[GRASS-dev] New splash screen for GRASS GIS 7?

Vincent Bain bain at toraval.fr
Thu Jan 29 07:15:08 PST 2015

Le jeudi 29 janvier 2015 à 09:25 -0500, Vaclav Petras a écrit :
> I'm not a fan of "all lower case sans serif" logos and graphics. I may
> even like it visually but it is current trend which everybody is
> putting everywhere and it started to be boring.

Vaclav, I always try to keep cautiously away from fashions, especially
in graphic design where people do nearly anything and everything...
The use of sans serif typefaces for titles is not exactly something in
the air. Usually typographs have heavy recurse to sans font families in
order to compose titles. Serif families are more suited to what we call
in french "fontes de labeur", i.e. fontfaces that work well in small
characters, are particularly easy to read. On the other hand their
display at large sizes often results in poor quality shapes.
One can argue the fact that I put text lowercase. As I said sooner it is
a matter  usage: our world is surrounded with initials, nearly always
uppercased without caring if it's the right way or not; in french we
distinguish between acronyms and initials, e.g. Unesco must be written
as is, but we must write RATP, and not Ratp nor R.A.T.P...
In a word, I rarely do things just for fun in this field of typography.

I concede we could write "Grass" rather than "grass", but the thing here
was the "G" glyph in the typeface is not a success.

I must admit: to be thourough, I should have proposed a hand-made typo
just for the title "Grass gis", but it's much time consuming.

> For GRASS GIS, I would imagine something more classic like the
> previous proposals. However, this is more a warning.
> For splash6, I would suggest to remove website link, version and
> revision. It is just a clutter. Version and revision could be hard to
> get and link wouldn't be clickable anyway.

I agree, this was just a suggestion (sometimes splash screens are
persistent, you can e.g. pick recently used files, click urls, and so

> Otherwise, I think that splash6 is better than splash5.
> http://grasswiki.osgeo.org/wiki/File:GRASSGIS_splash5.jpg
> http://grasswiki.osgeo.org/wiki/File:GRASSGIS_splash6.jpg

Surely, it looks more straightforward. Do you think we should try, as
Moritz remarked, to fix the low-cut grass appearance.

Thanks again for discussing, I like it much.


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