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GIMP 10th Anniversary Splash Contest Winner Announced

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  • by User 956 (568564) on Friday December 30, 2005 @06:50AM (#14363721) Homepage
    "Gimp Splash 10". That sounds like a movie you don't want your girlfriend finding under your couch.
  • Eeeeuuuuh! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by peterpi (585134) on Friday December 30, 2005 @06:55AM (#14363727)
    The gimp slashdot icon animates!

    I thought I was seeing things.

  • by Phariom (941580) on Friday December 30, 2005 @06:58AM (#14363737)
    "We are collecting images with tutorials... "

    "Unfortunately the winning entry wasn't accompanied with a tutorial..."
  • Don't like it (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 30, 2005 @07:01AM (#14363743)
    The top lettering ruins the image, it looks like a homepage logo from 1998. I would remove the text at the top, crop the gauge tighter and overlay a more subtle version number in the bottom right. What does everyone else think?
    • This bodes ill... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by DwarfGoanna (447841) on Friday December 30, 2005 @09:08AM (#14364024)
      I think its become painfully clear that very few graphic designers (not to mention graphic design students, who would normally jump on a contest like this) use the GIMP. This would get killed in a freshmen level critique, and rejected by all but the least design conscious clients........and it won the fucking GIMP contest.


      I'm not trolling, I love Free Software and have a soft spot for the GIMP especially, but this says a lot about the user base.

      • After looking through the rejected submissions, they passed up some really strong designs for this crap. Amazing.
        • they also passed up many even worse entries. overall these are a bunch of butt-ugly pieces of amateur artwork.
      • Rant time (Score:3, Interesting)

        by TheSpoom (715771) *
        I've always thought that the GIMP was the graphic tool of choice... for developers. I mean, think about it; it's open source! It runs on Linux! It does things comparable to Photoshop and has lots of cool-looking effects!

        But then, when you actually try using it for something beyond simple trickery, you start seeing the problems involved. For one, even on Windows, it uses multiple windows for the same app. That doesn't make ANY sense from a UI perspective, and means that I often have to click more than f
      • Re:This bodes ill... (Score:2, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward
        I don't want to harsh anyone's mellow or come off sounding like an asshole, but in case the non-designers in the crowd are wondering what's wrong with it: look at the large version. The 'GIMP Years' font is nowhere near the font used for the numbers on the gauge, and it and the gimp logo are both black while the letters on the gauge are lighter and have some aging.

        Also, the text across the top is badly kerned. (Kerning is the space between letters. See how the T and H 'THE' are almost touching but there's a
      • The 'winner' is a piece of amatuerish crap of the worst kind.

        Try and sell GIMP to any serious graphic designer with an image like that and they'll laugh in your face - and when they've finished laughing, they'll either punch you in the face or wallop you with their handbag.

        This image is the winner?

        I'd love to see what the losers liked like :|

      • Re:This bodes ill... (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Aqua OS X (458522)
        I couldn't agree more.

        These splash screen contests aren't doing anything to help the GIMP project. Aside from that fact that they're horribly designed (which doesn't help to win over designers), they lack professional branding. The GIMP identity is all over the map (which doesn't help to win over anyone... especially graphic designers).

        No doubt, there are more important problems facing the GIMP then their stupid identity. Nevertheless, these guys need to HIRE (and by "hire" I mean "pay") a professional desi
    • Re:Don't like it (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Chazmati (214538) on Friday December 30, 2005 @09:45AM (#14364144)
      I think it's the lettering on the dial ("The Gimp") that ruins it. That lettering looks way too sharp and dark to fit in with the rest of the picture. The lettering at the top isn't pleasant, but it sort of fits in contrast/color/intensity.
    • A half-moon gauge, a copperplate (in keeping with the rusty Fallout theme) beneath with the title and version, replace "gimp years" with Wilbur.
    • Yes I agree with you. The logo design looks amateurish. It doesn't do justice to the capabilities of GIMP. Previous logos have been much better than this one.
    • It does ruin the image. I like the dial image theme though. The dial alreadys says Gimp and points to 10. So, we don't need a title. Leave the actual version number and text in Gimp's Help About.
    • But I could swear that I've seen this guage on photo.net....I'm pretty sure that the "artist" only added the gimp logo and text to a pre-existing image (And they did a bad job of it, too!)
    • Nit pick... (Score:3, Insightful)

