[ubuntu-art] Community Theme

Ravi Shanker ra21vi at gmail.com
Mon Apr 30 20:43:31 BST 2007

This is in response to the 

I was too looking this to happen. I didn't know there are less people in
the artwork community.
Anyway, before we proceed, we need to put some time discussing about the
current available theme on Gnome and other OS, what they represent, how
they are good, and also which of them are better than other and why.
This would probably lead us to know human feeling and reactions about
the themes. We should not ignore what currently is available, they lead
to better judgement and production.

Right now Ubuntu looks very general, Fedora is working on better than
best, but no steps taken to break the limit on Ubuntu.

DOnt forget to work on mouse cursor theme too, look at MacOSx mouse thme
and also Redhat BlueCurve mouse theme, they are beautiful.

One thing I would like to say (please dont flame :))
Tango is a good icon theme, but when I look at it, why doesnt it attract
much, I came to the point that it totally lacks sharpness. In my
designing time (though i am not a good and professional designer), I
learn that sharpness gets more attraction, sharp edges are better with
auto contrast they produce. Even a dull color but in sharp mode creates
better visualisation than colorful less sharp objects. Try it working
(take a pic blur the region around a small portion and then look at it
in fullscreen, your eyes automtically attaches to sharp objects and

Current MacOSX and Vista has some sharpness in theme, (though vista
lacks it in Folder views).

So, the keywords in neXt theme production should be: 
	*Real Space Objects (3d Feel)

When we look at desktop, it should be in real sense. A desktop table,
with light at a point, papers and objects on the table, shadows due to
light above, minute details in the object to make it little more
realistic, better contrast to figure the defference among objects and
environment, sharp edges and corners.
Look at the real desktop, and you can imagine it. Now, what about clean.
My perception is that, a clean desktop and theme is more used (and used
for more time than others in hands of those theme changing humans) than
over modern and bright, glossy and very colorful themes(where color
seems to pour out anytime).
Real space objects are those which gives the sense of universal light,
depth, space and 3d. It can be created using the consistent shadows,
shines, perspective draws etc.

Let me know what you think. We should also fix time over IRC to meet at

cheers (I need to run now, need study, tomorrow is my exam)

On Mon, 2007-04-30 at 23:43 +0800, nothlit wrote:
> I read the proposal of a community theme that all of us can contribute
> to,
> ( https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-art/2007-April/003858.html ) and I think its a good idea. It'll be great to see what the community can do on our own, with our own concepts, etc. The goal is to create a complete community theme, that we can at least get into universe, and perhaps as an alternative. The plan is to target Gutsy, but we could target the next LTS release instead. Remember, that such an encompassing project can be broken up into small manageable bits, that we could all contribute to, little by little. Lets see how this evolves as we go on :) 
> I've created a wiki page--where we can start defining our direction,
> and contributing concepts, etc.
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Incoming/CommunityTheme
> We need people to express interest to get this going, so please,
> express your thoughts and contribute to the wiki!
> As an aside: My favorite earthy tone is that of rich red clay/mud.

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