Project passion => powerful promotions

August 3, 2007

The other day I wrote about KDE and how its meaning is changing from one of a simple technical definition to something that’s personal.  KDE goes beyond code and toolkits and widgets and source code repositories.  There’s a community and a passion and a spark that you just can’t get from simply buying something off a shelf.  Regardless of whether you’re a user or an active participant, there’s an investment and connection.

So just make sure you share that excitement with others:

Spread the love.

A few notes on the imagery, as this is actually the start of a series:

  • Feedback: Almost a self-fulfilling prophecy, people responded in volumes to the first image.  Thanks for all of the input.
  • Simplicity: Both the text and the visual should be kept straightforward.  No need to overly complicate.
  • Identity: Obviously, the people in the images are meant to be universal.  Whether you’re a young girl in Argentina or a Korean grandfather, whether a Lebanese lesbian or a Portuguese priest, I hope you can both identify with the image, and recognize the diversity in backgrounds and interests within the KDE community.
  • Size: Yes, the original images are much larger.
  • Use: Fair use for the images (I did not take the photos myself) in digital and print work,

10 Responses to “Project passion => powerful promotions”

  1. anon Says:

    So you’re saying everyone who uses KDE is a pawn? Not so good.

  2. Jos Says:

    The first image was great and I get what you’re (hopefully) trying to say with image 2. Yet, it seems too much like worshipping an idol to me. You’re trying to depict a person lecturing behind a pedestal right?

    You could have fooled my, by the way. I thought the images were rendered.

  3. Diederik Says:

    I’m curious about one thing, what will the target audience be? People from the community, or outside? for the last one I feel something is missing, for the first it’s brilliant.

    Again the poster confuses me a little to let me think about it for a moment, which is really good🙂 Like “is that a leader.. but KDE doesn’t have one single leader. er.. oh share, so that guy is telling the rest about KDE”. It’s a message that sticks.

  4. Andreas Says:

    Jos:
    When I saw the image I thought of a technical lecture like at aKademy. The lecturer is special only for the duration of the lecture and everyone is free to ignore him.
    Hooray for equality🙂

  5. Cláudio Gil Says:

    This image is not as clear as the last one although I thing I understood the meaning. Although I would expect most of the audience to be a a slightly different type of pawn.

    One note: initially I didn’t see the pawn over the block. I saw a baby bottle.
    “o_O what the … oh, a preacher”.🙂

  6. Diederik Says:

    I’m curious how the image will look like if the “leader pawn” is not so high elevated above the rest, e.g. only a small plateau (1/7th of the current one). Will it look more like a story teller then?


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  8. Markus Says:

    It would also post the “leader pawn” not so high but only e.g. on a small plateau (as Diederik suggested), as Open Source is not about leaders. People might get this wrong. Right now it looks a bit as if someone is telling others what to do and this conflicts a bit with “KDE is ours”.
    Having said that, I really like the posters, especially the first one was really, really impressive!

  9. Louis Says:

    I join in the concern of others that this one looks a bit worship-ish. I really like the little pawns, and the last one was great. This one bothers me a little bit, though. Keep up the good work. I can’t wait to see the next idea.


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