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Iain Farrell

Happy by Sergei Pozdnyak

The submissions process for Ubuntu 14.04 is now closed. If you’d like to look at the images head over to the Flickr Group. From here on a group of dedicated and splendid individuals will get together to select the images that are going to go into the next release of Ubuntu. We’ll be hanging out on #1404wallpaper on Freenode and you can come listen in :)

We generally welcome discussion but please remember that a decision is needed from the time that people volunteer so not too much additional debate.

We’ll start with a meeting tomorrow, Friday 7th March, at 19:00GMT.


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Iain Farrell

Hello everyone! I’m delighted to be kicking off the next wallpaper selection process for the 13.10 release of Ubuntu coming this October. As you can see from the Saucy Salamander release schedule, we hit UI freeze on August 29th of this year and we’d like to get all your lovely community submitted images ready before then. To get involved submit your images to the Flickr group for submissions.

I’ve also made the above short video to encourage new people to get involved, share it around as hopefully it’s a good intro to the process and if you have ideas or comments then let me know, I can make additional ones as we go.

With some help from designers in Canonical we’ve come up with the following tips for creating wallpapers images.

  1. Images shouldn’t be busy and filled with too many shapes and colours, a similar tone throughout is a good rule of thumb.
  2. A single point of focus, a single area that draws the eye into the image, can also help you avoid something too cluttered.
  3. The left and top edges are home to Ubuntu’s Launcher and Panel so be careful to consider how your images look in place so as not to clash with the interface.
  4. Try your image at different aspect ratios to make sure something important isn’t cropped out on smaller/ larger screens at different resolutions.
  5. Take a look at the wallpapers guidance on the Ubuntu Wiki regarding the size of images. Our minimum resolution is 2560 x 1600.

To shortlist from this collection we’ll be going to the contributors whose images were selected last time around to act as our selection judges. In doing this we’ll hold a series of public IRC meetings on Freenode in #1310wallpaper to discuss the selection. In those sessions we’ll get the selection team to try out the images on their own Ubuntu machines to see what they look like on a range of displays and resolutions.

Anyone is welcome to come to these sessions but please keep in mind that an outcome is needed from the time that people are volunteering and there’s usually a lot of images to get through so we’d appreciate it if there isn’t too much additional debate.

So, to get this show on the road here’s the outline for this cycle.

  • 12/07/13 – Kick off 13.10 wallpaper submission process
  • 23/07/13 – First get together on #1310wallpaper at 19:30 GMT
  • 16/08/13 – Submissions deadline at 18:00 GMT – Flickr group will be locked and the selection process will begin
  • 23/08/13 – Deliver final selection in zip format to Launchpad
  • 29/08/13 – UI freeze for latest version of Ubuntu with our fantastic images in!

As always, ping me if you have any questions, I’ll be lurking in #1310wallpaper on freenode or leave a question in the Flickr group for wider discussion, that’s probably the fastest way to get an answer to a question.

I’ll be posting updates on our schedule here from time to time but the Flickr group will serve as our hub.

Happy snapping and scribbling and on behalf of the community, thanks for contributing to Ubuntu! :)


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Iain Farrell

13.04 wallpaper selection

 

The community team for wallpaper selection got together last week #1304wallpaper on Freenode and between us we’ve determined that we’d like to submit the following images as our delightful wallpaper selection for 13.04.

Many thanks to everyone who came to discuss options and help with the selection and in particular those who highlighted that some of the images shortlisted previously might not be the submitted user’s own image and or appear in other distros. Your constant vigilance is much appreciated!

Constant vigilance as Mad Eye Moody would say

So what now? Well the compressed file has been uploaded to a bug marked against the wallpapers package on Launchpad and this is where Seb, Didrocks and others will ensure that the images make it into the release before UI freeze.

Thank you again to everyone who helped and to Ken, Seb, John and Didrocks for the final push.

I’m still signed into #1304wallpaper most of the day, UK time so come find me or drop me a mail if you have any questions, concerns or the like.

See you next cycle/ rolling release!


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Iain Farrell

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13.04 Shortlist in progress, a gallery on Flickr.

A quick update, the previous contributors and I are putting together the finishing touches to what we hope will be a great selection. You can see our working over on a Google spreadsheet we’ve made.

