Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Jan 2013 18:19 UTC
KDE I tend to believe that the best interfaces have already been made. Behaviourally, CDE is the best and most consistent interface ever made. It looked like ass, but it always did exactly as you told it to, and it never did anything unexpected. When it comes to looks, however, the gold standard comes from an entirely different corner - Apple's Platinum and QNX' PhotonUI. Between all the transparency, flat-because-it's-hip, and stitched leather violence of the past few years, one specific KDE theme stood alone in bringing the best of '90s UI design into the 21st century, and updating it to give everything else a run for its money. This is an ode to Christoph Feck's Skulpture.
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2013-01-02

Oxygen isn't a bad theme either, but somehow it just never felt professional enough, it didn't use space efficiently enough for me and I missed the classic desktop look, yet I still wanted to have a modern looking desktop, too. Skulpture is all of that for me, I'm not using it anymore, because KDE as a whole doesn't get out of my way enough and I actually love my Gnome3 setup today with lot's of extensions that made it possible and a nice theme. But the designer of Skulpture is a genius and a great guy, there's not much to improve about this theme, except for bug fixes maybe. I don't get why this theme didn't get even more traction and isn't the default KDE theme at least in some distros. I guess the KDE project idolizing Oxygen when it first came out makes it hard for them to assess different options. What makes Skulpture great in my opinion is that it embraces rectangular shapes, where other themes try to be smoother and rounder than everyone else or they try to make everything web2.0 style. The fact is, windows on X up to this day are rectangles for the most part, instead of trying to create the illusion that everything is modern and spacy, Skulpture opts for a classical robust look, which is visually pleasing and art if you will.
Now I'm using a Gnome theme which couldn't be more different from Skulpture, which is spacy and web2.0 looking, but it somehow manages to remain professional enough for my taste and the subtle colors don't abuse my eyes either, so I guess, you can make great art with both approaches.
All I'm saying is KDE users should try Skulpture for a while and distros should at least look into including it as an option.

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