[Marketing] [IAEP] [Sugar-devel] [SoaS] Request for Artwork: Boot Screen

Tomeu Vizoso tomeu at sugarlabs.org
Thu Jun 4 15:24:55 EDT 2009

On Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 16:35, Eben Eliason <eben.eliason at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 10:31 AM, Eben Eliason <eben.eliason at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 7:24 AM, Sean DALY <sdaly.be at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Marketing_Team/Boot_Logo
>>> Christian - I myself prefer the "rays" to dots which I feel too
>>> closely resemble networks in the Neighborhood view, confusion is
>>> possible (networks being connected to at startup?)
>>> Fred - I'm willing to try that sunrise metaphor, tonight if I can
>>> (travelling today)
>>> Re splash page with logo: in my next mockup I'll leave off the example
>>> school logo.and move that frame to the end. It might be better to
>>> "reserve" a frame for customizable logo or message, before or after
>>> the Sugar spash page
>> Yes, in that mockup the first screen is kind of overwhelming with
>> several logos and a few pieces of textual information. At the same
>> time, we tried very hard to eliminate the slideshow effect that feels
>> (well, is) like a bunch of marketing material that detracts from the
>> UI.
>> I think the Sugar logo should stand alone, so it reads powerfully, and
>> then be replaced in short order by the XO. Perhaps we could entertain
>> a text only solution to identifying the school, in gray beneath the
>> sugar logo. Thoughts?
>>> Version info: In fact I feel strongly about showing version
>>> information... or its corollary, making it easy to find. Teachers,
>> I think it's more important that we make it easy to find in the UI.
>> Kids won't reboot that often, and it would be silly to reboot just to
>> find that info.
>>> parents, admins, G1G1 donors unfamiliar with Sugar will not have the
>>> foggiest idea how to hunt down version information (Learners might not
>>> have trouble finding it - they will explore their machines ad
>>> infinitum - but they can't be expected to know about versioning). We
>>> are about to embark on hundreds of thousands of XO-1.5s running v0..84
>>> which will coexist with a huge installed base of v0.82 (and many
>>> earlier); SoaS with its simplified numbering scheme will (we hope) sow
>>> the seeds for preinstalled Sugar in distributions for education
>>> projects. We may be deploying v0.86 at the end of the year... aside
>>> from how we manage the Activity compatibility matrix, we need to make
>>> such info *extremely* easy to track down for someone interested in
>>> checking if Sugar + Activities are "up-to-date". Our strategy for
>>> teacher buy-in is star marketing on Activities (see press releases);
>>> making Activity installation/upgrade simple this summer is part of
>>> what we need to do to make SoaS possible in the classroom. Helping
>>> users understand what version they have (of Sugar, of each Activity)
>>> is a key aspect of that.
>>> I agree that it's unpleasant to see numbers at boot time (especially a
>>> datestamped snapshot number). Why don't we borrow an idea from Apple?
>> We basically have this already. We ust happen to have an XO in the
>> center of the screen, instead of an apple icon in the upper left. The
>> info is actually in the "About my XO" section of the settings, which
>> might be one step too far. We could go back to an earlier design for
>> the XO menu and have a direct "About my XO" menu item which jumps
>> directly to the correct settings panel.
>> We could also separate the "About my XO" panel from settings, removing
>> it from the settings panel completely and showing it as it's own modal
>> dialog accessible via an "About my XO" menu item.
>> I would be fine with either approach.
>>> They have a tiny apple icon in the upper-left corner of the screen;
>>> clicking on it opens a window with the processor, RAM and OSX version
>>> number. In addition to the "About my computer" section in the Control
>>> Panel, perhaps we could show the version in the Frame? The bottom bar
>>> has room I think.
>> There's no need to expose this information directly. It will only be
>> needed on occasion, and the Frame is designed for the information you
>> want to carry with you all the time.
>>> When we start to get consolidated feedback, we will know if
>>> difficult-to-find version info is a problem for Sugar / Activity
>>> updaters or not. I feel sure it is and showing the version in the
>>> Frame (the one-glance status communicator) seems to me a good approach
>>> which would let us skip info in the splash screen.
>>> Nota: my idea would be for each version to change the Sugar logo color
>>> too... potentially allowing troubleshooters to ask "what color is the
>>> Sugar logo?" and match that to the version number.
>> I would much rather see the logo change colors with each boot, but
> I meant to take this back before sending, and forgot to. I actually
> think changing the colors with each release is a pretty awesome idea.