We’ll be packaging and downloading and shrinking and all sorts to get it into the final release on the 14th! More once we have agreement on a selection! :)


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Iain Farrell

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Here they are! Our lovely wallpapers for the 12.10 release of Ubuntu. Fine plumage I think you’ll agree! As you’ll have seen elsewhere on the web these landed in the release at the time of the freeze last week. A massive thanks to everyone who contributed, the standard was very high this time around, people really thought about their image choices. We’ve also managed to sneak one extra image into the package too, an illustrated Quetzal by popular demand ;) We got a lot of help, in particular I think it’s worth thanking the following people: At Canonical on the design side Otto and Cimi for casting a critical eye and Nick for reminding them to do so and Ken VanDine for packaging so beautifully and making sure they got into the release. In the wallpapers IRC channel Jakob Mühldorfer, Finn Sturdy, Robert Katzki and Fernando García looked over the images, tried to make the package smaller once we had a shortlist, experimented with image compression and followed up with emails late into the night. They also came back over following days to see if there was anything more they could do to help. For next cycle I would propose that we keep the open IRC channel to discuss images and impose a limited time for review, it helped us drive towards a solution and meant anyone interested could come in to help. I’d also like to investigate submission solutions for non Flickr users. This comes up every cycle and it would be great to have a place that people could contribute images to so if anyone reading this has the inclination and time to look into a solution, you’ve got 6 months. Drop me a note and let’s get cracking! :) You can view the 12.10 shortlist, a gallery on Flickr here, thanks again and here’s to an even better selection in 13.04!

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Iain Farrell

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12.10 shortlist, a gallery on Flickr.

Today the group closed on submissions for the 12.10 wallpaper selection. The team of us involved are still working to add/ remove and refine this collection before the 30th. We’ve got a few more than our 10 target, we’ll review this number tomorrow based on quality and what we can include.

Join us on #1210wallpaper on freenode to chat through this selection with us!

To everyone who has given up their evening to go through this, thanks!

Speak to you all tomorrow :)


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Iain Farrell

Trazo solitario by Julio Diliegros - on Flickr

Quantal is well on the way to being the great release we’ve come to expect from Ubuntu so it’s time to add to that sheen with a set of quality wallpapers from our fantastic community. This cycle we’re going to try to make the process better than before by setting out a clearer vision for what we think will make a great set.

Firstly we’re interested in quality not quantity so we’re going to limit ourselves to 10 images on the final CD. We’ll take submissions in the Flickr group as before and don’t forget we need your image licensed as CC by SA. Each Flickr user will be limited to 1 submission to the group so choose carefully!

Secondly I’ve been speaking to Otto, the Lead visual designer at Canonical, to help ensure that what we get feels at home on the desktop. The guidance we’ll follow when selecting images to go into the release is as follows:

  1. Images shouldn’t be busy and filled with too many shapes and colours, a similar tone throughout is a good rule of thumb
  2. They should have a single point of focus, a single area that draws the eye in
  3. We should avoid having anything on the left and top edges as this will clash with the interface elements of the Launcher and Panel
  4. Try your image at different aspect ratios to make sure something important isn’t cropped out on smaller/ larger screens

To shortlist from this collection, as usual, we’ll be going to the people whose images were selected last time around to help us choose the final 10. In doing this we’ll hold a series of public IRC meetings on #1210wallpaper to discuss the selection and in those sessions we’ll get the selection team to try out the images on their own Ubuntu machines to see what they look like on a range of displays and resolutions. Anyone’s welcome to come to these sessions but please bear in mind that an outcome is needed from the time that people are volunteering and there’s usually a lot of images to get through so we’d appreciate it if there isn’t too much additional debate.

The group’s open for submissions now and we’ll close it at 5pm on the 28th August 2012 to start going through the images.

So, get all your great summer photos out and as always ping me if you have any questions. I’ll be lurking in #1210wallpaper on freenode. I hope it’s been sunnier in places other than the UK!


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Iain Farrell

Birds in flight by Noombox

For another cycle a selection of images has been put forward for inclusion in Ubuntu. As there have been some questions on other blogs about the process I thought it was worth doing a quick refresher. Each release we ask the community contributors whose images were included in the last release if they’d like to help choose the images that should go into the up coming release. This release we are endebted to the following Flickr users and community members:

