Firemonger CD covers
Monday, 11 July 2005
Now that the release of Firefox 1.1 is coming closer, the Firemonger project is preparing the second major release of their CD. The older version was released just after the release of Firefox 1.0 and contained not only Firefox, but also Thunderbird and various plugins, extensions and plugins. The new release will continue in this tradition and will once again contain everything you need to start up with and get the most out of Firefox and Thunderbird.
I created the original Firemonger logo and the original website design, so I was asked to design a CD cover for the new release. The most important requirement was that a volunteer could completely translate the cover to his own language, by using only open-source software. As a graphic designer I am used to work with tools like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator which are neither open-source nor free. So I needed a different solution. Luckily there is fantastic open-source SVG editor called Inkscape and Illustrator can export to SVG format.
The only problem was a difference in the way fonts are interpreted by Inkscape and Illustrator. For example, when Illustrator exports the SVG file it contains the following font definition: font-family:’TraditionellSans-Bold’; while Inkscape expects the font-family:TraditionellSans; font-weight: bold; Luckily this can be solved by opening up the SVG file in a text-editor and performing a simple search-and-replace operation.