I also think we should look what people also outside from Fedora would and also should think if they see the theme ( goal of theme). My first look was into wikipedia (as maybe many Users out there who did not know history well). And maybe some of them get also confused by the very much meanings around there.
But thats just some ideas we can think deeper. I also had the Logo of my old University (see http://www.tu-darmstadt.de/ ) in mind as I saw http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantine_I . and I did not know if this is good, but I think many students would look into a Distribution wich looks pretty much like the logo of their university...

Then I think nicu's mosaic idea sounds good and I suggest that we could port this "old" mosaic style and "improve" it to a modern style. Maybe some blue-metalic-rendering thingy (I just let this idea flow around your heads ;-) ).
Also I had the the "Lion" we had in Fedora11 in my head and now maybe another animal ... do we want the same theming or something new?
The Lion has a bit of an aggressive meaning, Constantine is en emperor (also a bit aggressive) do we want the same way or make something smoother?
Questions over questions, but maybe some flowing ideas came out... just brainstorming a bit...

So: what should be our intention and in wich direction should THEN be the theming?

mit freundlichen Grüßen / best regards
Henrik Heigl - wonderer@fedoraproject.org

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Joost Elfering schrieb:
although the idea is good and they have some things we could work on I think we need to take a step back before coming up with results and examples.

i suggest we first take a look at the associations with Constantine. these associations will be the bases for out new style. so no examples, just conceptual works. is that a good idea to approach it?

my associations are:
- roman emperor
-- roman architechture
-- roman mosaic's

- Constantinople (Istanbul)
-- east meets west
-- byzantine architecture

with the name Constantine come association that have to do with religion. I do get the idea that we should avoid the religious themes a bit. But this theme is really heavily based on religion on it's own. We will probably have some angry faces just because of the name. keeping out religion on this one will be really hard!

I think we should set up some boundaries on where we can go and where we can't. for example: Istanbul can be shown by the architecture in the city. This will always include some religious architecture, can we show this? can we give hints about his connection to Christianity? where is the border?

yope out.

On Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 12:24 PM, nicu buculei <nicu_fedora@nicubunu.ro> wrote:
I am sure you are all already aware, the announcement is official since
yesterday when Paul delivered in in front of the FUDCon audience, the
release name for Fedora 12 was voted Constantine.

When I think about it, I had in my mind Byzantine culture (Roman emperor
Constantine the Great) and I think a graphic in the style of a Byzantine
mosaic can be an effective approach. The major trick is to leave out any
religious implications and stay only with cultural references.

Think of something like
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gauiscaecilius/2139332420/ but with some
modernist imagery and some blue.

It also  can work like this
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gauiscaecilius/2140942774/ with the symbols
for our 4 foundations.

Get a better idea from those photos:

I talked about this yesterday evening (night) with Mo and Paul and today
with Samuele (FUDCon is awesome for such things) and it seems the idea
hs some potential.
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