Wow Nik, thank you so much! That was extremely helpful. My brain is
in super mode now thinking of design motifs!
On Sat, Mar 5, 2011 at 8:45 AM, Nik <email@example.com
Whoops, forgot to reply to Design-list instead of just to Jaron...
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Subject: Re: [libreoffice-design] Re: Re:
[libreoffice-design] Motif draft
Date: Sat, 05 Mar 2011 17:32:13 +1100
From: Nik <firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>>
To: Jaron Kuppers <firstname.lastname@example.org
On 3/5/2011 6:37 AM, Jaron Kuppers wrote:
I would love to be involved but unfortunately I still feel
that I don't fully understand what is desired in the motif
(what is the end deliverable). Of course, design is not my
main background (mechanical engineering is) so hopefully once
design proposals go up I can contribute. I look forward to
Sorry if I've been unclear about what the Motif-Design task entails.
I think I've done a better job explaining it on the wiki
(http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Design/Motif) than I have on
So if anyone else was also wondering what a Motif is, it's
basically a decorative visual element, usually quite abstract
(curves, patterns, colour-combinations, shapes, textures, or a
combination of all).
It usually gets used as subtle background elements in a Design
composition, or as recurring content-separators.
This is what Wikipedia thinks it is;
More to the point, here is what a leading branding agency made
when decorating a plane;
(The ribbon that spans the plane is their motif, a very
sophisticated way of saying "smooth ride" don't you think? =)
Essentially what we're aiming for is to create a pleasant vector
graphic that is so subtle that it can occupy empty space in an
*Sometimes it will be directly behind text so it needs to be
low-contrast and low on "noise" (not very intricate or busy).*
You have probably seen vector-flowers or inward-curling leaf/vine
shapes. Here is a typical example;
While flowers are nice, they don't say very much about Open source
software right? =)
So our goal is to come up with a "theme", such as "freedom,
collaboration, or independence" and create an abstract
representation of that, which we can use as a basis for ... well
posters, banners, web-pages, business cards, CDs/DVDs, your
slow-moving grandma, whatever really! =)
It is hard to create visual representations of intangible
concepts, but that is our challenge.
I'll collect and summarise the feedback from the "brainstorming"
phase tomorrow and present it to this list.
So if you want to add your two cents, feel free to dive in any time.
Hope that makes it a smidgeon more clear for everyone who wasn't
too sure what I was jabbering on about.
And thanks for bravely piping-up and letting me know I hadn't
defined the task to a wider audience Jaron!
Right now we need ideas, and once we've gathered some good ones
up, we can start sketching.
By the way, if you're looking for a simply AWESOME implementation
of a logo-brand turned into a motif (and everything else), look no
further than Duffy & Partner's "Bahamas campaign";
Hope that clarifies and inspires =)
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