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Hi Nik!

On Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 6:25 AM, Nik <> wrote:
Hi Ivan and Design!

Today is the last day for adding motif proposals to the Wiki page;

I've added mine (at the bottom). And a very hasty description because I'm
running short on time.

Aren't we all ... regardless, your designs are AMAZING. I just wish
they were available in a higher resolution (wallpapers, anyone?).

Overall, my favourite is Scatter (#6), but I'll go through them all
with some feedback. If, at any point, my critique starts sounding
overly negative, please keep in mind that I'm weighing all the options
against Scatter, which I will fawn over in due time.

In comparison to MessyStack, OpenBook seems more organised and tidy; I
don't feel that a messy stack of pages necessarily generates a
positive feeling for LibreOffice, whereas OpenBook combines
interesting effects as the transparent pages overlap and limits the
strong greens to the top of the page. It looks more organised and
focused. The only thing I don't like on OpenBook is the green used for
the LibO logo; I would have it in white (with the document icon fill
set to transparent) and I would suggest that it be left-aligned.

ApplicationCorners is nice, and although it links well to LibreOffice,
the image on the top-left looks like a log on its own, and I think
that sends the wrong message, particularly because there are a good
number of companies that use similar logos. Compared to something more
unique to LibO, like the document corners used wonderfully in Scatter,
I think that, despite being lovely to look at, ApplicationCorners
feels a little out of place with LibO's visual language.

DocumentFlower is a great idea, but the document symbol with the cut
off corner doesn't appear to lend itself well to this kind of motif -
it feels unbalanced despite being perfectly arranged.

FoldedPage uses great light greens, but it's very abstract, which
makes it seem a little incoherent/incongruous  (at least to my eyes).
If a little order were to be imposed, I think it could work better.

And finally, we come to Scatter. One of many possible interpretations
of this could be that it looks like something has been set free, and I
think this fits really well with LibO as a community-driven FLOSS
office suite. I think this could work really well with alternating
blues and greens in the scatter design (actually, it would work well
with almost any color). At the moment, the scatter is also confined to
a rectangular area, but it could be adapted to various shapes and
arrangements for use on the website, start/welcome center, etc, and it
would work really well with a minimalist look-and-feel. Subjectively,
that's one of my favourite things about this design: it got me
thinking about how it could be adapted and developed further into
something great more than any of the others.

Phew, I'm all feedbacked-out. Once again, thank you Nik for this great
set of proposals. If you could flick me a SVG copy of Scatter, I'd
love to take a look at it and play around with the colors.


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