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Hi Steve,

On Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 11:10 AM, SteveBell <> wrote:

Well, the simple shapes and colors were what we called for -- it's a
characteristic of Swiss design. We chose to go with Swiss style, as it
represents simplicity and celebrates typography.
The choice of colors is greatly restricted by the guidelines [1], so we
can't blame Mateus for that either. (BTW, his previous proposal [2]
proposed different colors.)

Alex's designs don't actually follow these guidelines, and the designs
have to be changed if we want to consider them (as we've posted on the
g+, and fb).

Obviously Alexander Willms proposals are popular. And that is due to the
fact that they look like contemporary design while the simplistic proposals
look, well simplistic and to myself out-dated (like from the early 90s).

Actually, flat design and Swiss style are both very contemporary, at least
in application design.
They're a cornerstone of Android application design, of Microsoft's Modern
Windows UI (or whatever it's called now), of Google's and Facebook's web
application design, and they're appearing in more and more places (e.g.
Vimeo, Kickstarter, Smashing Magazine, ...).

That said, the problem with Alex's proposal isn't Swiss-related.
The problem is that he doesn't follow the design guidelines (and that his
progress indicator and Start screen can't be implemented as proposed), with
the biggest problem being that the proposal doesn't use any shade of
LibreOffice's green.

The fact that the start screen is not ideal (and I totally agree with that)
doesn't mean too much. We could ask alex, to re-work the start-center if
that is the big obstacle now.

We have (via a public mailing list, G+, and FB post).
The truth is, we're really running out of time here, and when/if we pick a
proposal, it must be at least nearly in shipping state.

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