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Redesigning Ubuntu: behind the scenes on 10.04

Mar 08, 2010, 23:18 (0 Talkback[s])
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"I was privileged to be invited to the Canonical offices in London recently to preview the image changes and comment on how we might adopt them; offer opinions on how I feel the community would interpret the changes, and offer feedback. I expected this to be an art and design type meeting, meaning I did have some concerns about how useful I would be since I can't even attempt a bluff at being artistic. However, it did turn out to be useful, with lots of fruitful discussions.

"For the last 6 years, Ubuntu has traditionally had a theme of brown and earthy colours; which I feel many have come to accept, and perhaps even like. Over the years we have witnessed the colour being toned down and having less significance in the desktop. Following some 8 months of work the colour has been dropped from the distribution design, so it was quite a risky move. The design has attempted to focus and convey Precision, Reliability Collaboration and Freedom. It will undoubtedly take time for the changes to cascade into all usages."

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