[ubuntu-art] Theme Update
a.laignel at ukdotcafe.com
Sun Jan 6 14:50:26 GMT 2008
Ken Vermette wrote:
> I like the way you've used the brown and made it feel very light.
> Also, the way elements will use two tones of brown is very appealing.
> The first impression when I look at the theme though, is that it's
> looking at what else looks good - and patches all these looks
> together. In the end, individually all the pieces look good on their
> own, but the theme itself looks a like patchwork.
Yeah, I tend to do something that looks good but doesn't work. Needs a
step back to realise that it needs to get the chop. Candycain is gone
now as is button gloss, textured title bar (I liked it but it didn't fit
> What the theme really needs (in my personal opinion) is some basic or
> structure to go by, more consistency.
> For example, something like the outlines. Here's the different styles
> I've counted in the lines alone:
> - 2px, dark brown (Active Window)
> - 1px, dark brown (Inactive Window)
> - 1px black (Panels)
> - 1px light brown (Dropdown, inner content-box)
> - 1px gray (panel inactive window)
> You have gray, black, several shades of brown... The outlines could
> technically work - but there's no real pattern to it. There's two drop
> downs and while everything else is identical about them, they have 2
> styles of outline... It's just what looks best for each individual
> element. Try making some sort of pattern or structure for it like you
> had before, for example, heres some possible rules:
You do have a point in some of the cases - I've redone it with an eye to
balancing out the colours. I kinda discarded the palette and went with
what looked good as finding browns that would work are a nightmare. I
actually liked the 2px border on the active window, but too many people
hated it for it to keep :(
The subwindow dropdown has to have a lighter colour than the main system
menu or it overpowers everything. The inactive panel window is just the
main window at 80% opacity and without the darkening on the controls -
it should be identical apart from that.
I've done an update - at the usual place. Sorry to hear about your
laptop too :(
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