      Also, the color of the text and doggie image added to the dial do not match the original scal and numbers. The text is not a matching font, either.
  • "And the winner is...

    a GIF screencap of that dude from Pulp Fiction.

    Congratulations, Hamid Franklin on a job well done. *clap-clap-clap*"

  • The titling sucks beyond description. It's just ugly. Sorry, I like the GIMP, but this doesn't do it justice.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 30, 2005 @07:08AM (#14363764)
    It looks like [gimp.org] some kind of rusty dial off the Titanic... only it's measuring.. years... which maxes out at.... 30.

    Umm...

    What?
  • 30 years limit? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by lRem (914073)
    Is it only me, or the gauge suggests how long the GIMP project will last? ;)
  • caches... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Skal Tura (595728) * on Friday December 30, 2005 @07:16AM (#14363777) Homepage
    coral cache directly to the winning image:
    http://sven.gimp.org.nyud.net:8090/gimp-2.2.10-spl ash-contest+ixyx_v0.2b.png [nyud.net]

    and to the full page:
    http://www.gimp.org.nyud.net:8090/contest/ [nyud.net]

    i also put the image to here:
    http://www.artichost.net/gimp-2.2.10-splash-contes t+ixyx_v0.2b.png [artichost.net]
  • 0-4 ? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TheRealDamion (209415) on Friday December 30, 2005 @07:16AM (#14363778) Homepage
    Why does it start at 0, get to 4 but mark it at 5? This also makes 15 not quite centred* at the top. (*I'm british)
    • Why does it start at 0, get to 4 but mark it at 5? This also makes 15 not quite centred* at the top. (*I'm british)

      It does look a bit like an artistic impression of a real dial.

    • Re:0-4 ? (Score:5, Funny)

      by cioxx (456323) on Friday December 30, 2005 @07:44AM (#14363844) Homepage
      Shareware limitation. The plugin for Photoshop that generates the gauge is made to produce incorrect increments when it is not registered.

      Either that or it's a metaphor, implying that in Year 1 (i.e. 0-1) not much was accomplished with respect to its functionality, and developers decided to put it behind them and forget it ever happened.

      I happen to believe the third theory, in which the artist who produced this artwork is making a social commentary on the existential nature of open source software.
    • Often mechanical guages are "pinned" (the needle rests on a pin) at the low reading otherwise they vibrate badly. Hence the needle doesn't travel between 0 and 1.

      Da ZombieEngineer
  • by Oldsmobile (930596) on Friday December 30, 2005 @07:17AM (#14363779) Journal
    To take part, you have to right click through menus, I suppose.
  • by bgfay (5362) on Friday December 30, 2005 @07:19AM (#14363780) Homepage
    Rename the GIMP so that people who aren't already devoted to it might have a clue as to what it does.

    There was another article a while ago about program names that made sense to me. If the Open Source programs had more recognizable names, they would have more traction. As it is, in my school, it is very difficult to get people to use things like the GIMP instead of Photoshop but much easier to convince them that OpenOffice is a good choice over MS Office.
    • by Saven Marek (739395) on Friday December 30, 2005 @07:43AM (#14363843)
      I think you are correct. A friend of mine who works in the industry (he is running a network for a big graphic place so he knows his stuff) says photoshop and gimp have been feature-parity for all intensive purposes since photoshop 5.0 and that dates back to 1999

      So a free program has been able to do what a program costing thousands in upgrades and purchases since 1999 but it is still not making solid inroads into the graphics business. Why is this? My friend says the first thing people laugh at is the name. It might be called GNU Image Manipulation Program but nobody calls it that, it even calls itself GIMP. I think it should be called Graphic Image Manupulation Program and renamed to not use the acronym gimp.

