Hello Onyeibo, thanks for your prompt response.
I have enjoyed reading on the mail list about the design process for
the official CD cover artwork while comparing and contrasting the
design considerations and target audience of this project.
Naturally, "Official" means priority. There is no need for a
comparison. Both are essential and cover different scopes. I
understand the DIY version should serve in the absence of the official
version -- something cheap to keep the Fedora spirit flowing.
Please forgive me however I fail to grasp how glue and scissors are
I was referring to our present solution. We can change that.
If a complex assembly and other supplies were required this would
greatly diminish the usefulness of this sleeve for end users. I hope
that a simple and effective DIY sleeve can be printed anywhere and
folded at a moment's notice. Standard paper is what most people have
in their printers and that's the target for a DIY sleeve. Two
examples are provided that require no glue and scissors and you have
provided alternative folding instructions for one of them which I
As for background colors and large solid colored areas, these
generally take up quite a bit of ink which is a legitimate concern for
some people, especially users at home that resent the high cost of ink
jet refill cartridges. I like the text you have provided which covers
the support issues quite well, directing people to existing resources.
Ok. I'll revisit the design and strip it of fills and gradients. I'd
suggest a Grayscale (monochrome) version that can come off a Laserjet.
That shouldn't raise dampening concerns and maintenance costs.
Thank you for the set of alternative folding instructions. I'll
out this Fujimoto 5-part approximation trial and error method to see
if it works better for me. I know from experience that using the CD
itself as a guide is quite fast, easy and is exactly the right width.
I encourage you to try both of these methods sometime. Both of the
instructions we provided depend on a fold for the pocket that is not
intuitive the first time through but is very easy with a little
practice. I don't see the need to create new instructions when we
have two perfectly good sets of instructions already though something
customized would be nice if time allows.
I meant embedding notes like "crease here" or fold dots within the
design not as a page full of grammar & illustrations. I think we're
saying the same
thing in different ways ... correct me if I'm wrong. I am not insisting
on status-quo ... I buy the origami concept and will adapt the design to
it using the instructions on the other website I provided (i.e. for
fold marks). I was suggesting that we leave the present folding concept
as an alternative for those who might prefer that, especially on glossy
cardboard. Its ok to use the CD as a guide ... but remember we're
providing a design that should appear somewhere after all folds are
done. We need to establish dimensions for consistency.
I look forward to continuing to work on this. I appreciate the
feedback so far and I think the result will be an excellent
alternative for giving Fedora to others. One reason we all might make
use of this sleeve would be to give out Fedora before manufactured CDs
That's what I thought. We have to agree on end user as graphic
impressions have a way of selling the product. The origami site
addressed personal concerns (those who want to carry their CDs with
them). Ours appear to have a different target -- we're giving the
product to a third party, on a temporary jacket (which should be
compelling as well or we're communicating mediocrity without knowing
it). I also considered the context of the Sleeve. It carries the
Community Thing with it ... you know, "....this one comes to you from
your local community". That informs the recipient that a group of
Fedora Users came together to provide his/her copy. All these affect
the psychology of the design.
I appreciate the work you have done so far as they are an excellent
basis for all derived designs.
Regards too ...(hehehe),
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