  • madeinkobaia
  • SirPecanGum
  • bolorino
  • Deacon MacMillan
  • Noah Bertilson
  • Micheo
  • Fix Peña
  • Fejes Ádám
  • federica_miglio
  • Difusa
  • Hugo.Cliff
  • Mohamed Malik
  • Dh0r
  • paco • espinoza
  • pr09studio
  • Belhor_
  • Emilio Merlino
  • erin_estes
  • j_baer
  • fernando garcía redondo
  • followtheseinstructions
They and I carefully went through the thousands of images and we thank them for their effort and care. Once some images are shortlisted the creators are invited to add them to a shortlist group and supply us with high resolution images (minimum 2550 x 1660) and make sure the licence they use is CC by SA.
The deadline for the wallpapers is the beta freeze and at this point the shortlisted images we’ve received are attached to the appropriate bug in Launchpad. We almost always have more images to put on the CD than will make it in but we always make sure that all the chosen images we receive from contributors are included in bug for inclusion in the distro, if some don’t make it at least everyone has access to these images.
As with all processes it’s about refinement over time so while this process went well and we’ve got some really great images, what can we do next time to make it better?
Firstly we’ll be looking at limiting entries, many people submitted way more images than is sensible. We have a very detailed photo diary of someone’s holiday, for example, and that’s not what choosing wallpapers is all about. We will also look to bring the deadline for entries forward to allow for more time to gather files. One of the reasons that the number of illustrated wallpapers we invited to be in the final shortlist haven’t made it is because at time of writing we don’t have high resolution files from them. Rest assured that if they do appear in the remaining time before release I’ll work to cajole cuddle and squeeze any additional great images in but it looks like in this case a week wasn’t long enough. This may in part be due to the fact that the contributors we get here are often new to the project and not always aware of the delivery mechanisms used and aware of how important deadlines are. We’ll allocate more time next release for collation and review so we can help educate people on what the development schedule, Creative Commons licensing and the like are all about. Members of the team who helped this time around have said they’d be happy to help moderate and educate during the next release so we should also have more hands to help with the process which is splendid!
Having read comments on some other blogs and news sites I’d also like to end on a very important point. Every six months we contribute in a small way to Ubuntu with this submissions process. Community members from all over the world provide a number of new images which if users choose, they can have as the wallpaper on their desktop. People take photos, draw illustrations and tinker to create images specifically for this project and it is unfair to them and the team who review the images to simply post comments saying that the images are poor and not what you’d have chosen. Wallpapers are an optional component. They’re a small part of the whole and a team of willing community volunteers, myself included, select what we hope people will like and what we hope is a bit different to last time to keep things fresh and interesting. If you don’t see something you’d have chosen, that’s ok, you can choose your own image(s) and even post yours in time for the next release. Get involved!
So to all of you reading on this Friday afternoon, if you like the work of someone whose image was chosen or included in the submissions process, tell them about it. Blog it, show it to your friends, tweet it, send it to friends who don’t even use Ubuntu who might like it. Let’s celebrate the creation of free content and celebrate Ubuntu. That’s what it’s all about isn’t it?

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Iain Farrell

All the way back in January we kicked off the submissions process for the next released of Ubuntu.

We did this using Flickr and since then the group has been inundated with over 2,700 submissions! This is an incredible achievement in a reasonably short time and many of the entries are looking great.

Charline, on the Canonical Design Team, contacted me earlier today to ask about what comes next. Well, first of all I’d like to thank everyone who has submitted thus far. It’s an incredible amount of user generated content and we should be chuffed to bits to have so much good stuff to sort through. Next I’d also like to encourage anyone who _has_ submitted to review what they’ve placed in the group. We are about to ask a small group of people to select from nearly three thousand images. If you’ve submitted more than one image if you could please review your images and decide if we really should be considering them all that would be a huge help :)

Lastly, don’t forget the deadline for submissions is March 15th 18:00 UK time. At that point I’ll close the group and the judges will start sorting through these entries. Then from their selection we’ll try and get down to a number of images that can be safely fitted onto the CD image. As always we’ll separate out the entries selected into their own group and we’re also looking into making a package of all the selected images so the completionists out there can get all the wallpapers in one easy package.

Easy, huh? Well you don’t have to sort through 3000 images in a week! ;) Happy snapping, sketching and scanning!


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Iain Farrell

Precise Pangolin artwork

As developers all over the world sink their teeth into the new features for the next release of Ubuntu it’s time to get out our cameras, brushes and pencils out and start creating the images that will make up the wallpapers for the next release. 12.04 will be an LTS so the same super high quality that the teams delivering the desktop experience are working to should inspire us to make this the best wallpaper set we’ve released yet!

