At the Denver Women's Chorus concert
all the singers wore awareness ribbons
of varying colors. Looking through the program, my thoughts immediately explored the question "What ribbon would I wear if I were in the women's chorus?" My favorite colors are iridescent blue, transparent, and reflective. (I may not be sexually queer, but I've got some pretty queer preferences.) What might a transparent ribbon stand for? Government accountability!
In an energetic mood tonight, I sat down with MacGIMP
and a GNU FDL SVG black ribbon graphic
. After a few hours of tinkering, I came up with a few versions I like, shown below. I'm soliciting reader feedback. Is the text clear? Are there effects I should consider? Do you like the overlay or side text better? Is the icon (above) readable? You can view this in your journal style
instead of mine
if you have a color scheme without a white background. (I tested the text over black, white, and several garish 16-bit colors.)
After I've incorporated feedback, I'll post the .xcf
files, write a few paragraphs about why government transparency is important, and encourage its copyleft spread. Until I've had a chance to give it a first go around, though, I request that you link to this post
rather than the images directly. I'll update this post and make a new one when I feel the ribbon is ready to take flight.