[ubuntu-art] Kin "Piano" Progress

Ken Vermette vermette at gmail.com
Mon Aug 4 21:41:11 BST 2008

On Mon, Aug 4, 2008 at 12:50 AM, Ken Vermette <vermette at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey Everyone;
> I've been without an internet connection of my own for awhile, I've
> recently moved so I'm waiting to get hooked up.
> The Piano styling of Kin is still in the works, and some things are being
> modified due to Emerald Pixmap limitations, but it is looking very good,
> albut I had to remove the highlight on the top and bottom rims.
> Meat and Potatoes;
> What I'd really like to get at, is forming a Kin team to help unify
> Kin-Theme development and diversify styles. We have Kith, Slab, Tonic,
> Human2, Piano, Codname Plue and others; all being produced individually.
> They all have several styles in common, so if we could get the people that
> excel in their elements to work on what they do best - we could not only
> have a diverse collection, but one with truly complete themes instead of
> half-baked lemons.
> Realistically, what I could dedicate to any team that forms is I personally
> can create Emerald themes, from start-to-finish, and build Pixmap/SVG GTK
> elements. Anything that could be done with SVG, I could help style and
> concept.
> What we would need on the team, would be actual GTK theme programming
> (having several failed Kin GTK themes myself, I'm no good at it), Metacity
> programming (although Kin Tonic metacity has set an EXCELLENT standard for
> that, hopefully Tonic, I would like you to join the team). Additionally,
> anybody with experience is tweaking themes on a program-level would be good.
> In addition, bootsplash, logon pages and other interface elements could be
> done, aswell, I can help produce graphics for those.
> Going onto less-important assets (but assests nonetheless) we could also
> give gnome-games a facelift (I know I've already started a couple graphical
> tweaks for aislerot and a couple others), and other programs auch as Avant,
> Kiba, Gnome-Panel applets, KDE, Firefox, etc. Any program that either
> doesn't "fit" or looks outdated.
> I don't know how to setup launchpad or other sites a team could be
> established (unless I program a personal site, but I would prefer an already
> ubuntu-oriented website) but when I get a solid connection I could set one
> up, unless someone beats me to it (I get a connection on Wednsday, nudge
> nudge, wink wink)
> Lastly, as always, amazing work, everybody! All these themes are similar
> and unique. One way or another, if we create a pallet of themes and suite of
> components - it would be simple mix and match to maximize all of our themes
> unique potential, and we could establish the level of organization required
> to polish our themes.
> -Ken Vermette

An exceptionally rough screenshot. Currently the theme is a version of
Slickness being modified. The colours,toolbars, anything visible in the GTK
except the menubar are due for being updated to the Piano GTK. Buttons are
incomplete, and the bottom of the frames in Emerald are en-route (being


-Ken Vermette
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