[ubuntu-art] Who's Vague Direction (WAS mac-unt-ista?)
Troy James Sobotka
troy.sobotka at gmail.com
Fri May 9 10:59:23 BST 2008
> Specifically the awesome Rueben theme
> Anyone wanting to work in this vague direction?
Reuben has many elements to like. In no particular order:
1) The linework is much closer to some notion of elegant. In
particular, the patented Tango heavy outlines are avoided. It is easy
to suggest that the technique lends itself to words such as 'elegant',
'delicate', and 'sophisticated'. Contrast that with the other interface
elements that are prevalent in nearly every GTK theme -- which are far
closer to 'heavy' and 'clunky'.
2) Patterned window top border can be quite classy as well as extremely
un-Vista and un-OSX. Plus one for originality and effectiveness.
3) Reuben actually gives attention to a palette, albeit yet again
dwelling in the monochromatic. Given the name, it wouldn't be pure
speculation that the tonal range is working to evoke a sense of high
art. The filigree furthers that. Probably reminiscent of Victorian
4) The typography works wonderfully. Both the font and weight fit
within the direction of the styling.
It would be wonderful to see something fleshed out further with an
Ubuntu-centric feel. In terms of 'cons' maybe:
1) Background image is monotonous.
2) Palette needs to be strengthened away from monochromatic feel. The
still image in the screenshot certainly helps to balance the feel, but
alas, the hues aren't a part of the basic theme.
3) Harmonize the window decoration grabber bar with the thematics of the
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