[ubuntu-art] using a dark theme

Tiago Souza souzamusic at gmail.com
Fri Nov 16 06:16:36 GMT 2007


Let me make a suggestion (especially for you, kwii):

I really think we should begin to seriously talk about major changes
in the UI look a year before the release that will bring it, and I
think that we should be doing what we are doing right now six months
ago. Well, nobody could see all these problems coming, so it's natural
that right now we have a very little time scale to do all the things
we want to do - that's nobody fault. But we should learn from our
mistakes, and for the next big change, I STRONGLY SUGGEST that the UDS
talk really seriously about the major look changes two releases early
- that is, a year before. This also opens the space to the UDS discuss
it two times, one in the beginning and another in the middle of the
process, so that mistakes can be corrected without hurry.

For now, I agree with Who - we probably can't have a dark theme this
time around and have the polish an LTS release needs. This is our
oportunitty to make things right (IMHO!) and put Ubuntu in the top
with a beautiful new look - if we don't do that REALLY well, I think
it could be a real big problem...

T.

On Nov 15, 2007 11:11 PM, Who <mailforwho at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Just a note: I think we should probably be filing upstream bugs about
> apps that don't work properly with dark themes (providing new
> art/solutions, if we can... we are an art team - after all!)
>
> While it is unlikely to result in a fix soon, it might mean that a
> year or so down the track a user wanting to have a dark theme doesn't
> have nearly as many barriers to contend with :)
>
> So, I agree - we probably can't have a dark theme this time around and
> also have the level of polish an LTS release needs.
>
>
>
>
> On Nov 16, 2007 1:33 AM, Tiago Souza <souzamusic at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Another problem: try to play Mines with a dark theme. It's nearly impossible...
> >
> > T.
> >
> >
> > On Nov 15, 2007 5:59 PM, tonic <ghatanothoa at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > I often wish we could have two colourings for controls. One dark one for
> > > controls out of focus and light colours for the active window. There is
> > > a compiz plugin can fake this but actual correct colouring would be
> > > better.
> > >
> > > For example using the ADD Helper plugin I currently have non-focused
> > > windows darkened 10%, and de-saturated 50%.
> > >
> > > tonic
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Thu, 2007-11-15 at 14:28 -0600, Matthew Nuzum wrote:
> > > > I've been experimenting with using dark themes. I've tried the Ubuntu
> > > > Studio theme, which looks very shiny, and I've tried a customized
> > > > theme which looks like this:
> > > > http://code.bearfruit.org/~matt/MattsDesktop.jpg I used my customized
> > > > theme for two weeks, I've been using Ubuntu Studio for about two
> > > > hours.
> > > >
> > > > Number one problem with the two themes I've used is the lack of
> > > > contrast in icons, and especially text.
> > > >
> > > > Number two problem is that a lot of contrast between the window (white
> > > > web pages, etc) and the chrome around the window or on adjacent
> > > > windows makes it difficult to re-focus your eyes when switching tasks
> > > > or applications.
> > > >
> > > > Number three problem is that some programs make poor assumptions about
> > > > the background colors of some of the widgets. For example, the url
> > > > drop-down list in firefox or the auto-complete dropdowns that show up
> > > > below firefox's form fields. These appear to be black text on
> > > > dark-dark grey and are nearly unreadable.
> > > >
> > > > These things will need to be addressed with care.
> > > >
> > > > That being said:
> > > >  * The transparency of inactive windows in the ubuntu studio theme is
> > > > beautiful. I'm personally getting tired of glossyness, but the ubuntu
> > > > studio theme's dark gloss could support transparency even on the
> > > > active window.
> > > >  * The Orange and grey theme I've been using has turned a lot of
> > > > heads. Like the Apple doc, it's long-term usability is questionable
> > > > (since the lighter grey affords less contrast) but it sure does
> > > > attract eyeballs.
> > > >
> > > > --
> > > > Matthew Nuzum
> > > > newz2000 on freenode
> > >
> > >
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