate to
over-emphasize narwhal graphics.

We have some other opportunities to contribute. If you would like to make a
Facebook app, that would be awesome, ours is now out-dated. We could do
more! Also, I think it would be great to design an Android Widget for user's
home screens. We don't have to do these but we certainly can!

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[1] or hop onto the IRC chat room, #ubuntu-website on freenode.

I can't wait to see your ideas!

[1] https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-website

Matthew Nuzum
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