[ubuntu-web] Count down banners needed for 9.04

Matthew Nuzum matthew.nuzum at canonical.com
Thu Feb 26 23:07:06 GMT 2009


If you're wanting to put your creative energy to work to help out
Ubuntu, here's your chance to make a highly visible contribution.

For a few releases now we've launched a "countdown banner" that is
shown on the Ubuntu.com homepage and syndicated to sites across the
net. For 8.10 we finally turned to the community to help out with
this. We had some excellent contributions and chose two from Thorsten
Wilms to make available. (Thanks a bunch thorwil!) See his work at
http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/countdown

How it works is like this:

Users who want to embed the countdown on their page will paste a
single line of javascript. The javascript will write out the HTML
necessary to display the image and the image will be different for
each day starting about 30 days out. So for example, it might be,
"Only 29 days until Ubuntu 9.04 is here!"

In the past this has been a simple PNG image but I'm going to say that
it does not have to be a static image. If you in the community want to
raise the bar by making it a comparably sized iframe that includes
static HTML and interactive javascript I'd be willing to go for it.
But a static PNG works just as well for me. I will take a firm stance
against flash though because I want this to be something that does not
require non-free software to view.

The first few times we did this we offered the community only one
banner. Last time we chose two. I'd love to be in the difficult
situation of having too many choices. I'm really OK with giving a few
excellent options to syndicate.

Most contributors to Ubuntu get the satisfaction of helping out a
project bigger than themselves. However this is a particularly unique
opportunity because your creative work will be seen by millions and
millions and millions of people across the world on many different
websites. Additionally, I heartily believe in giving praise and
recognition to those who help out so I will put a link back to your
blog or portfolio from the Ubuntu countdown page if your work gets
chosen.

Here are the guidelines for contributions:

 * Lets keep the same size as before. It worked great. 180px wide x 150px high.
 * Optimized png, gif or jpg format or, if you're gutsy, a lightweight
iframe containing static HTML (no php etc), javascript and images. No
google anayltics or web bugs, no flash, small download size, only link
will be back to the ubuntu.com website. Animation should not be
perpetual (i.e. stop after a few seconds) and should not annoy people.
If you want to do the iframe thing ping me on IRC or email back to the
list and we can discuss some ideas.
 * There are 32 images needed, days numbered 30 - 1, a "coming soon"
for day 0 and an "it's here" once 9.04 is released
 * It is not needed nor recommended to try to incorporate the release
code name "Jaunty Jackalope" into the design
 * We need to see results soon.

This needs to go LIVE in 30 DAYS. No, I'm not kidding. :-)

That means if you want to participate start drawing up your idea now.
Just sketch up one or two frames and post it to
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Website/JauntyCountdownBanners - then send an
email back to the list letting us know about it and we'll check it
out.

Remember, the goal is to build excitement about the 9.04 release. Are
you excited?

-- 
Matthew Nuzum
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