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.
In the mock up below, which comes from a design I saw for a Hardy usplash (ref. below) there is no progress bar. I think that at the same time that the ubuntu text appears, the progress bar should appear below. 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!
Anchor(ConceptArt) Concept Art
This is a resurrection of this usplash design for hardy: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Incoming/Hardy/Alternate/usplash_for_hardy