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[Design Help Wanted] Kmymoney Artwork

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Probably not, because the image is rendered inside a splash widget. We'd have to run some tests, but my guess is the underlying widget cannot be 100% transparent. Better stick to rectangular shapes.


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So I'm really interested in make a animated a splash screen! I made one with a loading counter but I can make one without it (so it can run in loop like a wait cursor). By my searches it will demands a little coding, but I think I can do it if necessary.
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Anyway I made a static version if you guys prefer so. I intend to correct the bills orientation later.
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I like the static one better. They are both really nice, but the animation hits my nerves a little (probably due to speed of it).


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Hahahha, I know. It isn't good to stare a fast gif for a long time. But it'll be played just once in a real situation.
I finished the infinite loop version.
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@lucashappy

I like the idea of the animated screen, but I think the falling coin is a bit too much. Maybe try to just use the animated piggy (which looks lovely btw!).
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Hi everyone.

This thread is great and I couldn't help but get enthusiastic about all the work that's going on and form an opinion of my own.

I'm obviously not an artist but the typography on the logo bugged me until I started seeing the 'M's as lines on a chart. So I did a 5 second concept to accentuate that effect.

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lucashappy wrote:Image

I like how this integrates the hole window. So I do not get the feeling the toolbar is steeling screen space :)

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I like your icon drafts! Just a note; using piggy bank as symbol for investments is probably not understood in all cultures. I am from Europe and here a lot (probably nearly all) people will think of a piggy bank as the most secure investment possible. But in our "investments" tap you mainly organize stocks or other fluctuating stuff — which is always high risk in most minds. So this icon is misleading for me.

Also I think we could wait with the new icons for KMyMoney 5, as there are just new icons which fit to the theme. We can use your icons if plasma next is out and create them so they get integrated into plasma next's theme (preventing double work).

For the future: I am working on online credit-transfers, I could use some icons there as well :)

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Hei Ku wrote:
chris_hd wrote:[…] Just thinking; we could make KMyMoney so fast that the splash screen becomes unnecessary :).

Make it faster and I'll find a new report/calculation that makes the splash screen necessary. This isn't lxde, we use the additional power when we have it available. :D


I was close to write "challenge accepted". But that time consuming reports/calculations should not be done on start-up. So you are in a lost position already ;)

However, I like all splash screen. The animation is probably a bit to much (or without the falling coin?). Can we actually show a progress bar during start-up (I mean do we have a number we could present there)?
But I like that fed piggy bank so much, I will find another great task for it…
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platysquatch wrote:I'm obviously not an artist but the typography on the logo bugged me until I started seeing the 'M's as lines on a chart. So I did a 5 second concept to accentuate that effect.

Hi, thank you! I took the liberty of update your draft with the last improvements that we made in the K letter and put it with the last roundup of suggestions:

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Sogatori wrote:I like the idea of the animated screen, but I think the falling coin is a bit too much.
chris_hd wrote:The animation is probably a bit to much (or without the falling coin?).

Hahhaha, you're right. It's too much. I splitted the animations.
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About the icons we put them in standby since it'll be a lot of work. But your feedback was so constructive! I have not even considered the cultural aspect of it since I usually work with projects with a local scope. It'll be amazing to rethink them with that perspective. As we have contributors all over the world it's a work were the community design shines.
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I liked the piggy bank so much I made a logo idea out of it :)
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Does someone like it?
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Could we start putting stuff together? I really like the animated logos.


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chris_hd wrote:I liked the piggy bank so much I made a logo idea out of it :)
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Does someone like it?


I think it's very cute! I'm personally a big fan of hand-drawn looks, but I assume it was just the draft and the final version would not look hand-drawn anymore
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Very good! How can we resist to cute little mascots? aahhahah. It's a more organic direction and less stern indeed. I had the same doubt of @colormar if the hand draw look is intentional or not. A polished and more straight look could balance the informality of the pig (I think we need some level of formality because is a financial manager).
cristian.onet wrote:Could we start putting stuff together?

Yes! Starting by?
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lucashappy wrote:
cristian.onet wrote:Could we start putting stuff together?

Yes! Starting by?

  • The icon would be straight forward we just need a svg with the popular choice and start using it. KMyMoney also needs a file type icon.
  • The splash screen would need a little work to change the current static version to an animated one. Again we need to decide on one animated version and use it. I would keep all version information out of the image itself to be added dynamically by the application.
  • The home page needs to most work. Currently the homepage is built using a series of string concatenations which is a really bad approach in my opinion. We would need to know what kind of html viewer is needed to render you designs. Would it need scripting or a plain html would be enough? If plain html is used how could the application provide the data (in order to separate data from the way it's rendered)? Is scripting is used I guess the data could be provided using the script environment.

Do you think the above list is OK as a roadmap?


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It's fine for me!

I prefer to start by the home page and let the icon and the splash screen be the last ones to give more time for @chris_hd - if he wants to further develop his proposal- and other community members make late suggestions.

I'm not sure how to deal with data between the C++ and the html environment. I think the home page can be implemented using just plain html and css and we kind of maintain the current approach. But instead of a concatenation of strings, the app could read the .html file and replace identifiers (like "%1"," %2") with the data (It's possible? Or I'm talking nonsense?)

Anyway, I'll implement a static version then we discuss how to better handle the data.
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If you provide the static version, I'll do the coding.
I've made several changes to it over the years, so I should be fine.


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