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Hi, :-)

I'm forwarding this message from a Debian community member interested
in working on a log for LibreOffice.

"Tv.debian", thanks very much for your interest, and for responding to
my post on the Debian Desktop list. :-) I've posted your graphic on
the LibO marketing ideas page. The best thing would be to sign up for
the LibO marketing mailing list at [1] and then write to the list and
introduce yourself.

Meanwhile, I've uploaded your graphic to the wiki (40% scale) [2].
Maybe you'd like to sign up for an account on the wiki and add a few
words description. If you'd like to develop the idea further, feel
free to upload updates to the wiki. :-)

[1] Send a blank message to this address and you'll be mailed

David Nelson

---------- Forwarded message ----------

I just read this message on the Debian list, and it prompted me to put
together some artwork, I hope you can relay it if you think it's of any
interest. I don't pretend to be an artists and this is just meant to
serve as a mock-up to offer the zebra as a possible LibO mascot. I know
the graphics probably violates a dozen of the existing LibO graphical
guidelines which I intend to look up in the coming days (!)... Just
focus on that cool zebra for now.

Why the Zebra ? I like Zebras, they are highly adaptable animals, they
are free spirited and have never been truly domesticated. The hierarchy
system inside the herds is often loose, even the herds doesn't have a
very strict form, but in case of danger or attack all individuals will
come together to defend themselves and protect the foals.
Marty the zebra from the "Madagascar" animation picture is the one who
starts it all, he is the one who can't stand the artificial comfort of
the zoo walled garden, and triggers the adventure which set the heroes
free. I think Marty tells us something, and my son loves him ;-).

On a practical side, Wikipedia [1] says "The unique stripes and
behaviours of zebras make these among the animals most familiar to
people", yes zebras are popular, recognized by people and child in many
cultures. They are also associated with good values like speed,
endurance, freedom.
On the graphical front zebras rock, they are highly contrasted and can
be recognised even on the tiniest icon. They are easily declined in any
colour and bear a "pop-art" touch that never gets hold.

I just attached a bitmap export of a few models I have made, all work is
done in svg format in Inkscape. The zebra has been vectorised from one
of my personal pictures, only using free programs (XSane, Gimp, potrace,
Inkscape on a Debian GNU-Linux system). I borrowed and adapted svg icons
from the KDE Oxygen theme and from Opencliparts, there is no material
under non-free licences in the graphics and all sources are available in
svg format. Off course I would be happy to donate any part of this
graphics to TDF and LibO.

Take care, you are free to pass this mail address to anyone LibreOffice
related to contact me if needed.


Note: I am on Paris/Oslo time zone.

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