There is no lack of work available for someone with artistic & design skills in GNOME. When I first tried to contribute to GNOME as an artist, I struggled a bit trying to figure out where and how I could help. I would like to give you the sort of overview I wish I had when I first tried to get started as a GNOME contributor. My goal is for you to walk away with a clear picture of things you could do to contribute to GNOME as an artist and a good idea of how to get started.
These are adjectives that I think many folks in the GNOME community would like to be associated with GNOME. The GNOME brand has not always been consistent though. With better documentation and organization of assets, it will make it easier for us to enable our brand to broadcast the ideas that are most important to GNOME.
Our logo, the core of our brand, has not changed all that much over the years. The original logo was created by tigert in 1998. It was updated for GNOME 2.0's release by Jimmac in 2002. I replaced the Microsoft Trebuchet logotype in 2006 with a hand-tweaked version of Bitstream Vera Sans. The logo is obviously important to be aware of for any artist/designer contributors.
Good examples / bad examples of logo usage. Clear visual indication of what usages of the logo are acceptable and what are not acceptable. Sublogo coverage – figure out the current list of sublogos we'll need and create the exhaustive set, with sources available in the brand book Palette – what colors should be used in GNOME collateral materials? Define a primary and secondary palette. Consider defining some standard abstract ilustration. Voice – how should GNOME's official materials be written? Stationery – work with the Board to figure out what typical materials they would need for this and design them, making easy-to-use templates
These are some ideas for subrands that third parties could 'certify' against.
These are some examples of themes from art.gnome.org.
The GNOME icon theme is the default icon theme shipped with GNOME. It is a remaking of the original GNOME icon set to follow the Tango Icon guidelines.
How to Contribute to GNOME as an Artist/Designer