      It has all the ability to take over the graphics design business and that's some of the most entrenched markets of adobe. If only the name weren't turning people off :(
      • How about Graphic Manipulator?

        I don't love it, but it's a start toward naming it for what it does and getting away from the acronym which, I agree, sounds less than serious.
        • Graphic Manipulator? That's as bad as Microsoft's naming scheme: Internet Explorer, SQL Server, Windows Media Player, MSN Messenger, Paint, Notepad, Word, Windows Guardian. Have some creativity for gods sake!
          • Alright, I admit, I'm no PR genius! But, on the serious side, some of those names are pretty clear indications of what the programs do. It gives me no pleasure to give MS kudos for much of anything, though XP is a great system (talk about bad naming).

            So what's a good name for GIMP that indicates what it does, sounds professional, is easy to remember, and sells?
            • True enough, but there are plenty of MS and other successful programs that have names that don't correspond to any functionality. Names like Excel and Access. Even Adobe's other products (including their new Macromedia products), besides Photoshop, don't have any impact on their function. Fireworks, Acrobat, Premier, Audition, Extreme, ColdFusion?

              It's amazing Dreamweaver has been successful since it doesn't actually Weave Dreams.
      • by r00k123 (588214) <borenste@student ... 4159edu minus pi> on Friday December 30, 2005 @10:40AM (#14364412)
        Oh for God's sake...

        It's "for all intents and purposes."

      • by mnemonic_ (164550) <jamec@@@umich...edu> on Friday December 30, 2005 @10:55AM (#14364526) Homepage Journal
        A friend of mine who works in the industry (he is running a network for a big graphic place so he knows his stuff) says photoshop and gimp have been feature-parity for all intensive purposes since photoshop 5.0 and that dates back to 1999

        Except for the dynamic brushes, 32-bit HDR support, RAW support, vanishing point, layer effects, selectable type antialiasing, nested layer groups, adjustment layers, decent noise removal, filters that don't take years to run (try Gaussian Blur in the GIMP)... The list goes on. The GIMP guys are so busy trying to optimize and fix bugs that they never add any features. Check out Photoshop's Vanishing Point tool [digitalmediadesigner.com]. When's the last something you've seen something cool like that put into the GIMP? Oh that's right, never. The creative software field requires innovation and basic technical skill to make it all come together nicely. That's what Adobe has in its developers, and why Photoshop runs circles around the GIMP performance and feature wise. The GIMP team just can't compete.
      • No Pantone, no CMYK. Fie on your "feature parity" and your intensive (sic) purposes.
      • Hmm, that gives me an idea - it could be changed to "GraphicIMP" as a short project name, something that at least makes it clearer that it's got something to do with images - and still give the nod to people in the know. Plus it sounds kinda cute, which is a definite plus for the non-geeks!
      • Why not just rename it 'Image', maybe 'gnuImage' to keep RMS happy? You can already see the difference between 'Image' and 'gnuIMage'. One is catchy and the other isn't.

        "I use the open source 'Image' program. Sounds good huh?"
      • It has all the ability to take over the graphics design business and that's some of the most entrenched markets of adobe. If only the name weren't turning people off :(

        I would have thought that your post should have had so much more merit, but your screen name of "Saven Marek" turned me off, so I decided you're trolling.

      • Uh, no. The current Gimp may have feature parity with Photoshop 5.0. You either heard your friend wrong or you are both delusional.

        Regardless, it still does not have usability parity with Photoshop 5.0 which to me is far more important than how many features you have. I have never taken a course or read any books on Photoshop but I can quickly figure out how to do most tasks in PS without any difficulty.

