[ubuntu-art] ubuntu-art Digest, Vol 22, Issue 3

Troy James Sobotka troy.sobotka at gmail.com
Thu Apr 19 21:46:06 BST 2007

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Karoliina Salminen wrote:
> Earthy is very different from where you are coming from. In Finland
> Earthy would be propably green. Forest everywhere.

Agree -- one part of the holy trinity of colour design -- Context (In
what context is the colour presented?), Culture (In what culture is the
colour presented?), and Time (What are the contemporary design trends
surrounding the palette?  Are there any exemplary art pieces / designs
that immediately draw context to a given colour?)

In general, Context will overrule most of the other issues -- red on
body parts / meat versus red on a North American Santa, for example.  I
would hazard a guess that design with some impetus / direction could
direct the tones.

> Anyhow, I would love to see something more stylish and less boring in
> the future in the Ubuntu themes. The current one is not really totally
> bad, it is an acceptable compromise, but by no definition it is cool
> and it does not give much wow-effect for potential new users and for
> me (after using Ubuntu from times of Warty) it is a bit boring, about
> as boring as some old MS Windows-look. If compared to competition though, the
> situation is not much better there currently, most themes in most
> distributions tend to be  boring and very conservative.

Well said.

1) Who is our audience?
2) What are we communicating?

Middle grey doesn't cut it.



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