Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 20:43 UTC, submitted by kragil
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical has unveiled a complete branding overhaul, redesigning everything from the Ubuntu website to its logos and marketing material. However, what interests me more are the new Gtk+ themes, and even then, I'm not interested in the colour choices and the like. No - what stood out to me right away was not the theme itself - but the placement of the titlebar widgets.
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RE[2]: Not an overhaul
by Glynser on Thu 4th Mar 2010 14:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Not an overhaul"
Glynser
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2007-11-29

Maybe it's beautiful, but it's not very usable*. Many widgets can't be clearly differentiated from each other. Some people might be willing to get used to it (because they like the looks), but it's nothing for the masses. It reminds me of the many WinAmp skins, they place nice pictures behind the GUI, but the GUI itself becomes hardly existent.

* from a pure usability point of view

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RE[3]: Not an overhaul
by shawnjgoff on Fri 5th Mar 2010 04:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Not an overhaul"
shawnjgoff Member since:
2008-05-02

"Hardly existant" is the whole point. For me, there is too much visual clutter with most themes. The flatter, less gradient-y themes remove that clutter and make the content that I'm actually working on stand out and the operating system dissappear.

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RE[4]: Not an overhaul
by Glynser on Fri 5th Mar 2010 07:45 in reply to "RE[3]: Not an overhaul"
Glynser Member since:
2007-11-29

I agree, a GUI should really be "hardly existant" so that you don't notice it really; I also hate gradients and glowy/glossy stuff. But in the above example, many widgets didn't even have a border, which is the wrong kind of "hardly existant" for me ;)

The second example is really better. Personally, I think the Windows 95 GUI was the cleanest GUI that I ever used. Under Gnome, I use a customized version of "Raleigh" (only the colors are customized a bit) for the widgets and a CDE-lookalike for the window borders.

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