        The only thing Gimp has going for it is price but we should all remember the old adage: "You get what

    • Rename the GIMP [...] If the Open Source programs had more recognizable names, they would have more traction.

      Seconded.

      But the people who write and name the programs aren't interested in traction, just in making it sound cutesy-pie for those on the inside track.

      Even more than naming, if the good folks at GIMP would fix the damn program to behave sensibly, perhaps more people would use it. They finally did something (not a lot, but something) about the interface, but it still does stupid anal-retentive thi

      • Who are they kidding?

        No wait.... There is "Auto White Balance", which might as well read "No White Balance" because the [i]whole point[/i] of a white-balance tool is to point-out what part of the image is to be considered "white". (Either that, or to indicate the color temp of the light source.)

        This, and the fact they must ask for splashscreen art to be submitted to them, makes me wonder if the GIMP project isn't driven by artless hacks. If they had more professional contact with end-users (in formal produc
        • I'm not saying the GIMP is a Photoshop replacement, but you are being a litte harsh. The "Levels" tool allows you to select a white point, gray point, and black point if you so desire. Or you can do everything manually. Or you can make adjustments after selecting the white point.

          Looking at the contest page, there were many many submissions. The gallery webpage is a bit confusing, but there are 12 logos per page and at least 10 pages... A contest's goal may be more than just to get a nice image; it's a

      • but it still does stupid anal-retentive things like refusing to Save As...GIF (for example) until you manually make the image type Indexed


        I've never had any trouble saving as GIF with gimp. If you're not in an indexed mode it simply gives you the option of converting to indexed or grayscale, the only formats GIF can handle. Then you click "export", then add a comment if you like, and walla - you have a GIF.
    • It's true, it's recursive, and it may reduce the number of "it's not Photoshop" related complaints.
    • Rename the GIMP so that people who aren't already devoted to it might have a clue as to what it does.

      Yeah, can you picture a world in which people went around giving programs stupid names like Kazaa, Napster, and Firefox. And naming websites Google or Yahoo! Fortunately that hasn't happened.

      The GIMP's name is suboptimal, but if eDonkey can succeed, clearly an embarassing name isn't a fatal flaw. The GIMP has more serious problems holding it back from widespread adoptation. People doing Serious Work

    • If the Open Source programs had more recognizable names, they would have more traction.

      If pigs had wings, they could fly. What's your point? Who are you to define the goal for the open-source movement that it's mission in life is to have more traction? How many Open Source contributions have we seen from you, anyway? Maybe open source is different. Maybe it got here in the first place through being different. Maybe if it was all marketing and no substance, it wouldn't be as good as it is. Perhaps, since t

  • Pretty, but... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Oscar_Wilde (170568) on Friday December 30, 2005 @07:22AM (#14363791) Homepage
    The new splash screen image looks very nice but I wish it wasn't there at all. Am I the only person who finds splash screens irritating?
     
    At least it is less annoying with a program like the GIMP. It's almost unbearable when programs that are convenient to have automatically started upon login flash their pointless splash screens around right when I want to start working on other stuff (Skype, I'm looking at you).
  • by jonr (1130) on Friday December 30, 2005 @07:32AM (#14363814) Homepage Journal
    Another splash screen? We need that just as much as we need sarcasm detector.
    Give me adjustment layers. I'm hooked on those in photoshop. Levels, curves, colour, contrast etc...
  • I like the background dial image, but does anyone else think the type looks ugly? It doesn't really blend in with the background very well, IMO.
  • by Scratch-O-Matic (245992) on Friday December 30, 2005 @08:02AM (#14363869)
    I was hoping to see a splash screen that said, "Now Featuring 16-bit Color!"
  • ...having a GIMP 10th Anniversary Interface Redesign Contest?
  • OH GOD IT BURNS (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Xyde (415798) <<slashdot> <at> <purrrr.net>> on Friday December 30, 2005 @12:49PM (#14365274)
    Wow, could it be any uglier? Let's see, blatant overuse of dropshadows - tick, shadows all from different light sources and directions - tick, minor versions numbers in large lettering on the top requiring a new splash screen for every damn update - tick, really ugly antialiasing on the gimp logo - tick, not to mention all the other issues everyone has already pointed out. And let's not go into the size of it, what is it with some programs acting like they're the only thing you'll ever run on your computer?

