Splash screen

The splash screen contest has come and gone. Some (like me) like the splash, and others don’t. I agree with Nat’s comments about the splash being uninteresting to users, but I still like it. Perhaps a list of finalists with a short frame of time to express opinions about the chosen splashes would have been better (suggested by Andrew Johnson today), but we can learn from this and maybe we can do that next time.

I’d like to point out one entry that Jakub liked that I don’t think met the criteria. This entry doesn’t conform to the “No English text” rule. I know, it’s sign language; but the sign language used is American Sign Language. This is a specific language to the American deaf community and is NOT universal. There are many different sign languages around the world with their own alphabet. Some, like British Sign Language are very different from American Sign Language’s alphabet. I know it’s a nitpick, but if we’re going to say that the splash can’t have English text because we don’t want to translate the splash for users that speak another language, then we can’t have a language other than English (ASL) on our splash because we’d have to translate that as well.

5 Replies to “Splash screen”

  1. FWIW, each of those characters are equivalent to their BSL counterparts; I didn’t need to stop and try to interpret them (as a BSL signer) before figuring out what they meant. Doesn’t change your point, of course. 🙂

    The only difference between ASL and BSL here is that we’d be using the other hand to aid the sign; either by tapping the sign in the diagram on to the palm of our other hand (as in N, M) or using a finger on one hand to tap on the raised vowel on the other (as in E).

    – C.

  2. In effect "GNOME" itself is written in Latin alphabet and that’s not global either.

    This is totally ridiculous and doesn’t change the fact that the winning splash screen is not executed well and shines "amateurism". The mixed up light source/shadows, horrible colours.

  3. It’s not like the hand sign need to be read either. But they

    * look cool
    * convey a message (-> usability, accessiblity)

  4. so sorry to be annoying but the first letter in that image is f, not g

    they spelled fnome.

    a ‘g’ in finger spelling is to make a gun from your fingers (index finger straight out thumb up) then fold your thumb down so it rests against your middle finger.

    so it’s not a g in asl’s finger spelling.

  5. I’m sorry, but I think this is a lame excuse. It’s not like the chosen screen was the second best, after the "non-international sign-language splash".. It truly is one of the worst splash screens I’ve ever seen.

    I don’t think it’s reasonable that two people -who obviously don’t know anything about graphics design- get to choose what thousands of people will see when they first try the new Gnome 2.10.

    Much better designs were:
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest… 😉

    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    http://www.gimp.org/contest
    Really, almost anything was better than this 1994-webdesign like excuse of a splash screen.

    For once I’m happy most distributions package their own splash screen.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *