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Postby Drunken Idaho » 25 Feb 2009 15:47

So... With this return of Arrakeen, I can't help but notice a rather important matter... The only way in which that site is superior to Jacurutu is in appearance. It's much prettier. Now, I'm not saying I like their visual scheme, in fact I think it's pretty lame. Even DamnedNovels looks better than our lame little "phpbb" sign up in the corner. But the way I see it, we're going to see a boom in the online Dune community as more fans take part due to the movie hype. I think we're already seeing lots of newcomers. The question is, what impression are these newcomers going to have of the popular forums out there? I know looks aren't everything, but this is where refining our image might help with PR. Instead of looking gay like Keen, or cliche like DN, I suggest we become the most badass dune site by putting this beauty to work:

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Or, we can use this slight variation I've come up with based on the genius concept by Dunefish:

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I also think it would be ideal to put our mandate on the front page, below whatever logo we end up using. Something to the effect of "The True Dune Community." Nothing too specific, but enough to convince newcomers that this is the place to be.

What do you guys think? I know the Dune font isn't ready, but this could be a good start. I love the image of blood on the sand, since it reminds me of the Jacurutu legends, and it also represents the "attitude of the knife" of which we all subscribe to when it comes to which books are canon.
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Postby Freakzilla » 25 Feb 2009 15:53

Can you do what you're suggesting? Or anyone?

I haven't done anything like that yet because I don't have the time to figure out how.

If anyone can make a theme using one of those banners I will upload it.

I would also like to make use of the font DunefishUK has made for titles of forums and such.
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Postby Mandy » 25 Feb 2009 15:54

That's cool! If you put it on a transparent background it would work for all the skins.
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Postby Drunken Idaho » 25 Feb 2009 16:12

Freakzilla wrote:Can you do what you're suggesting? Or anyone?

I haven't done anything like that yet because I don't have the time to figure out how.

If anyone can make a theme using one of those banners I will upload it.

I would also like to make use of the font DunefishUK has made for titles of forums and such.


Umm, I don't know how to make themes either. I'm more of a designer than a coder. I am able to make a transparent BG version, but it would have to be a GIF image, and it might lose colour definition. There are other image formats that support transparency, but I'm not sure which ones can be displayed in a browser. And thanks Mandy!
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Postby DuneFishUK » 25 Feb 2009 16:28

It's only small and there's not much to my version (which uses flatter colours and fewer of them) so it would work well as a gif. I've only really recently started using Gifs - and they're great for small things :D

The idea I posted in t'other thread was pretty much what Mandy says - update the logo pics for all the existing themes. They're just files and it's dead easy to ftp updated versions into the theme directories.

eg for the brown theme that I use:
http://www.jacurutu.com/templates/DesertStorm/images/logo_phpBB.gif wrote:Image

get's replaced with:
http://www.jacurutu.com/templates/DesertStorm/images/logo_phpBB.gif wrote:Image

Or something like it. Making it a bit customised allows for the different sized graphics in the different themes (some might be jobs too)

(That's the limit of my theme building knowledge btw :P )

Hopefully the font (version 1.0 at least) should be up tonight, all things permitting. :)

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Postby Freakzilla » 25 Feb 2009 16:51

I may have to ask my wife to do it, but I won't see her again for like a week until she's done.

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Postby SandChigger » 26 Feb 2009 04:09

Anyone interested in working on themes contact me by PM. :wink:

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Postby Seraphan » 26 Feb 2009 10:41

To Drunken Idaho: Totally agree with you. I think "The Free Dune Community" is better.

To DuneFishUK: If you could add "member" to that banner it would look great as a sig to use here and other forums.
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Postby Drunken Idaho » 26 Feb 2009 14:50

Here's a PNG file with both transparency and full colour. I added the drop shadow and bevel so that it would stand out against pale backgrounds...

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I encourage people to look at this page with the different themes we already have available, to see how it looks.
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Postby Freakzilla » 26 Feb 2009 16:28

Drunken Idaho wrote:Here's a PNG file with both transparency and full colour. I added the drop shadow and bevel so that it would stand out against pale backgrounds...

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I encourage people to look at this page with the different themes we already have available, to see how it looks.


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Postby DuneFishUK » 26 Feb 2009 16:38

Niiice one Drunken :D

I hadn't thought of doing the shadow thing - was cocking about with changing the colours instead. But that killed the sand thing. I like pngs now :P

Quick cock-about:
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Postby Drunken Idaho » 26 Feb 2009 16:42

DuneFishUK wrote:Niiice one Drunken :D

I hadn't thought of doing the shadow thing - was cocking about with changing the colours instead. But that killed the sand thing. I like pngs now :P

Quick cock-about:
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That's badass!
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Postby Seraphan » 26 Feb 2009 17:32

Oh this keeps getting better and better!
DuneFishUK wrote:Niiice one Drunken :D

I hadn't thought of doing the shadow thing - was cocking about with changing the colours instead. But that killed the sand thing. I like pngs now :P

Quick cock-about:
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Except it's "complete" not "compete" :P
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Postby DuneFishUK » 26 Feb 2009 17:38

Seraphan wrote:Except it's "complete" not "compete" :P


Fuckin' moaners. :P

Fix'd. Refesh it.

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Postby Tleszer » 26 Feb 2009 17:58

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Sweet! Great job!
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Postby inhuien » 27 Feb 2009 06:04

DuneFishUK wrote:Image

That's nice. Have you considered that the time for each slide is a little short, perhaps a few more seconds would allow for easier reading and lend the gif more gravitas.
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Postby DuneFishUK » 27 Feb 2009 14:07

inhuien wrote:
DuneFishUK wrote:Image

That's nice. Have you considered that the time for each slide is a little short, perhaps a few more seconds would allow for easier reading and lend the gif more gravitas.


Bladdy hell - can't do anything right :roll:

I think you're right though :wink: Refresh it.

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Postby inhuien » 28 Feb 2009 05:38

DuneFishUK wrote:
inhuien wrote:
DuneFishUK wrote:Image

That's nice. Have you considered that the time for each slide is a little short, perhaps a few more seconds would allow for easier reading and lend the gif more gravitas.


Bladdy hell - can't do anything right :roll:

I think you're right though :wink: Refresh it.

Man I'm sorry, I really tried to word that comment so as to be constructive and not prickish. My only motivation was to assist you in placing a well deserved cherry on your most superlative cake. :)
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Postby ARCH » 01 Mar 2009 14:01

it's fine but the letters are tiny.

will it be too much effort to make them a bit larger(the arrakeen part)
btw. why do we need to mention arrakeen in a jacurutu add.

I mean, Jacurutu in the books are such a cool tribe to present and since this forum is called after them there are tons of ways of presenting this community.

I'm afraid that refering to bad blood wont attract the future generations who had no bad interactions with either of staff of former arrakeen
and it will only help Sietch Tabr.
Why isn't anyone using something new to promote this community?
You're gonna turn as all in grudge holders and hate bashers by refering to Arrakeen.
I think the add will hold more meaning if you stick to the books and leave wool gathering to Sandchigger.
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New life finds its way.
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They bring new life
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A separation from that seeing
Which death makes whole."
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Postby DuneFishUK » 01 Mar 2009 14:27

Was joking inhuien - C&C is always welcome: Thanks for helping make it better :)

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-- "Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan

Straight out of Dune.

IIRC my Arrakeen post count by the end was 0 - I don't really give a toss about all that stuff. :P

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Postby ARCH » 01 Mar 2009 14:39

DuneFishUK wrote:Was joking inhuien - C&C is always welcome: Thanks for helping make it better :)

Arrakis teaches the attitude of the knife -- chopping off what's incomplete and saying: "Now, it's complete because it's ended here."
-- "Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan

Straight out of Dune.

IIRC my Arrakeen post count by the end was 0 - I don't really give a toss about all that stuff. :P


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
then it's an unbelievable good idea
(you've got me with the quote, these arraken bashing posts lately have totally made me insane, a minute more and i would have a blood bath :lol: )

but you stilll need to make the letters a bit larger.
Can you do that?
The sentence would have more impact.
" Nature beauteous form

Contains a lovely essence

Called by some- decay

By this lovely presence

New life finds its way.

Tears shed silently

Are but water of soul

They bring new life

To the pain of being--

A separation from that seeing

Which death makes whole."

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omnia mea mecum porto.


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