Experimental Theme Mockup
2007-06-07 5 Comments
There are complaints about Ubuntu’s theming again and again. While I don’t think the default in Feisty is horrible, I don’t think it’s good, either. Colour perspective is an important reason for the prevalence of blue backgrounds. Orange jumps to the front, making Ubuntu look “full” and even “loud”.
So I played with warm but rather subtle tones, textures and various ideas in the details.
The shadows are not the same size for every window, but stepped according to z-order for a stronger sense of depth. This means the top window casts a larger shadow on the desktop.
Making no distinction between title and menu / tool bar means that any empty space there should act like the title bar does now. This is the reason why I clearly show the menu are on the browser window.
The size column of the browser has bars representing file size, where the full width is mapped to the largest file. With a very large file and several much smaller files, the only info this would provide is the distinction large / small, but even then it might be useful. It should work best in folders filled with similar files, like image or music collections.
Click on the thumbnails for full size images (1280 x 1024)
EDIT: Since this still gets many hits, I would like to point to more recent work
Experimental Theme Mockup 5