Artwork progress for Edgy

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

The artwork team has been making some very good progress with their new methodology. I’ve always been slightly in awe of people who can produce visual art – it’s that feeling of watching something magical happen that I could never do myself. First they collected a variety of inspirational elements that had interesting artistic qualities – pictures of shells, glass items, various stock images with different palettes and effects. Now the focus is to draw those themes together and identify some stylistic techniques that will define “the look of Edgy”.

One very cool thing is that we now have all three main flavours (Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu) getting attention. Jmak is doing amazing things with the XFCE themes.
You can see a snapshot summary of the state-of-the-art or hop onto the ubuntu-art mailing list to provide feedback. The list is still a bit chaotic – we need to separate out the “cool new idea” traffic from the “one step further along our agreed line of work” contributions, but in general I think the process is working well. I’m sure there will be rough edges in Edgy – that’s the point – but I’m really impressed with the leadership of Troy Sobotka and I think the team is going to do wonderful work over the next series of releases.

Thanks guys and well done!

24 comments:

  1. Frank says: (permalink)
    July 20th, 2006 at 4:34 am

    It would be nice to have some more pre-defined themes installed. Guess an user group which does not like orange color. Yesterday I tried to install some new themes from different websites and it was a pain. It took me too long to pick up different Metacity/GTK/Icon themes until they all match together. According to the many screenshots of Ubuntu out there someone could define some nice themes and install them on Edgy, that would be an easy way to let the user select which one he likes. What do you think about that?

  2. Hidde says: (permalink)
    July 20th, 2006 at 11:07 am

    Slightly related to artwork, can we have a gdm theme with a face browser any time soon?
    The windows xp screen does this perfectly imho, and serves as a reminder that once every user has his own account, they should use it.

  3. giz404 says: (permalink)
    July 20th, 2006 at 11:46 am

    It’s good start, we’ve got some fresh ideas here, but most of them need refinement.
    I stay tuned, I can’wait to see the first Edgy Beta release…

    (please excuse my poor english, I’m French)

  4. Peder says: (permalink)
    July 20th, 2006 at 2:01 pm

    *very* impressive! Really great, what the Artwork-Team is doing there! Thank you!

  5. Lipe says: (permalink)
    July 20th, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    OMG i just want edgy to be here. those are amazing snapshots

  6. Yoda’s Blog » Illustrationen sind da says: (permalink)
    July 21st, 2006 at 9:09 am

    [...] Mark Shuttleworth berichtet in seinem Blog von den neuen Ikonen und Illustrationen für das Nachfolge-Betriebssystem vom Dapper Drake (Ubuntu 6.06). Edgy Eft soll das nächstfolgende Release heissen, das diesmal den Charakter einer Versuchversion bekommen wird. Während dem das aktuelle OS Dapper Drake bei den Workstationen einen Support von drei und bei den Servern von fünf Jahren sicherstellt, wird bei Edgy Eft nur ein ShortLive Support gewährt. Die Philosophie dahinter ist diejenige, dass jeweils abwechslungsweise ein LongLive-Produkt durch eine Versuchversion ersetzt wird und umgekehrt. [...]

  7. Alberto Milone’s Blog » Blog Archive » Artwork progress for Edgy says: (permalink)
    July 21st, 2006 at 8:08 pm

    [...] It looks like the works on the artwork of next Ubuntu’s are going very well, as you can see in this is brief quotation from Mark Shuttleworth’s blog: [...]

  8. ubuntu_demon’s blog » Blog Archive » Artwork progress for Edgy says: (permalink)
    July 21st, 2006 at 10:09 pm

    [...] read more | digg story [...]

  9. Filzo says: (permalink)
    July 23rd, 2006 at 10:21 pm

    Looks nice but… I always tweak those optical things myself ;)

    However, the designers did a great job!

  10. Le weblog de Tenshu » Des nouvelles d’Edgy Eft … says: (permalink)
    July 24th, 2006 at 7:37 pm

    [...] L’équipe en charge du développement graphique d’Ubuntu avance également à grand pas comme l’a annoncé Mark sur son blog. Vous pouvez voir donc consulter un petit résumé du travail déjà produit. [...]

  11. Gareth Evans says: (permalink)
    July 26th, 2006 at 5:59 am

    Am I the only one who things the XFCE logo is a bit backwards? I mean, it’s suppose to be a minimalist take – the logo itself has more going on than the vanilla Ubuntu logo.

  12. pooshit says: (permalink)
    July 26th, 2006 at 12:40 pm

    SHIT!!! THIS IS AWESOME I

  13. pooshit says: (permalink)
    July 26th, 2006 at 12:40 pm

    LOVE LINUX…BSD IS MY BEST ONE.

  14. David Moore says: (permalink)
    July 26th, 2006 at 5:41 pm

    Ubuntu, I remember it was that Linux distribution that had the really cool artwork :-))

    Linux distributions have 2 problems

    1) There’s too many of them doing practically the same thing right up until darwinism kicks in and there’s a shake down.

    2) The pay for commercial support growth model is presenting a limited opportunity for a few key players within an already deeply commoditised market (ie. limited growth potential).

