[ubuntu-art] Random Thoughts on Mail Burst

Julian Oliver julian at selectparks.net
Wed Apr 30 13:57:08 BST 2008

..on or around Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 11:43:19AM +0200, Yann Dìnendal said:
> Hi,
> I thought it was said during the Hardy process that the Intrepid theme would
> be worked on from Hardy to Intrepid (as Hardy theme has not changed a
> lot)... So why don't we continue the work instead of forgetting everything
> that has be done every 6 months ? There have been some wonderful mockups
> proposed, we should work on them !
> Some good concepts :
>    - Gelatin
>    <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Incoming/Hardy/Alternate/gelatin#head-c93bf617109084c9f9c4f0dd1842167cb3fe72f1>
>    - Dark mockup
>    <http://bradwjensen.deviantart.com/art/Ubuntu-Theme-Mockup-Dark-67903127>
>    - Günther Beyer's work :
> here<https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-art/2007-November/004204.html>and
>    here<https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-art/2007-November/004296.html>
>    - Too human
>    <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Incoming/Hardy/Alternate/TooHuman#head-8a4641bf418d9fa0c6e016fb60c84e992fa2bd0f>
>    - 2D panel icons : this
> thread<https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-art/2008-January/005118.html>and
> this
>    one<https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-art/2008-February/005245.html>(where
> are the "2D icons in launchpad" ?)
>    - BasicIdeals
> !<https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Incoming/Hardy/Alternate/BasicIdeals#head-7429cd9f17f5b2bc33153dd22a89ad2eff17b0e0>
>    - Union<https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Incoming/Hardy/Alternate/Union#head-5451daa7f88b46eaca94a24cfb5f869238c575ab>!!
> What do you think ?

ok you asked ;)

of those you posted i think this is the strongest as a design, although
by my understanding it couldn't be implemented as a GTK theme:


while i do like it, i'm not fond of the OS X-ish dock and i think it
would be wise to see this in a few different colour combinations,
probably a lighter version (although i far prefer dark themes). 

perhaps there are a few ideas in there that can be recycled..

Basic Ideals (below) looks far too complex i think. i especially dislike the
button colours:


Union, as it stands, (below) i find a bit too soft and 'faded', as
though it's been left in the sun too long. for this reason it may be
especially difficult to use in strong-light conditions. it also looks
far too dependent on compiz. 

nonetheless - and like it's predecessor above - there are one or two
ideas in there that are interesting (like the window outlines):


Union is influenced by a mockup many people were enthusiastic about. it
was of course far too unrealistic to be actually implemented:


i thought the colour palette worked well, complementing both warm and
cold colours without competition.

one you didn't post, that i thought showed some promise, is:


it's good to see a working brown beyond the 'caramel' many Ubuntu users are
tired of..

for what it's worth, i've been looking for time to get in there and
have a go at directly implementing my own ideas as a GTK theme but am
currently too busy with some upcoming exhibitions. so, here i am again
giving mere opinions rather than actually doing something about it!


julian oliver
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