[openbeos-cdt] Re: We're almost there

  • From: Nathan Callender <nathan_callender@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos-cdt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 05:28:43 -0700 (PDT)


Thanks for getting back to us.  However, during this
time that we haven't been doing much, I have started a
proramming project (for the BeOS, of course) and am
not left with much time.  I believe that the project I
am working on now better suits my abilities (since I
am really a programmer) so I will be sticking with
that.  (BTW, I have started working on a small, fast,
easy to use video editor/compositor since the
community doesn't have one yet.  The website will be
up sometime next week, so please visit it at

However, if you are ever in need of a photographer on
the CDT, please let me know since I also do that.  A
website of my work can be found at

Best of luck,

--- Stuart McCoy <stubear@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I posted this on the forum but received only two
> replies.  Therefore I'm
> hoping this mailing list will catch a few more
> people still interested on
> working in this group.  The only difference between
> the forum post and this
> one is the date I want replies by.
> Stuart McCoy
> mailto:stubear@xxxxxxxxx
> http://www.meltingcrayons.com/stubear
> ---------------------------
> Before I get to the announcement I want to establish
> a few things before
> this group moves forward. I realize that there a lot
> of people who want to
> help work on this project. I also realize that many
> of you have little or no
> experience on design projects. As much as I'd like
> to let everyone get
> involved, I need to ensure the integrity of this
> project remains intact by
> setting some guidelines and expectations.
> For icons, logos and sound teams I want to ensure
> that the people working in
> these teams know what they are doing. Icon design is
> a very precise art and
> to maintain a consistent look and feel with
> applications, the GUI and each
> other require a fair amount of skill. I plan to
> invite some icon creators to
> submit some work for consideration once we have a
> name. Guidelines will be
> set per project (i.e. icons will be 16x16, 32x32 and
> have 256 color and
> 32-bit color versions of each size.) Once you find
> out what group you will
> be working in you will get a list of guidelines and
> more specific
> expectations for the final pieces.
> I'm fairly critical of sound design because of my
> background in audio
> engineering (I have a BS in Recording Industry
> Management: Production and
> Technology). I think Claudius has made some headway
> in this area but I'd
> like to see this kicked up a few notches. The space
> sounds were a start in
> the right direction.
> Logos are my passion. As a graphic designer (MFA in
> Graphic Design) I tend
> to enjoy working on these projects the most because
> I like the challenge of
> creating visual puns. This is one of the most
> important design elements this
> group will create because it will establish the OS
> brand with the community
> and eventually, hopefully, a larger audience outside
> the immediate BeOS user
> community. I'm sure web sites like OS News and
> Slashdot will be overly
> critical of whatever we do so the less of a reason
> to be this way, the
> better.
> That being said, I want to make sure that everyone
> is working on projects
> they are capable of working on. The programming
> teams don't want
> inexperienced hackers working on the Kernel. I don't
> want inexperienced
> people designing icons and logos. You are more than
> welcome to comment and I
> find some comments from non-designers to be quite
> helpful. They often see
> things in a completely different way.
> I can't promise anything but I know there is a
> discussion about how much
> user customization will be allowed and to what
> extent this will affect the
> UI. I'm personally hoping for something akin to the
> MacOS 9 Appearance
> engine and icon customization. What this means is
> you will have more than
> enough of an opportunity to show your work off to
> the community through
> sites like DeviantArt or those of your own making.
> Keep in mind that this
> will be the default appearance that we are
> designing. What the user sees
> when they boot up the OS should be as professional
> looking as possible. I
> don't think we need to go down the path of KDE and
> Gnome.
> I would like everyone still interested in working on
> this project to send me
> an e-mail, mailto:stubear@xxxxxxxxx, with a website
> showing off your work
> and a list of groups you would prefer to work in.
> Please do this by the
> middle of this coming week, Wednesday or Thursday at
> the latest. After that
> consideration for this particular project will only
> depend on the replies
> and how much I think I can complete myself.  If you
> don't have a website
> with work to show it will be difficult for me to
> determine what your
> abilities are and how to best put your efforts to
> good use. I'm not going to
> promise anything concerning group assignments but I
> will try to accommodate
> everyone based on your abilities and what's needed.
> If you are interested in
> working on the project identity system then I will
> let you know if you are a
> part of the group and you will be given a project to
> work on immediately,
> the details of which I'll send along with the
> e-mail. For the rest, it's
> concerning the new OS name but that's all I'm going
> to say for now.


Nathan Callender           nathan_callender@xxxxxxxxx

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