Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jun 2012 23:16 UTC
Windows Paul Thurrot and Rafael Rivera have some good shots of the new theme for classic applications in windows 8. Looking pretty good - too bad Microsoft didn't come up with a new icon set as well. Still, white window borders with a white taskbar and these new widgets and flat appearance... Nice.
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RE[2]: It sucks
by WereCatf on Fri 15th Jun 2012 15:22 UTC in reply to "RE: It sucks"
WereCatf
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I think they have confused minimalism with blandness.

It also hurts my eyes, looking into a bright white lightbulb is not my idea of a good time.


Indeed. It is certainly possible to create minimalistic, clean themes while still retaining clarity and visual attractiveness, it just requires some basic understanding of interface design and visual acuity. Also, removing *all* depth from the theme is leaping tens of years backwards in interface design; subtle shadows, gradients and 3D-depth is used to signal e.g. importance of elements or interactivity of such.

Since I'm much more used to GTK+/GNOME I'll provide a few links to themes that are quite simple yet which I personally really like a lot: http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/GrayRevenge?content=137790 , http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Elements?content=145920 and http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Zukitwo?content=140562

I am certain there are good examples of simple, clean and pleasing themes in the KDE-camp, too, I just haven't used KDE much and thus I haven't been perusing the selection of such yet.

As for Win8's theme: it is not likely Microsoft will alter the theme in a positive direction any more, there is a clear desire to draw people to use Metro and thereby Windows Store and thus creating an attractive theme for the traditional desktop runs counter to that desire. One can only hope that it can be customized with e.g. Stardock Windowblinds.

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