So awesome that it may solve the controversial issue of naming
releases: Banana-Chocolate Sugar, Cherry-Oak Sugar, etc



> Eben
>> changing with each release is a pretty cool idea. I would support
>> that. I think there are enough of combinations to make "wrapping
>> around" a non-issue, as long as we only change the color for major
>> releases (2 per year, on average).
>> Finally, regarding the animation itself: I Think the gray dots are
>> still the best option, and the clearest. They fit the style, but won't
>> be confused with APs. If we can in any way manage it, coloring the XO
>> in the child's chosen colors is really the way that color should be
>> introduced. The colored dots seem to undermine the importance of that
>> metaphor, for me. Everywhere else in the UI, color relates to
>> identity; has meaning. (All the more reason to change the sugar logo
>> colors with each release!) These randomly colored dots just don't seem
>> fit within that concept.
>> Also, if no "dot" solution seems to gain consensus, we could go back
>> to a simple progress bar, which is perhaps less interesting, but
>> simple and clean and matches the UI.
>> Eben
>>> thanks
>>> Sean
>>> On Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 5:00 AM, Frederick Grose <fgrose at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Please indulge me to make another pitch for the 'sunrise' metaphor for the
>>>> growing ring.
>>>> Using the same color locations, the ring would build from sunrise orange to
>>>> midday yellow to afternoon greens and blues to dusky red-violets (perhaps
>>>> the darker one last).  These are just common earth metaphors that might come
>>>> to mind as children worldwide--who may have never seen a analog or digital
>>>> clock--anticipate what may be waiting for them in their day ahead of them.
>>>> The ring would also build from one foot, and end symmetrically on the
>>>> other--a growth surrounding the nascent learner like a cover--a home--a safe
>>>> shelter for learning or a shower of celestial opportunities.  "Will I grow
>>>> too like the graphic is suggesting?"
>>>> OK, these are just potential metaphors...
>>>> On Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 10:17 PM, Frederick Grose <fgrose at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> I like that a lot.
>>>>> I'm with others on leaving the version number as well to the 'About my
>>>>> Computer' panel. (It can be referenced and then read as needed after
>>>>> booting, whereas the vanishing boot image just makes me nervous about
>>>>> writing down or memorizing a long number.)
>>>>> The Green Hornet, would of course only appear on a 'Graphic guidelines'
>>>>> page for deployments and packagers.
>>>>> I suggest you try this sequence:
>>>>> 1. a short, blank white field (infinite potential)
>>>>> 2. the small xo figure (just possibly me in a big universe)
>>>>> 3. the building ring and figure (what might be building for me? Will I
>>>>> grow too as suggested?)
>>>>> 4. the Sugar, and optional custom graphic,  pausing, usually a
>>>>> machine-dependent variable time, allowing for reading (fixing the name of
>>>>> this tool and those who built it for me)         Do we want a gray Sugar
>>>>> Labs opposite the fedora remix?
>>>>> (5. the living, playable, ready-to-open door to Learning--the Sugar Home
>>>>> view.)
>>>>> Thanks everyone!       --Fred
>>>>> On Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 8:50 PM, Sean DALY <sdaly.be at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>> Fred - I have uploaded a new variant to the wiki:
>>>>>> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Marketing_Team/Boot_Logo#Eleven_Color_Ray_Variant.2C_Growing_XO_Avatar.2C_No_Prior_Outlines.2C_Starts_With_Logo_Splash_Page
>>>>>> On Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 4:37 AM, Frederick Grose <fgrose at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>> > I mostly like it.  Seems to be close to what we want for now.
>>>>>> > Please consider these adjustments:
>>>>>> > 1.  No fine print (leave that for the 'About my Computer" panel).
>>>>>> > 2.  Scale the custom school graphic example (Green Hornet) to fit the
>>>>>> > other
>>>>>> > elements, leave out the fine print.
>>>>>> > 3.  Let the rays grow incrementally to complete the ring (no unfilled
>>>>>> > place
>>>>>> > holders).  I feel more anticipation and suspense from the ring growing
>>>>>> > without the preview, and more satisfaction of seeing the completed
>>>>>> > color
>>>>>> > burst.
>>>>>> >         Thank you!        --Fred
>>>>>> > On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 9:33 PM, Sean DALY <sdaly.be at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>> >>
>>>>>> >> Here's the second mockup:
>>>>>> >>
>>>>>> >>
>>>>>> >> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Marketing_Team/Boot_Logo#Eleven_Color_Ray_Variant.2C_Growing_XO_Avatar.2C_Starts_With_Logo_Splash_Page
>>>>>> >>
>>>>>> >> This version includes a logo/copyright splash page and a "growing" or
>>>>>> >> "approaching" XO avatar.
>>>>>> >>
>>>>>> >> Comments welcome please.
>>>>>> >>
>>>>>> >> thanks
>>>>>> >>
>>>>>> >> Sean
>>>>>> >
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