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 * The second version is 1680x1050, removed the oval-shadow-blur, and scaled down the bird a bit to fit more of it in. 10/13
 * Great, this should be the main hardy wallpaper -- George12
 * I agree with George12, these backgrounds are amazing! It is such an elegant design and adds more color to Ubuntu. This is my first pick for a new Ubuntu wallpaper. -- Lmessenger [[DateTime(2007-11-27T01:15:11Z)]]
 * While I don't see it being a main theme, it is definetly the most beautiful available yet... I think its too involved, the average user wants an undistracting wallpaper However, I would pay good money for a shirt of this. Seriously.
 * WOW! Extremely original, ubuntu-ish, and sets apart from other wallpapers. Maybe if you would remove the semi-transparent Ubuntu logo from it, it would look more consistent. The logo looks a bit out of place there. Or, since the wallpapers usually don't include the codename animal, you should experiment with some random shapes and swirls and stuff in that style. Love your work.
 * I could not agree more strongly that this is an incredible entry. Its hip, current, unique, thematic, and hints at a sense of craft that really defines the open-source movement. Absolutely beautiful work. Compelling, non-corporate but still polished enough to look 'professional', and just what Ubuntu needs right now. EDIT: Lets pretend this image is the 'old iPod commercials' with the solid-color backdrops behind the silhouettes. What this image could use is a little more texture to the background, akin to newer iPod commercials. I'm thinking an organic-looking texture in contrast to the vector art style of the main image EDIT2: I think this would be an excellent match to [[../TooHuman]] -Sumit
 * -- TroySobotka [[DateTime(2008-02-02T08:10:40Z)]] - I find this to be a deft application of artistic merit. It is contemporary in its technique and stylized in its execution. I would love to see it fleshed out into a larger design instead of the rather constrained element it currently is. The composition is refreshing in our rather depleted world of centre-punch compositional ignorance. If I could make one request it would be to 'go nuts' with the design and push it into a fully fleshed out example of contemporary design. Ignore the default worries and let it become what it should. Gut the tacky branding however -- it is far above that.
 * -AshCogs - I appreciate all the comments, compliments, and suggestions, thank you. I just thought I'd mention that the elements are avail as an svg file which can be opened in inkscape and edited. The background can be changed or deleted, Things can be repositioned, the colors and shapes on the bird can change, dropshadows deleted etc. If you select all and continuously Ungroup, it all breaks down into individual shapes to mess with. EDIT: I researched the CC licensing and have posted it above (03/04/08).
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 * -xl_cheese - I like the idea of using a transparent version so the user can customize the base color via the Appearance manager. The horizontal and vertical gradient options also work well with the idea.

 * I really like this one. It's a heron bird, which makes sense(rather than random abstract art), and it is made up with the traditional Ubuntu colors (keeping the Ubuntu style - nice). I also like the remixes. This could work well as default wallpaper for 8.04. ~MadsRH 2008|02|23|

 * I uploaded the bird itself as an SVG, no shadow, no background. -AshCogs

 * With regards to [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Incoming/Hardy/Alternate/Fela_Kuti?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=preview.png the image in Alpha 4], I like the use of the heron image but think that overall the wallpaper is too "visually busy". There are, in my humble opinion, too many colors, curves, and contrasts in brightness. I doubt I would ever use it because I find it to be too distracting. -- JohnKarahalis

 * I'm confused. I like the newer backgrounds, and how they have been incorporated into the logon screen as well. But the subtle points of the heron have been lost. One "head" is completely missing, the others have had their colors changed so that they no longer match the "bodies". I'm not claiming that it was full of depth or anything, but it is as though whoever was in charge of putting this new version together didn't appreciate it, or even like it. Why use it then?

 The whole point of the three swirls has been lost by making two of them the same color (orange). I realize this comes from the fear of "blood". Apparently Ubuntu can defend years of brown against arguments of feces etc, but as soon as a few people point out that the color red (Ubuntu's very own Red) reminds them of blood there is immediate reaction. I never saw blood when I made it. I never implied suffering or violence in the original and I think it says more about the viewer than the piece whenever this point is made...the same thoughts I have when people attack the choice of brown.

 Even though it isn't how I feel about the colors, let's say that for argument's sake that brown DOES = crap and red = blood. Is there anything wrong with having these very human elements represented? Are the people who spend their time, sweat, blood, and energies devoting themselves to developing, commenting, coding, organizing and contributing (way more than I have ever done) to Ubuntu best represented by Corporate Blue? I find the choice of brown as easy to defend as red, and I find myself a bit disappointed that a small group of people were appeased, because after they linked the color red to blood, the blood somehow became murder and slaughter, as opposed to representing life itself. Too bad.

