[ubuntu-art] [Ubuntu-Art] Hardy GTK theme
Troy James Sobotka
troy.sobotka at gmail.com
Wed Nov 7 05:14:33 GMT 2007
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Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen wrote:
Another problem with dark themes is a purely technical one. I've done a
handful dark themes myself, but they always end up with small glitches
here and there because not all apps are designed to respect the theme
100% This makes for a bit of an amateurish feel in the long run. That is
not acceptable for Hardy.
I always seem to find myself in agreement with Mikkel's observations
- - From the flurry of 'gtk' observations:
1) Dark themes always break, as per Mikkel's observations. It was a
weak point on Ubuntu Studio's theme, and would probably be a crook
in this one. In particular, until the panel theme gtkrc issue is
resolved, there will almost always be some strange icon residue
at the very least.
2) The heavy Crayola outlining of all buttons / tabs / etc. is
completely counter any notion of elegance or grace. It is perhaps
the weakest element of Tango, and it simply makes work look
bold and clunky. Assuming a general audience, we can assume that
they can find a button with a fine line. Please let the caustic
outlines of Clearlooks / Tango / et al die. It is just weak.
3) The radius of Patel's buttons is a lovely compliment of both
subtlety and other features is wonderful. The subtlety of the
linework is something to aim for. Even the buttons could use
some lightening on the lines. Metacity 2.0 can even do the windows
to a similar radii, but the antialiasing makes it rather clunky
looking. We would need to resolve this to go with that lovely
radius on the windows.
4) The uniform Metacity to GTK Patel window is top shelf, even if a bit
OSX. Another +1 from me.
5) I dare say that I disagree with the esteemed MacSlow on the point of
differing radii on the various controls. Contrast is a wonderful
thing. And god knows we have lived long enough in the monochromatic
6) Glossy is done like dinner. It is completely mooky to keep following
that path, as it was way back in Edgy.
7) Another +1 to Ken for citing that polling people is pretty useless
in the context that the people you are polling are already using
Ubuntu. Further, one can only guess what an elephant would look
like if designed by polling (or some HIG for that matter).
8) Forest through the trees. Remember that the GTK is one component
of the entire presentation. Perhaps we should be considering the
other elements that are playing in that symphony?
Back to the grinder...
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