    Well telecoms is one of those unlimited and valueadd areas, people always want to talk and message in fact the more you give them the more they’ll pay for it. But don’t take my word for look at BT back in the 70s (a part of the post office), then pick any indice you like, net growth, subscribers, call volumes, profits, share prices through the 80s,90s,00s etc. The key enabler for all this growth has been digital communications – rack based servers running telco
    software. But once you buy into digital comms you find that you need more and more capacity (a bit like disk space). I was talking to an Engineer from an R&D department in a very well respected German electronics company and we were talking about handling capacity. He told me forget it, from the moment our system boots it runs in overload mode!

    So then scalability and reliability are important in this area, also reliability. I have worked in R&D on both parallel systems and high powered microprocessors (actually Alpha). The great thing about buying an Alpha server was the software was very simple and easy to program and in its day Alpha was 4-5 times faster than the best RISC competitor when it was launched. On the downside the chip was design intensive (how to speed up the architecture with minimal design changes – they cost a lot) and retooling the FAB for the next process (unavoidable ouch!). But on the key issue of capacity the more compute cycles Alpha gave the more hammered it got until the next chip was released. On the other hand with your simple parallel system (actually I was working with Transputers) you could just simply plug more in on a bus card and do interprocess communication node-node on a very fast hardware fault-tolerant bus (actually transputer serial links). So this parallel/cell thing is harder to program but ultimately will win every time on the capacity stakes. But what about that harder to program thing? well so happens this is the way Linux is headed with rack based clustering and multicores – its all a bit messy and not very cohesive but i’ve also been here before. Slip a microkernel underneath Linux (Mach?) and the capacity problem is solved in a very tight cohesive way, then put whatever VOIP or telco software on top and you have an improved valueadd verticalised Linux product offering in this key digital comms market.

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  15. Raw Penguin » Blog Archive » Ubuntu “Edgy” artwork progress: Great eye candy on the way! says: (permalink)
    July 28th, 2006 at 4:28 am

    [...] Here is the gallery of proposed artwork for Edgy. Mark Shuttleworth’s blog at http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/48 has more details on the background. [...]

  16. snail says: (permalink)
    August 1st, 2006 at 6:24 pm

    Ubuntu is our holy communion
    and YOU are our messiah

    praise Shuttleworth forever!

    Now all we need is MARKETING on TV world wide! and for the dumb americans you should advertise during the super bowl, that would get their attention

  17. wasbi says: (permalink)
    August 3rd, 2006 at 6:37 am

    Impressive, but many of them are brown. I have never seen a major operation with brown as the major corporate colour. There were some damn nice blue logos etc there.

  18. EveryDigg » Blog Archive » Ubuntu "Edgy" artwork progress: Great eye candy on the way! says: (permalink)
    August 3rd, 2006 at 6:07 pm

    [...] Here is the gallery of proposed artwork for Edgy. Mark Shuttleworth’s blog at http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/48 has more details on the background.read more | digg story [...]

  19. Erstes Ubuntu Edgy Artwork zu sehen at filzo. says: (permalink)
    August 17th, 2006 at 11:38 pm

    [...] In seinem Blog veröffentlichte Canonical-Chef, Ubuntugründer und Millionär Mark Shuttleworth erstmals Informationen über das Artwork des im Oktober erwarteten Releases der Linuxdistribution Ubuntu mit dem Namen ‘Edgy Eft’. Unter anderem schrieb er: The artwork team has been making some very good progress with their new methodology. I’ve always been slightly in awe of people who can produce visual art – it’s that feeling of watching something magical happen that I could never do myself. First they collected a variety of inspirational elements that had interesting artistic qualities – pictures of shells, glass items, various stock images with different palettes and effects. Now the focus is to draw those themes together and identify some stylistic techniques that will define “the look of Edgy”. [...]

  20. Linux Unix » Ubuntu “Edgy” artwork progress: Great eye candy on the way! says: (permalink)
    September 1st, 2006 at 1:10 pm

    [...] Here is the gallery of proposed artwork for Edgy. Mark Shuttleworth’s blog at http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/48 has more details on the background.read more | digg story [...]

  21. Gisela Giardino says: (permalink)
    September 24th, 2006 at 2:11 pm

    In two words: Fant Astic.

    You´ve got quite a creative team there. Excellent work. And i like the brown-orange approach, it conveys a lot of things within which make sense with the essence of Ubuntu.

  22. Funky Penguin News » Blog Archive » Ubuntu “Edgy” artwork progress: Great eye candy on the way! says: (permalink)
    December 14th, 2006 at 9:45 am

    [...] Here is the gallery of proposed artwork for Edgy. Mark Shuttleworth’s blog at http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/48 has more details on the background. [...]

  23. Brent says: (permalink)
    February 4th, 2007 at 5:39 am

    Perhaps you will like the Blubuntu article I wrote last summer.

    By the way Shuttleworth, are you ever going to go back to space again?

  24. Diseño de paginas web says: (permalink)
    January 5th, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Of course, the artwork with their new methodology is great.
    Congratulations!