[Libreoffice-qa] [libreoffice-projects] Minutes of the Design Hangout: 2017-Jun-01

Heiko Tietze tietze.heiko at googlemail.com
Thu Jun 1 20:42:39 UTC 2017

On 01.06.2017 22:06, Adolfo Jayme Barrientos wrote:
>> https://discourse.opensourcedesign.net/t/branding-libreoffice-6-0/175/7
> Great, thanks for the link. Yes, I can see why that person is 
> concerned, but IMHO it’s worth it to try to find a more mature, 
> polished, usable motif than what we currently have, and maintain it 
> for more than one release to avoid “diluting the brand”—in particular
> because our brand assets (icons, motif and colors) were created
> originally back in 2010–11 when it was still thought that 
> “LibreOffice” would be a temporary brand, so they were never meant to
> be so enduring as they have been… Personally at least, I’d be very
> glad to move away from our current motif, and the brand colors as
> well, while we are about it. For some time we had a prettier “Olive
> Green” color, but we abandoned it…

Apparently, there is not much interest in that topic. I sent out four or five messages on the mailing lists, wrote a blog post and filed a job request on OSD just to end up with a self-made proposal and some ideas from a friend. We do not have an ad hoc concept for the major release nor anything to draw focus on. That leads to a trivial design like what we have today. Given we hire a designer what should she do? Creativity does not come out of the blue. Plus, there is likely no budget. And personally I think we shouldn't spent donation money for those short-term pieces. Would be different if it was for 10 years or more.
On the other hand we have the original design, which is nice and was never challenged. Don't remember why the major release should receive a unique branding at all. That's why I support the idea to go back. But we do open source and it's up to the community to decide with what design to continue.

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