Marguerite Su wrote:
I just wanna share some of _my_ feelings off topic, maybe I didn't
follow the trends all over the internet tight, but:
1. Do you think we are going too far about the color usage?
I know there's trend about flat icons/ low contrast colors that use
something between blue and green for example.
But are we turning our heads too fast? eg: we're using a strong
constrast colorscheme (black/green) in 13.1, and "light colors"
everywhere in 13.2 which all look like "white" on low resolution
screens and dim backlights?
For mobile devices/print materials, it may looks good because the
backlights on them are stronger/the resolution is higher, light
icons/colors are distinguishable and can help to protect eyes. But not
all computers are products from Apple/Samsung with good color
calibration, such colorschemes may look "low" and not impressive
enough to be icons (if I can't distinguish them from white, how can I
click them), and such colors all look like something with a white
Take the green for example:
1.1 how do we distinguish openSUSE from Linux Mint now?
To me: Mint was lighter green while openSUSE was darker green.
1.2 how do we distinguish openSUSE from Chakra now?
To me: Chakra was light blue and openSUSE was green.
But now things changed.
2. Do you think we use too much "lines" and "flowers" on our default
Well that "abstract" style is actually good, but we're not creative
enough. see these wallpapers:
It gave me the feeling that we care too much about "professional"
instead of "creative".
We are artists, and openSUSE is a community distribution. see what
Ubuntu did these years:
Don't you think it means a lot for us to catch up?
There's a saying goes here in my local community:
How newbies judge a distribution? 99% of them just see its wallpaper.
Do you really think this:
is far bettter than:
I do seriously think this time we should bring "something" because we
are not that urgent than before.
My impression is that the images that we have presented so far do lack
complexity. That is across all the ones that we have presented so far.
Complexity in an image means that the artist has used his/her craft to
present higher level of graphic work into a simple and understandable
I think maybe that we are a little caught up by the idea that a nice
gradient will do the job of designing more concrete elements. I think we
should push ourselves into making something a little more out of the box
and something that requires more time. I get the impression that our
work so far is something we can produce in a day and don't touch again.
An artist takes time with their productions, works on it until it
provides a sense of completeness.
Maybe we should all take a second look at the work we have done so far
and work on modifying and making the designs stronger.
On the subject of differentiation from other Linux distributions, I am
not sure that we are being original enough or that we actually need to
be more original than we are now. I say this because design is something
that goes beyond color. While we can have a similar palette for what
Chakra and Mint are, the real deal-breaker for me is that we use the
same icons, same themes, same fonts, etc. We take things vanilla and we
put in a pinch of color that happens to match other distros.
However, what I am implying here goes beyond what most designers can do,
that is to develop and produce code that will change the looks on the
distribution and that, I don't know that we can actually execute. So it
may sound conformist, but until we have a programmer that has a focus on
design, we might have to settle to only changing colors and wallpapers
on the distribution.
On Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 3:52 AM, Andres Silva<anditosan1000(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Marguerite Su wrote:
>> I modified default oxygen inode-directory.svgz to match the
>> colorscheme Ken pasted in the other thread, talk is cheap:
>> so any suggestions?
> I love how the icons are done. I believe it looks great. What I think needs
> help is the color scheme of the file manager window hehe. I would lighten
> that up.
> Something along these lines.
> Andy (anditosan)
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