As usual there is a group on Flickr set up for your submissions – Precise Pangolin wallpaper submissions group. Simply upload your pictures to Flickr – accounts are free – and again as usual the contributors who were selected last time will be the ones asked to choose from the final selection of images. For guidance around what might make appropriate content, image resolutions to be used and the like check out the Ubuntu Artwork team wiki page on wallpapers.

You can see from the Pangolin Release Schedule that the development process is well under way so  we’ll be accepting entries until March 15th 18:00 UK time with a view to choosing the images and getting them into the release the following week as the Beta Freeze closes. Questions are welcome on my iain at ubuntu dot com address or on IRC in #ubuntu-design where you’ll find me, like-minded community members and Canonical’s designers.

So get snapping, sketching and painting! :)

View of Kinloch Rannoch in Scotland


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Iain Farrell

Not that long ago Matt Jones of BERG fame came up with a really lovely idea! In response to the keep calm and carry on posters from the Second World War that had become so popular again he decided that a more positive statement was needed!

“It occurred to me that this was exactly the wrong sentiment for this age …

I started sketching on the paper a contrary statement, where stiff upper lip was replaced by a stiff upper arm from soldering…”

The Get Excited and Make Things poster was born.

Get excited and make things - By Matt Jones

With this in mind I’d like to open up the wallpaper submissions process for the next release of Ubuntu, Oneiric Ocelot! The Flickr group for submissions is now open and can be found at http://www.flickr.com/groups/oneiric-wallpaper-submissions/ and just like last time we’re accepting both photos and rendered/ illustrated wallpapers.

For guidance on what formats are best to submit can I suggest you look at the excellent wiki page on the subject which can be found on the Ubuntu wiki at – wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Documentation/Backgrounds.

We recommend a minimum resolution of 2560 x 1600 and templates for GIMP can be found on the wiki page.

In order for us to make the UI freeze we need just over a week to review and shortlist entries so we will be closing the group for entries on the 11th August at 12pm UK time. From there as with previous cycles the contributors whose images were selected last time will be invited to select a shortlist that will make it into Ubuntu 11.10.

So what are you waiting for?! Get excited and make things!! I am! :)

Get snapping! By Gaetan Lee

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Iain Farrell

Two weeks into our wallpaper contest we’re seeing lots of really interesting entries for the photographic part. As those of you who read the previous post about the contest will know we’re also reserving at least three places this release for non photographic wallpapers. The plan _was_ to use another site to manage these entries. Unfortunately the dedicated community team working on this site have hit some issues with keeping it running and so we’ve decided to move all entries to Flickr. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work and we’ll explore this solution again next cycle.

Metal & Bolts Sculpture SW 6th 1 of 3 by Orb9220

Metal & Bolts Sculpture SW 6th 1 of 3 by Orb9220

In the meantime we’ve a Narwhal who simply has to look Natty and we need something robust and reliable so that you can all focus more on creating and getting your entries to our judging panel and less on trying to upload. As before with the photographic entries simply tag your image NattyWallpaper so we can easily find it when judging time comes.

While you’re hard at it snapping, sketching and creating our future desktops we’ll be contacting previous winners and asking them to prepare to look through all your entries. Good luck and have fun!

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Iain Farrell

That’s what we want the Ubuntu desktops in Natty to feel like. We’re changing things a little bit for the coming release too. We’ll still feature some fantastic photography sourced from our Flickr group but this time we’re reserving at least 3 places for non photographic wallpapers, so things that are rendered or drawn.

Maverick wallpapers

The wallpapers from the last cycle were one of the finest collections we’ve ever had and we’re excited to see what you’ve all got to share with us in 2011. If you’ve got an amazing photo you’d like to submit simply head over to the Ubuntu Artwork group on Flickr, join up and add your photo(s) to the group. Please tag anything you’d like us to consider with the tag NattyWallpaper so that we know to look at it when judging comes around.

If you have a rendering or drawing you’d like to submit we have a new site set up for handling submissions. It can be found at http://art.ubuntu-owl.org/. As with the Flickr group images should be tagged NattyWallpaper so we can review them more easily.

For guidance on what formats are best to submit can I suggest you look at the excellent wiki page on the subject which can be found on the Ubuntu wiki at – wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Documentation/Backgrounds.

We recommend a minimum resolution of 2560 x 1600 and templates for GIMP can be found on the wiki page.

Lastly we have to have selections made and a package accepted into the distro in time for the UI Freeze on the 24th March so we’ll stop accepting entries after 13th March 2011 so get snapping, sketching and thinking and we’ll look forward to seeing what you all come up with!

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