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Our approach to wallpapers since Ken stopped doing them was either keeping the current one or throwing a way-too-late contest depending on our current mood. So let's change that - let's discuss properly how we should handle wallpapers.

On one hand, I think that both contests worked really well overall. They had more than 150 and 80 total submission, and at least 5/6 absolutely great wallpapers each. That said, I think it is not necessary to do a contest for each wallpaper but we can pick some good ones from both and do a new contest when we are out of wallpapers. Also, in both cases judges decided for a wallpaper that kept the overall look and feel of the wallpapers - also something that should be considered when picking them.

So, here's some good wallpapers that maintains the Plasma 5 style - feel free to add to this list:

Crystalline:


Grand Canyon:

Vera:

Beach:

Flow (light version):

Flow (darker version):

Altai:

Milky Way:

Rainy Morning:

Slant:

Kay:

There's some great selection. How many versions do we roughly have until Plasma 6? Do we want to change the style? Do we want to throw a Plasma 6 contest?

Is there anybody who wants to work for plasma wallpapers, e.g.: previous winners Santiago and Nikita?

ngraham updated the task description. (Show Details)Feb 19 2020, 7:00 PM
ngraham updated the task description. (Show Details)

Looking at the schedule (https://community.kde.org/Schedules/Plasma_5), I see 5.19 due in June and 5.20 in October. As far as I am aware, Qt 6 is planned for November, and the release page mentions the last Plasma 5 LTS at the same time as the first Plasma 6 release. All together, that means that we will probably still have at least 3, more likely 4 or 5 Plasma 5 releases. If we continue updating the wallpaper with every second release, we would probably need 2 wallpapers for the Plasma 5 cycle.

Personally, I think the selection you are showing offers some real gems, and I don't consider another wallpaper contest to be necessary for these remaining two wallpapers.

I for one would be in favor of mixing up the style a bit for Plasma 6. The current style looks good, but major releases like Plasma 6.0 don't happen too often at all, and are a great point in time to make more fundamental design decisions which involve the wallpaper style as well. Making a contest for that could work well from a Promo standpoint as well.

Since the amount of good wallpapers we have, I think it would be a good idea to change it every version, for promotion purposes as well. New wallpapers get quite a bit of attention. +1 for changing 6 style with a contest - we might want get a big jury and lot of time for submission for that one.

Since the amount of good wallpapers we have, I think it would be a good idea to change it every version, for promotion purposes as well. New wallpapers get quite a bit of attention. +1 for changing 6 style with a contest - we might want get a big jury and lot of time for submission for that one.

I agree with all of that.

If we use some of these other wallpapers for future Plasma 5 releases, should we do anything for their authors? I know that by the letter of the contest rules they're not owed anything, but it might be nice to send something their way anyway as an acknowledgement of their fantastic work. Otherwise it could feel kind of bittersweet to submit an amazing entry, lose the contest, and get your work used later anyway with no prize.

mart added a subscriber: mart.Feb 20 2020, 3:27 PM

since there are many good wallpapers there, iff, those will be the ones used in the new releases i retire my reservation of changing it every release.

Even tough is a whole another topic, a big -100 for changing the whole style for 6 with a contest. It should not be a big departure and a concerted effort: to properly implement a style of everything, *years* of work are needed. (and then some things like the qstyle there are like 2-3 people capable doing it, so that pretty much chains to incremental improvements)

mart added a comment.Feb 20 2020, 3:28 PM

especially Vera, Flow light, Milky way and Kay are gooorgeous

In T12724#221366, @mart wrote:

Even tough is a whole another topic, a big -100 for changing the whole style for 6 with a contest. It should not be a big departure and a concerted effort: to properly implement a style of everything, *years* of work are needed. (and then some things like the qstyle there are like 2-3 people capable doing it, so that pretty much chains to incremental improvements)

With style, I meant wallpaper style, not everything's style :-)

For non-controversial, in-style and nice wallpapers, I'd use Crystaline for .19 and Vera for .20.

Those two are finalists, so they did get a package of goodies. Not great, but better than nothing.

ognarb added a subscriber: ognarb.Feb 20 2020, 7:49 PM

I don't think we need a new contest for wallpaper, an implicit goal for the contests was to get new contributors on board. Either we succeeded and have now new contributor who can create wallpapers for us when our pool of Plasma wallpapers is empty or we failed at this task and I don't think a new wallpaper contest will resolve things long term.

For non-controversial, in-style and nice wallpapers, I'd use Crystaline for .19 and Vera for .20.

Those two are finalists, so they did get a package of goodies. Not great, but better than nothing.

Heh, those are some of my least favorite ones. They both look kind of like knock-offs of Ice Cold IMO.

I would go for Altai, Milky Way, Kay, or Rainy Morning.

I don't think we need a new contest for wallpaper, an implicit goal for the contests was to get new contributors on board. Either we succeeded and have now new contributor who can create wallpapers for us when our pool of Plasma wallpapers is empty or we failed at this task and I don't think a new wallpaper contest will resolve things long term.

I agree with this regarding the point releases, but keep in mind that A) a contest is also a great way to get user interest and advertisement regarding the new version, so it could make sense from a promotion point of view B) although we can get wallpapers from our current contributors, the amount of submission in a contest generally results in a better wallpaper - you can see it with the last contest: we could have just used Vera, but with the contest we got a better option. It is especially important to get the best wallpaper we can get on a big release, in my opinion C) this is even more important if we consider that's the first time we'd like to actually change wallpaper style; we have contributors that are able to do the current style, but a Plasma 6 contest would see who is able to create a new style that can become a Plasma 6 branding element

Heh, those are some of my least favorite ones. They both look kind of like knock-offs of Ice Cold IMO.

I would go for Altai, Milky Way, Kay, or Rainy Morning.

I think we should maintain the Plasma 5 kind of style for the last versions, and I personally feel like these wallpapers do not really fit with the previous ones. Elements I look for generally are:

  • Repeated pattern of triangles
  • Slightly abstract, but representing a 3D scene
  • Generally represent nature
  • Point of view from top to bottom, sky is not visible

All these elements, imo, are present in Volna (beach), Ice Cold (antartica), Opal, Cascade, Canopée, Kokkini (it's a beach), Cluster (those were originally clouds). Before 5.10, the style is a bit more astract.