 Regardless, the license takes it out of my hands. I would still advise at least changing one of the orange shapes to something else (ZOMG just don't use RED!) so that the elements of the Ubuntu logo are retained. And either get rid of the heads (those are the circles) altogether, or join them to their neighboring shapes (as has already been done, but not used)


== Remixes ==
 * -- TroySobotka [[DateTime(2008-02-05T04:00:27Z)]] Well I couldn't resist a mild remix of it. It truly is a wonderful piece of work, although I acknowledge the avoidance of a literal interpretation of the release code name in Ubuntu. That said, I couldn't help myself. A very quick proof of principle.

  attachment:preview.png
  attachment:source.svg

 * -- TroySobotka [[DateTime(2008-03-09T05:03:08Z)]] More polishing in the limited time I have. Changes:
  * Shifted red portions to alternate areas in an attempt to defer the slaughtered bird blood complaints.
  * Altered the basic forms to unionize the mini people that compose the work. Their heads are now attached in the proper areas.
  * Minor softening of the images to pull it a small amount towards dreamy.
  * Adjusted composition on the background elements.
  * Increased opacity of the basic heron from earlier incarnations.
  * Polished the vignette.
  * Added complexity to the deep canvas. Helps to break up the banding Inkscape issue while increasing the complexity.
  attachment:preview-polish.png
  attachment:source.tar.bz2
  attachment:widescreen1680x1050render.tar.bz2

  * Nice idea Troy! Why not just the background? --AndreRuediger
   attachment:kuti_heron_background_only.png

   -- TroySobotka [[DateTime(2008-02-05T21:03:47Z)]] I thought about it. The main issue is that the heron is rather hammered home in its current incarnation. It would be nice to 'nerf' it slightly and keep the dynamic nature of a mixed background as opposed to the empty vacuum. I strongly suspect this would involve delving into a different palette, as the nature of the logo colours are rather overly saturated. The pastel mauve works extremely well in the original -- I can only expect that a palette evolved around that tonal range would help. Otherwise we are stuck with opacity to lighten the predominant heron. I assume this is what you mean with the 'Why not just the background?' question. Losing the heron altogether seems sub optimal. Just a guess...

-- Tabe_2 [[DateTime(2008-02-05T18:56:10Z)]] I love trasnlucent backgrounds because I'm not limitated to a fixed colour background and I can fit my background nevertheless the colors I choose for my theme.
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 -- osteenbergen
    I like the wallpaper but made a few changes of Troy's idea and made a GDM Theme of it:
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    GDM Theme on ubuntu-art.org: [http://ubuntu-art.org/content/show.php?content=76934]
    

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Fela Kuti

A Fela Kuti inspired heron.

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Anchor(Palette) Palette This is just an idea for hardy wallpaper, not a theme. The bird is made up with the traditional Ubuntu colors, the background could be anything.

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[attachment:kuti_heron.svg Fullsize]

attachment:kuti2_thumb.png

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Comments

  • The second version is 1680x1050, removed the oval-shadow-blur, and scaled down the bird a bit to fit more of it in. 10/13
  • Great, this should be the main hardy wallpaper -- George12
  • I agree with George12, these backgrounds are amazing! It is such an elegant design and adds more color to Ubuntu. This is my first pick for a new Ubuntu wallpaper. -- Lmessenger DateTime(2007-11-27T01:15:11Z)

  • While I don't see it being a main theme, it is definetly the most beautiful available yet... I think its too involved, the average user wants an undistracting wallpaper However, I would pay good money for a shirt of this. Seriously.
  • WOW! Extremely original, ubuntu-ish, and sets apart from other wallpapers. Maybe if you would remove the semi-transparent Ubuntu logo from it, it would look more consistent. The logo looks a bit out of place there. Or, since the wallpapers usually don't include the codename animal, you should experiment with some random shapes and swirls and stuff in that style. Love your work.
  • I could not agree more strongly that this is an incredible entry. Its hip, current, unique, thematic, and hints at a sense of craft that really defines the open-source movement. Absolutely beautiful work. Compelling, non-corporate but still polished enough to look 'professional', and just what Ubuntu needs right now. EDIT: Lets pretend this image is the 'old iPod commercials' with the solid-color backdrops behind the silhouettes. What this image could use is a little more texture to the background, akin to newer iPod commercials. I'm thinking an organic-looking texture in contrast to the vector art style of the main image EDIT2: I think this would be an excellent match to ../TooHuman -Sumit

  • -- TroySobotka DateTime(2008-02-02T08:10:40Z) - I find this to be a deft application of artistic merit. It is contemporary in its technique and stylized in its execution. I would love to see it fleshed out into a larger design instead of the rather constrained element it currently is. The composition is refreshing in our rather depleted world of centre-punch compositional ignorance. If I could make one request it would be to 'go nuts' with the design and push it into a fully fleshed out example of contemporary design. Ignore the default worries and let it become what it should. Gut the tacky branding however -- it is far above that.

