[ubuntu-studio-devel] Default Wallpaper Design, WAS: Re: ubuntu-studio-devel Digest, Vol 106, Issue 15

Kaj Ailomaa zequence at mousike.me
Wed Feb 17 21:23:53 UTC 2016

On Wed, Feb 17, 2016, at 08:44 PM, Kaj Ailomaa wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 17, 2016, at 08:39 PM, Kaj Ailomaa wrote:
> > 
> > I have an idea, which I do think we should be able to get done. It's
> > pretty simple, and symbolic. It should not be hard to make it look good.
> > 
> > These are some possible elements of the image that we could develop
> > together:
> > 
> > * Incorporate the CoF somehow
> > * A fairly dark and neutral background color.
> > * Three fuzzy lights, like stage lights, each one representing a main
> > category (blue for audio, but the exact colors for graphics and video
> > need to be reevaluated).
> > * Visual elements from the kind of digital tools we provide, like
> > sequencer graphics (not a real sequencer, but a simple design), 3D model
> > fundamentals, a photograph, that sort of thing
> The visual elements could be in a single color, using the category
> colors for each. That way, three fuzzy lights may be superfluous, and
> the image would be even more focused.

# Did a mockup, but not going to show you yet

I took some time to play around. I found that using three colors for the
background works pretty well. It sits right, both visually and
symbolically. So, I really feel like doing something with the three
colors as basis is the way to go. I don't have a mockup worthy to show
you, but just want to spill my thoughts on that, in case someone wants
to pick this up and do some stuff with it.

# About the colors

The colors that feel the most right to me are:

* blue for audio (our standard blue, used for our CoF)
* orange for graphics
* purple for video

The logic behind the colors:
Purple is a mix between red and blue, just as video is a mix of audio
and graphics. Orange is not red, but close enough. Pure red may be too
aggressive. On top of that, both orange and purple are used a lot of
Ubuntu vanilla, so there's that too.

If having the colors side by side, purple seems the best fit to have in
the middle, considering the relationship between the colors. I would put
blue to the left (which from a western POW is the start of a page).

We are already using those colors in ubuntustudio-menu, but that doesn't
mean we can't change them, if we want. I would like to revisit the exact
hue of those though.

# Schedule

I'm not going to work too intensively on this myself during the next
week, at least. But, I will revisit as soon as I'm able.
We should have a final candidate of the default wallpaper ready about 1
month before release (final beta), but we can always make last minute
changes, if we really need to.

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