    I'm not surprised this won, it's par for the course really.
  • by iBod (534920) on Friday December 30, 2005 @12:57PM (#14365331)
    GIMP is what happens when...

    A bunch of geeks think they know something about graphic design and decide to make a program that will fullfill graphics designers' needs.

    It's butt ugly, non-functional, un-intuative, mega-slow, feature-poor and generally crappy.

    Flame away slash(b|d)otters, but I mean it, really.

    GIMP is teh sucks!
    • A bunch of geeks think they know something about graphic design and decide to make a program that will fullfill graphics designers' needs.

      Well, with what program did this happen? Because the Gimp, as is the case with all Open Source, was started when a bunch of geeks though they knew something about graphic design and decided to make a program that would fulfill THEIR NEEDS. Then somebody got curious and said, "Whatcha got there?" and we said, "It's nothing, really, just a hobby project I like to tinker w

  • not Wilbur.
  • Names matter (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Voix des Airs (726022) <[moc.liamg] [ta] [sriasedxiov]> on Friday December 30, 2005 @01:17PM (#14365466)

    I know that this has been said over and over, but names mater - and GIMP puts people off. Strongly. I don't know why geeks don't get this. I have worked on products where the marketing teem has spent, literally, millions of dollars in market research and consulting fees to come up with a product name. This happens all the time. Product names evoke images/moods/whatever in potential users. A bad name can tarnish a product, even an excellent product... sometimes fatally. The name is actually attached to the product in users' minds just like th UI. It really matters.

    Contrary to the previous Slashdot stroy, the name need not be descriptive to be effective (e.g. Firefox is a good name), but it doesn't hurt (Photoshop). The name should make people feel good about the product, and feel good about using the product - if it makes them feel uncomfortable, or worse, creepy, they aren't going to use it. They just aren't. They will actually avoid it. Clever, geeky, inside joke names rarely work. You and I may know what GIMP stands for (but is GNU Image Manipulation Program really much better?) but the rest of the world doesn't... and they probably do have some sense about "gimp" - and it's bad.

    Geeks: please, please, think more about product names. If you want to move beyond just other geeks (in the case of GIMP photographers and graphic designers) you have to come up with names (and logos/splash screens) that appeal to more than just other geeks. You simply have to accept the fact that what geeks think is cool is not necessarily what the rest of the (potential) user community does. And these people are not "lusers" for not "getting it."

    • I have worked on products where the marketing teem has spent, literally, millions of dollars in market research and consulting fees to come up with a product name. This happens all the time.

      Open Source is done by people working for free. Not "millions of dollars", but free. And it's given away for free. Not "millions of dollars", but free. And you get it by visiting the site and downloading it. Open Source doesn't spam your inbox, interrupt the Superbowl with a commercial for it, post billboards over your

  • take out the out-of-style hovering lettering at the top ("the gimp 2.2.10"), take out the two rivots over the mascot's head, and put in odometer dials showing the version number, and some "version" label just above that. since the main (annoying) print of "the gimp" was removed, increase the size 1.5 to 2x on the plain "GIMP" that appears in the dial.
  • by Hosiah (849792) on Friday December 30, 2005 @04:41PM (#14366811)
    http://developer.gimp.org/ [gimp.org] Sign up and volunteer! I want to see EVERY SINGLE NAME in here that posted with a flame about the Gimp on the development team and working their asses off to patch in all the improvements they've so generously suggested. I await the products of your labor.

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