  • -AshCogs - I appreciate all the comments, compliments, and suggestions, thank you. I just thought I'd mention that the elements are avail as an svg file which can be opened in inkscape and edited. The background can be changed or deleted, Things can be repositioned, the colors and shapes on the bird can change, dropshadows deleted etc. If you select all and continuously Ungroup, it all breaks down into individual shapes to mess with. EDIT: I researched the CC licensing and have posted it above (03/04/08).

  • -xl_cheese - I like the idea of using a transparent version so the user can customize the base color via the Appearance manager. The horizontal and vertical gradient options also work well with the idea.
  • I really like this one. It's a heron bird, which makes sense(rather than random abstract art), and it is made up with the traditional Ubuntu colors (keeping the Ubuntu style - nice). I also like the remixes. This could work well as default wallpaper for 8.04. ~MadsRH 2008|02|23|
  • I uploaded the bird itself as an SVG, no shadow, no background. -AshCogs

  • With regards to [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Incoming/Hardy/Alternate/Fela_Kuti?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=preview.png the image in Alpha 4], I like the use of the heron image but think that overall the wallpaper is too "visually busy". There are, in my humble opinion, too many colors, curves, and contrasts in brightness. I doubt I would ever use it because I find it to be too distracting. -- JohnKarahalis

  • I'm confused. I like the newer backgrounds, and how they have been incorporated into the logon screen as well. But the subtle points of the heron have been lost. One "head" is completely missing, the others have had their colors changed so that they no longer match the "bodies". I'm not claiming that it was full of depth or anything, but it is as though whoever was in charge of putting this new version together didn't appreciate it, or even like it. Why use it then? The whole point of the three swirls has been lost by making two of them the same color (orange). I realize this comes from the fear of "blood". Apparently Ubuntu can defend years of brown against arguments of feces etc, but as soon as a few people point out that the color red (Ubuntu's very own Red) reminds them of blood there is immediate reaction. I never saw blood when I made it. I never implied suffering or violence in the original and I think it says more about the viewer than the piece whenever this point is made...the same thoughts I have when people attack the choice of brown. Even though it isn't how I feel about the colors, let's say that for argument's sake that brown DOES = crap and red = blood. Is there anything wrong with having these very human elements represented? Are the people who spend their time, sweat, blood, and energies devoting themselves to developing, commenting, coding, organizing and contributing (way more than I have ever done) to Ubuntu best represented by Corporate Blue? I find the choice of brown as easy to defend as red, and I find myself a bit disappointed that a small group of people were appeased, because after they linked the color red to blood, the blood somehow became murder and slaughter, as opposed to representing life itself. Too bad. Regardless, the license takes it out of my hands. I would still advise at least changing one of the orange shapes to something else (ZOMG just don't use RED!) so that the elements of the Ubuntu logo are retained. And either get rid of the heads (those are the circles) altogether, or join them to their neighboring shapes (as has already been done, but not used)

Remixes

  • -- TroySobotka DateTime(2008-02-05T04:00:27Z) Well I couldn't resist a mild remix of it. It truly is a wonderful piece of work, although I acknowledge the avoidance of a literal interpretation of the release code name in Ubuntu. That said, I couldn't help myself. A very quick proof of principle.

    • attachment:preview.png attachment:source.svg
  • -- TroySobotka DateTime(2008-03-09T05:03:08Z) More polishing in the limited time I have. Changes:

    • Shifted red portions to alternate areas in an attempt to defer the slaughtered bird blood complaints.
    • Altered the basic forms to unionize the mini people that compose the work. Their heads are now attached in the proper areas.
    • Minor softening of the images to pull it a small amount towards dreamy.
    • Adjusted composition on the background elements.
    • Increased opacity of the basic heron from earlier incarnations.
    • Polished the vignette.
    • Added complexity to the deep canvas. Helps to break up the banding Inkscape issue while increasing the complexity. attachment:preview-polish.png attachment:source.tar.bz2 attachment:widescreen1680x1050render.tar.bz2
    • Nice idea Troy! Why not just the background? --AndreRuediger

      • attachment:kuti_heron_background_only.png

        -- TroySobotka DateTime(2008-02-05T21:03:47Z) I thought about it. The main issue is that the heron is rather hammered home in its current incarnation. It would be nice to 'nerf' it slightly and keep the dynamic nature of a mixed background as opposed to the empty vacuum. I strongly suspect this would involve delving into a different palette, as the nature of the logo colours are rather overly saturated. The pastel mauve works extremely well in the original -- I can only expect that a palette evolved around that tonal range would help. Otherwise we are stuck with opacity to lighten the predominant heron. I assume this is what you mean with the 'Why not just the background?' question. Losing the heron altogether seems sub optimal. Just a guess...

-- Tabe_2 DateTime(2008-02-05T18:56:10Z) I love trasnlucent backgrounds because I'm not limitated to a fixed colour background and I can fit my background nevertheless the colors I choose for my theme.

attachment:kuti_heron_translucent_screenshot.png

[attachment:kuti_heron_translucent.svg Fullsize]

  • -- osteenbergen

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