David Siegel (part of the Desktop Experience Team at Canonical, and author & maintainer of GNOME Do) posted this message on his blog today:
Ken Wimer, a member of the Canonical Design team, is running a "contest" to collect a set of beautiful desktop backgrounds to ship with Ubuntu 9.10 “Karmic Koala” in October.
In our next release, the Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10), we would like to include a set of high quality desktop backgrounds. In order to accomplish this we call on anyone and everyone to submit images which are freely licensed CC-BY-SA and follow the guidelines for inclusion.
We’ve created a photo pool on Flickr where you can submit or just browse proposed backgrounds:
Some of the guidelines include (from the project wiki page):
* Avoid prominent use of the Ubuntu logo. It appears in enough places already.
* No version numbers. Some individuals may desire to use an older theme, or use the latest theme in their older version of Ubuntu. Let your submission be about choice and do not use version numbers in your artwork.
* Avoid text, it calls for attention too much and will likely look bad when scaled. Plus it can’t be translated easily.
* Be careful with small patterns, they might become uneven when scaled.
* Consider how the wallpaper will interact with the panels, icons and windows.
* Show restraint in your use of color tone and contrast. The wallpaper sets the scene for other elements, it is not the main act.
Please join our Flickr pool and submit your images, but make sure you’ve read the complete project guidelines first. If your background makes the cut, millions of people will gaze upon your beautiful image in October.