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General-Purpose Fedora Posters

Hello! So, Joerg Simon pointed out to me that we have a need for general-purpose, reusable designs for Fedora posters that can be used at many different events / during different releases of Fedora (so no event-specific release-specific feature-specific etc. notes on them.)

This is my first draft at an attempt at this. It is a series of 3 posters, each poster focusing on one principle / idea behind Fedora (from the Fedora logo design). They are designed at a ratio such that they could be printed out at the US standard 36″x24″ poster size:

Now, I will caveat these designs with some points I’m hoping the lazyweb will help me sort out:

  • The colors are rather hideous. They were picked at 2 AM this morning. Any palette suggestions?
  • The text is pretty hokey. Kind of reminds me of this old Hello Kitty lunch box I used to have that had this very long diatribe food on it that had obviously at one point been written in Japanese or perhaps Chinese and then was translated into English via some intermediary language…. “Hello Kitty say delicious food it sing, it dance, kitty makes you FREE and CHEERFUL! Apples are GOOD.” Something like that. But longer. Anyway, I think it needs your help!

Here’s the full text for each poster:

  • INFINITY: infinity refers to fedora’s focus on technology. fedora always leads, never follows, into the infinite unknown. no hesitation. no boundaries.
  • FREEDOM: freedom is a distinguishing feature of fedora. we do the right thing, even when we disagree with the rules. we won’t compromise our freedom and responsibility by relying on crutches. we seek free alternatives.
  • VOICE: voice refers to fedora’s focus on community. fedora is created in the open and anyone can join in and help determine fedora’s destiny. fedora is made possible by a community of people across the world. every one has a voice.

HELP ME lazyweb, you’re my only hope!

About Máirín Duffy

Máirín is a principal interaction designer at Red Hat. She is passionate about software freedom and free & open source tools, particularly in the creative domain: her favorite application is Inkscape. You can read more from Máirín on her blog at blog.linuxgrrl.com.

Discussion

15 thoughts on “General-Purpose Fedora Posters

  1. focus on the future. focus on Possibility.

    believe in yourself. believe in Truth.

    express your thoughts. express Desire.

    Posted by ivazquez | February 7, 2008, 5:19 am
  2. I like them!

    The fonts, colors, layout… Very nice :) .

    – Livio

    Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2008, 6:08 am
  3. Colors

    Those are cool posters. I like the text overall. One idea for colors:

    http://www.friendlyskies.net/fedcolors.png

    I would probably swap my pink/blue though.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2008, 6:31 am
  4. The only color that bothers me is the pink, but I guess is OK to have one of the 3 designs targeted at girls :D :D (I was really evil…)

    The center one is pretty good, is almost the sulfur-yellow (sulfur is a more bright yellow but that would be too bright).

    Maybe one could be a very pale light blue?

    Posted by nicubunulj | February 7, 2008, 6:37 am
  5. Hello Kitty

    Actually, living in Japan I can tell you that kind of text isn’t really translated. It’s normally written like that from the start. You need to remember that the intended audience is Japanese, with a shaky grasp of English. So the aim is to sound cool and poetic while deliberately being nonsensical and not say anything of substance.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2008, 7:35 am
  6. freedom. voice. infinity.

    Hi Mo,

    Please correct me if I’m wrong but I thought we supposed to use “freedom. voice. infinity” instead of “infinity. freedom. voice” according to PDF version of manual at http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Logo

    I’ve already asked my local vendor to print X numbers of Fedora T-shirts with “freedom. voice. infinity” :(

    Thomas

    Posted by tchung | February 7, 2008, 8:36 am
    • Re: freedom. voice. infinity.

      Hey Thomas,

      I don’t think it matters what order they are in. I just happened to put them in the infinity – freedom – voice ordering for the posters. Overall though I don’t think the ordering matters.

      Posted by mairin | February 7, 2008, 2:31 pm
  7. Colours

    I feel the colours are washed out a little, maybe you could try using the kind of tones we see in tango icons to give it some strength without being overbearing.

    The first comment from ivazquez, sounds too much like;

    ignorance is strength
    war is peace
    freedom is slavery

    And although no major diatribe is required for these posters I think what you have already is pretty good.

    K,

    Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2008, 9:08 am
  8. Without having put any thought into the text, the thing that jumps out is ‘freedom is a distinguishing feature of Fedora': ‘foo of bar’ is usually a good indicator of having come from a translation. ‘freedom is one of Fedora’s distinguishing features’ is vastly less awkward.

    Posted by fooishbar | February 7, 2008, 9:22 am
  9. My take on the text

    Infinity: free software opens up a world of limitless possibilities, which, through boundless innovation, Fedora is leading us into.

    Freedom: don’t want to compromise on freedom? Neither does Fedora. We’ll always do the right thing, never relying on crutches but seeking free alternatives instead.

    Voice: Fedora is your distribution: created entirely in the open, anybody can join and help guide the development of this community.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2008, 11:25 am
    • Re: My take on the text

      Short, snappy sentences are a much better choice for making impressions in this fashion.

      Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2008, 3:24 pm
  10. Crutches

    The only amendment I would suggest is removing/changing the “relying on crutches” comment. Its a bit obscure and most people appreciate crutches when they’ve had a nasty snowboarding accident. :)

    How about:

    we won’t compromise our freedom and responsibility by relying on restricted software.

    Though I realise the text is a bit more abstract but hopefully you get where I’m coming from.

    On colours I think the purple should be slightly less harsh.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2008, 1:28 pm
  11. Suggestions for Text

    * INFINITY: fedora focuses on technology. the latest stuff that’s ready to run. fedora always leads, never follows, into the infinite unknown. no hesitation. no boundaries.

    * FREEDOM: what sets fedora apart is freedom. we do the right thing, even when we disagree with the rules. we won’t compromise freedom and responsibility by relying on crutches. we seek free alternatives.

    * VOICE: fedora focuses on community. fedora is created in the open. anyone can join in and help determine fedora’s destiny. fedora is made possible by a community of people across the world. every one has a voice.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2008, 3:30 pm
  12. great work, very kool, tnks

    great work, very kool, tnks

    Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2008, 6:34 pm
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