Fedora 18 Wallpaper Hackfest Report

It’s about that time in our current 6-month-driven cycle to start figuring out the wallpaper for Fedora 18. Ryan Lerch made the first call on the Fedora Design Team mailing list. We started discussing possibilities over IRC in #fedora-design; gnokii kept us on task and made a lot of great suggestions to help us move forward. So we proposed a Fedora 18 wallpaper brainstorm / virtual hackfest for the wallpaper, which happened today! I’m really excited about how well the virtual hackfest went today, and I think we’ve now got a great set of concepts and mockups for it. I want to talk a little bit first about how we organized the hackfest and the high-level progress we made, then I want to dive into a bit of discussion on the six proposals we worked on today. Hackfest Organization / High-level progress We first got together in #fedora-design, and the first agenda item was the Fedora 18 schedule. Jreznik told us that we should have the artwork ready by Friday, August 10th, and packaged by August 14th. We talked a little bit about what we would do with all of the proposals – we definitely want to ship more than …

Fedora 17 Artwork Assets & New Sleeve Text

Fedora’s artwork, including our print-ready media art and other collateral, are produced by the Fedora community, much of it by the Fedora Design Team (our Ambassadors team creates some as well!) Alexander’s F17 media sleeves design For the past several releases, Alexander Smirnov has created and maintained our media artwork, countdown banners, and with Fedora 17 he’s released a fantastic release party poster. He is doing a truly kickass job and is a real hero for us, so if you see him around please thank him! He was also the artist who created Fedora 17’s beefy and miraculous fireworks wallpaper, using Inkscape of course. 🙂 Here’s a run-down of the designs he has produced for Fedora 17 including the source files: Disk Labels and Sleeves (there are separate versions for EMEA to accommodate their printing requirements.) Fedora 17 Fireworks Wallpaper artwork Fedora 17 Release Poster Fedora 17 countdown banner for fedoraproject.org Alexander’s fantastic F17 release poster design More Stuff! Here’s some more Fedora 17 release resources that may come in handy for you: Fedora 17 Screenshots – these were created by Kévin Raymond and feature various desktops available in Fedora as well as the default GNOME 3 shell. List of …

Fedora 17 Artwork Assets & New Sleeve Text

Fedora’s artwork, including our print-ready media art and other collateral, are produced by the Fedora community, much of it by the Fedora Design Team (our Ambassadors team creates some as well!) Alexander’s F17 media sleeves design For the past several releases, Alexander Smirnov has created and maintained our media artwork, countdown banners, and with Fedora 17 he’s released a fantastic release party poster. He is doing a truly kickass job and is a real hero for us, so if you see him around please thank him! He was also the artist who created Fedora 17’s beefy and miraculous fireworks wallpaper, using Inkscape of course. 🙂 Here’s a run-down of the designs he has produced for Fedora 17 including the source files: Disk Labels and Sleeves (there are separate versions for EMEA to accommodate their printing requirements.) Fedora 17 Fireworks Wallpaper artwork Fedora 17 Release Poster Fedora 17 countdown banner for fedoraproject.org Alexander’s fantastic F17 release poster design More Stuff! Here’s some more Fedora 17 release resources that may come in handy for you: Fedora 17 Screenshots – these were created by Kévin Raymond and feature various desktops available in Fedora as well as the default GNOME 3 shell. List of …

Beefy has a beef.

I have seen a vision of the future, and this is what I saw: Why would Beefy be targeting the panda with a laser gun? Why is the panda glowing green? How did this situation come about? What happens next? Your mission! It’s a contest. 🙂 Come up with the best story to go with this picture, and: You’ll get to name the panda. Your story will be illustrated and used in a Fedora webapp’s error message pages (more on that tomorrow at FUDcon. 🙂 ) You will receive a LIMITED EDITION, ONE-OF-A-KIND, direct-to-garment printed Beefy Miracle and radioactive panda T-shirt, using the design of your choice from your story (or the design above.) Want to give it a shot? Submit your ideas in the comments below!

Design team imageboard test server and WE NEED Fedora 16 theme artists!

Fedora Imageboard Test Server Yesterday with some help from smooge and nb, I set up a Danbooru-style image board to test out, and I am hoping that Fedora artists and designers might play with it and see if it’d be a useful resource. It’s an application called Shimmie. What is an imageboard? It’s a bulletin board or forum type of website that focuses much more heavily on images rather than text. You can read more about them in Wikipedia’s article. Traditionally they are used for ‘found’ images, and I don’t know if they are used much by folks who are generating original artwork, but it seems as if they would be a useful tool for collaborative image production, as they would keep discussion focused on visuals. Anyway, if you are so artistically inclined, please feel free to try it out. It is a test server and it is not backed up, so make sure you keep local copies of your drawings or also copy them to your fedorapeople.org account. http://publictest04.fedoraproject.org/artboard/ Fedora 16: Verne I think maybe this imageboard it might be a cool opportunity to start sketching, sharing, and collaborating some Jules Verne and/or steampunk artwork ideas for Fedora 16 …

Using Inkscape to Create Patch Artwork

My friend Shannon is involved in a Cub Scout pack and had asked me a while back if I had any interest in designing cub scout patches for their upcoming pinewood derby event (he is the event master) using Inkscape. I am always up for seeing what cool things can be made with Inkscape; Shannon and I have tested out Inkscape in other off-work projects including the jar labels for his honey business, Hughes Honey. (I especially like working on these side-projects with Shannon because he pays me in delicious honey 😉 ) I had some free time so I agreed to do it. Here’s what we came up with, using the Cub Scouts’ official blue & gold colors, the troop number, and of course an OFL-licensed font (Chunk Five)… I created a new document in Inkscape that was 3″ x 3″, created a circle using the ellipse tool and centered it within the document using the Align & Distribute tool, and kept layering artwork into it. I got the artwork for the flags and the fleur de lis from Open Clip Art, and I drew the derby car using pinewood derby car photo references I found via search. I …

Linux Plumbers' Conference 2010 T-Shirt Design

My co-worker Ric Wheeler asked if I’d be interested in trying my hand at a design for this year’s Linux Plumbers’ Conference T-shirt. I wasn’t quite sure where to start so I asked around for ideas on identi.ca and it started a great discussion with the ideas I ended up using. One of the ideas was a fun play on certain overweight Italian plumbers: As you can see from my awesome notations, this is kind of not something we can do. Hmm. Jezra had the idea to form the letters “LINUX” using pipes – so I tried that with a much more subtle Tux popping out of the ‘I’ pipe. What do you think? Sources, etc. are available. I don’t know if this will be the shirt so stay tuned. I do think this is a nice story on how open discussion in the community can result in some great ideas, either way!

Fedora 13's Artwork – Need Your Help for F13 Beta!

So now that Fedora 13 Alpha is out…. have you given it a try? What do you think about the wallpaper? We want to hear your feedback, because there isn’t actually that much time to update the wallpaper for beta, I think a little over a week. We haven’t gotten much feedback about it yet, so we need to hear from you now! You can give your feedback here in the comments or on the Fedora design team mailing list. How can you provide useful feedback? Here’s a little writeup on that, shamelessly stolen from an earlier blog post: How to Provide Helpful Critique Some folks understandably believe art and design are stuffs enshrouded in a mysterious haze of incense smoke without much logic or reason involved. I get it. I’ve been there too, and I think it’s easy to feel that way – discussions about art works sometimes get a bad reputation for being anywhere from fussy, to bizarre, to completely pointless. You may find solace in the fact that there’s actually plenty of logical principles and elements and a vocabulary for them that can be use to discuss such works in a productive manner that doesn’t involve ‘invoking …