On Tuesday 25 September 2012 12:39:07 Will Stephenson wrote:
On Monday 24 Sep 2012 16:43:22 Eugene Trounev wrote:
openSUSE Summit has come and gone, and now it's time to draw the line. Many people has been spoken to, many discussions took place and the end result of all those discussions is the following proposal. [Please Note: the proposal is from ME personally, and is targeted at the artwork team AND the developmental team, as I strongly believe in community involvement]
A) It has been discussed on-and-off for some time that openSUSE is in dare need of re-branding, or to be even more precise - of branding, as there currently is practically none. Changing a default wallpaper from one release to another does not constitute a strong, recognizable brand name. As a part of the branding precess (should we agree on one at all) we
will attempt to: i) Develop openSUSE specific styling guidelines;
iI) Develop openSUSE specific look and feel including - icons,
desktop theme, window theme;
- Developing a complete icon theme seems to be a massive undertaking
nowadays. Either there is a shortage of independently wealthy FLOSS designers willing to work 18 hour days at a hot Wacom for months, or drawing icon themes seems to have gone out of fashion.
- How likely is it that we will get our fractious desktop tribes to
accept a standard openSUSE branding instead of their upstream-blessed livery?
Personally, I'm not against doing either of these things, but these might be speedbumps to the plan
I wouldn't be heavily against it but I do agree that it's a HUGE undertaking and we're unlikely to be able to make it happen.
iii) Restyle the website to follow the guidelines and the desktop
Keep a loose definition of 'follow' - the project and the distribution are not identical.
Also, don't fall into the trap of trying to change things upon every release - that's a lot of work and while doable for say the slides and marketing artwork, for the websites you'd have to have things automated to a great extend for that to be doable I bet.
iv) [Possibly] redesign the logo itself
There was a proposal, folks, to get the geeko in line with the slightly changed SUSE geeko. I think there even was agreement that that should happen but nothing got done. Maybe start there?!?
Still, a fully new logo, I wouldn't mind. It's not easy however and the geeko has big branding value.
In any case, you've got my support on these - the issue will be 'who does the work' more than anything else if you ask me.