Wednesday, February 02, 2005

kde-contests

A lot has been happening lately. We have recently opened a mailing list called kde-contests and I have been given permission to resurrect the artist.kde.org website.

The mailing list will be used to coordinate all our future contests on kde-look. This list will provide a venue for artists and developers to interact on the guidelines and specifics of our contests.

I am inviting all you usability experts, artists and developers to subscribe. Developers that need artwork for their apps please join our list. Members of the usability list, we could really use your insights. Artists looking for a challenge or wanting to try your skills and improve the apps you love (and maybe pickup some killer prizes along the way) JOIN US.

Go to: https://mail.kde.org/mailman/listinfo/kde-contests to join the new kde-contest mailing list.

After we get the next contest under way I will be working on the artist.kde.org site. Anybody interested in helping on the website drop me an email at theobroma@revelinux.com. For more information about our vision for artist.kde.org see my last post on this blog.

And stay tuned for more awesome artwork coming from kde-look in the coming months!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Theobroma,

As one of the developers who has historically been fairly critical of the artist teams in KDE -- in particular of the artists' capability to _finish_ a job instead of doing a really neat flashy start to a project (icon set, theme, whatever) and then leavng it off as soon as the immediate insipration leaves -- I commend your efforts to get things organized and provide coordination for artists' teams.

Your previous blog entry was also an eye-opener for me (in the sense that I feel a terrible need for more coordination and direction in the artwork, while being personally utterly unable to contribute (think 2yr. old with a crayon)). What KDE needs is a concerted effort to bring some consistency to the artwork front. Consider something like the collection of PIM applications -- tightly integrated codewise, integrated into the Kontact framework, total interoperability on a technical and programmatic level. And it looks like ass ( see http://pim.kde.org/ for a list of icons - green, orange, blue) because no one has ever gone through to create a _consistent_ set of icons for the entire range of applications. Sure, KMail and Kontact might get attention (actually, KMail's icon is sort of set in stone, since it _is_ actually distinctive and recognizable, even if kinda ugly) but the unpopular or obscure bits (kandy, kpilot) just languish forever.

Without direction to pay attention to these obscure bits, or to consistency across applications, the artwork is never going to be uniformly good, or even acceptable.

Yr.,
anonymous admirer

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