[Consortium] Call for a redesign of the Made in Linux Vol.1cover

ico at vt.edu ico at vt.edu
Wed Nov 8 18:56:47 EST 2006

Hi Leonard,

To answer your questions, here is a bit of a background on the whole project:

"Tux Power" was Daniel's baby, so after the "Made in Linux" concept was merged
with the consortium's mission, it was simply retitled as in "Made in Linux
Vol.1  -- Tux Power." Hence the compromise title.

The CD (and future series) should be simply a collection of art made in Linux,
it should not be a religious and/or zealot statement, but simply a collection
of top art made using libre platform/software that should be judged primarily
on its artistic merit (and yet at the same time supporting the LAO mission in a
preferably subliminal way, namely through the title and/or common way of
generating art). Based on the aforesaid precedent it is apparent that every
volume will have its own subtitle. As far as what Tux Power means to
you/me/consortium, that is exactly what we are trying to figure out here... So
for time being, I think we should encourage total and unhindered creative
freedom so that we can see what this all means to each of you and then pick
something that most of us consider to be the most
accurate/interesting/artistically pleasing design. All that being said, there
is a bit of a dilemma regarding the "Tux Power" subtitle as it does bear
somewhat of a "revolutionary" tone which (now that I reflect upon it) may not
be the best way of marketing consortium and/or LA scene as IMHO it may end-up
reinforcing somewhat awkward stereotype that we are all nerds and geeks, thus
trivializing the relevance of our mission from corporate, artistic, and/or
consumer perspectives. Perhaps we should reevaluate the title and/or subtitle?

Considering that it would be best for the branding purposes if we recycled
portions of the design (i.e. background and title) for future volumes, we
really need something that will persist and won't get old quickly. A flat color
for a background (which is one of the most prominent surfaces that will be
permeated through future versions) is certainly not very interesting.

Hope this helps!


Quoting Leonard Ritter <contact at leonard-ritter.com>:

> but what is your problem with this version? actually i prefer it over
> any of the other designs. all we probably need is a version with some
> background color and gradient in it, but i find it to be very sleek and
> straight forward.
> but, sure, i could do one as well, but i need some help:
> can you give me some of the philosophy behind this cd... what is the
> message? "using linux for audio will make you powerful"? "help us make
> linux audio great"? "eat more fish"?
> when i look at the cd, what kind of feeling should i get? is it happy?
> or futuristic? or critical? promising?
> who is this targeted at? newbies? coders? musicians?
> and why is the title "tux power"? i assume you use "tux" because you are
> tired of saying "linux" or "software libre" over and over again. and
> "power" is obvious i guess.
> help me to get some associations and ideas.
> On Thu, 2006-11-02 at 13:38 -0500, Ivica Ico Bukvic wrote:
> > Greetings all,
> >
> > I guess the title say it all. The current cover does not reflect the
> > "rebranded" name of what is soon to become annual series. So, the things
> > that are needed/incorporated and/or to be considered:
> >
> > 1) We need to "retitle" the cover so that it is called as follows:
> >
> > Made in Linux Vol. 1
> > Tux Power
> >
> > This way every volume would have its subtitle.
> >
> > 2) We need 2 versions, B & W and color.
> >
> > 3) We also need the front and back sides of the CD jewel case (currently we
> > only have the front), as well as the CD cover itself
> >
> > 4) Obviously, the cover needs to be made entirely in Linux.
> >
> > 5) the design should be more elaborate but should also be easily
> > transferable between B & W and color.
> >
> > 6) There should be some kind of a permeating theme which can be easily
> > changed for each release so that generating covers for future CDs is as
> easy
> > as changing the color hue on the entire cover.
> >
> > 7) Obviously linuxaudio.org logo should be incorporated (although it does
> > not have to be the prominent part of the design).
> >
> > The old cover can be downloaded here:
> >
> > http://linuxaudio.org/tuxpower-insert2.pdf
> >
> > Everyone is welcome to participate in this process.
> >
> > Best wishes,
> >
> > Ivica Ico Bukvic, D.M.A.
> > Composition, Music Technology, CCTAD, and CHCI (by courtesy)
> > Virginia Tech
> > Dept. of Music - 0240
> > Blacksburg, VA 24061
> > (540) 231-1137
> > (540) 231-5034 (fax)
> > ico at vt.edu
> > http://www.music.vt.edu/people/faculty/bukvic/
> >
> >
> >
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> Leonard Ritter
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