Intrepid needs a new usplash. It is the first thing people see when they start Ubuntu, it should make an impression. It should also be consistent with the default theme, especially, for instance the progress bar (though in the mockup below I've rather broken this rule in order to use the some of the grey from New Wave! I tried an orange progress bar, but with the logo being so large and, well, orange, it just looked a little tooooo orange).
This concept highlights the way that ubuntu brings people together. First 1 person, then a second and finally a third join hands in collaboration. When they have all got together the fruits of their labour, ubuntu, appears in the middle!
The mock up below comes from a design I saw for a Hardy usplash (ref. below). I think that at the same time that the ubuntu text appears, the progress bar should appear below the logo. So that the bit of the progress bar currently taken up by the ping-pong orange racket will be replaced by the logo below (I hate ping-pong progress bars!), but there will still be a normal progress bar with 1% increments for the second half of loading which requires it.
Anchor(ConceptArt) Concept Art
Here is a mini version of parts 1 and 2 together (see below for them larger, and separately), as you might see them (though obviously part 1 might loop a few times before part 2 actually began).
Splash part 1 (this will loop until the initial loading, currently displayed by the orange ping-pong, is done)
Splash part 2 (progress bar, for the part of the usplash currently done by... well, the progress bar!)
This is a resurrection of this usplash design for hardy: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Incoming/Hardy/Alternate/usplash_for_hardy
= Concept 2=
This simpler concept still focuses on the unity of the ubuntu circle but, forgoes text and distracting animations for a more minimalist look (personally I prefer concept 1).