Average Book Covers and a New (official) GIMP Website (maybe)


A little while back I had a big streak of averaging anything I could get my hands on. I am still working on a couple of larger averaging projects (here's a small sneak peek - guess the movie?):








I'm trying out visualizing a movie by mean averaging all of the cuts. Turns out movies have way more than I thought - so it might be a while until I finish this one... :)

On the other hand, here's something neat that is recently finished...

JungleBook: Simple Kindle Ebook Cover Analysis


Jason van Gumster just posted this morning about a neat project he'd been toying with that is along similar lines of the Netflix Top 50 Covers by Genre, but takes it to a deeper level. He's written code to average the top 50 ebook covers on Amazon by genre:

Top 50 Kindle Covers by Jason van Gumster

By itself this is really pretty (to me - not sure if anyone else likes these things as much as I do) but Jason takes it further by providing some analysis and commentary on the resulting images in the context of ebook sales and popularity (visually) to people.

I highly recommend you visit Jason's post and read the whole post (it's not too long). It's really neat!


The GIMP Website


I had this note on my to-do list for ages to tinker with the GIMP website. I finally got off my butt and started a couple of weeks ago. I did a quick mockup to get a feel for the overall direction I wanted to head:


I've been hacking at it for a couple of weeks now and I kind of like how it's turning out. I'm still in the process of migrating old site content and making sure that legacy URI's aren't going to change. It may end up being a new site for GIMP. It also may not, so please don't hold your breath... :)

Here's where I am at the moment for a front page:


Yes, that image is a link. The link will lead you to the page as I build it: http://static.gimp.org. See? It's like a prize for people who bother to read to the end! Feel free to hit me up with ideas or if you want to donate any artwork for the new page while I build it. I can't promise that I'll use anything anyone sends me, but if I do I will be sure to properly attribute! (Please consider a permissive license if you decide to send me something).

2 comments:

  1. The, hopefully, new GIMP website looks more inviting than the current one (sorry ...) Makes you want to explore the content and open potential new users mind to the possibilities with GIMP.
    Personally I think it can/will attract more users.

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  2. Aye. Though I think the main problem with the Gimp website is that it doesn't get a lot of updates. The last one was on June 4. That's ages ago!

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