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#1 2016-04-15 06:46:40

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Ideas for a Visual Refresh

We're talking long term, we're not shocking the monkey here, but let's get some ideas and feedback.

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#2 2016-04-15 06:59:32

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

With that wallpaper and that much alpha transparency, I'd go for higher contrast: darker background (as dark as you can go and keep the gtk theme usable) and brighter text.  Might also consider a heavier font for easier readability.


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#3 2016-04-15 07:03:04

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

It looks lush but I can't help but think that this flat fad will date quickly once it goes out of fashion.

At the moment though, flat is where it's at...


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#4 2016-04-15 07:38:19

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

I am fine with the current theme. It's grey, though not too pessimistic and has that legacy opaque look. I agree with HoaS that the flat fad is allover the place and will eventually come to pass smile.


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#5 2016-04-15 11:52:11

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

Then it'll be back to skeuomorphism with gradients and shadows and whatever else? Or Material Design?


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#6 2016-04-15 23:52:45

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

Lol!

I ride a single-speed bike, a have facial hair and I use flat themes and transparency. I guess I'm a hipster.

-edit- OK, so too radical a change. Us devs had talked earlier about slowly introducing accent colo(u)rs into our default theme (selection highlight color, wallpaper logo, conky and clock color, for example), what do y'all think of that idea? It's easy enough to do on one's own but it would be even easier if I just did it.

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#7 2016-04-16 00:37:31

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

I don't mind the OB/GTK themes we are using, although I personally like a slate-blue, and Paper icons. But I would be very keen on moving away from the #! grey background monotony - it is kind of elegant in its way, but too much grey is kind of...grey.

The slideshow on the BL homepage shows what some bright colours can do smile

If there was just a variety of highlight colour choices that could make the themeing easy. And maybe scriptable? It may just take an awk or sed to swap colours in a basic theme, so you could do

bl-themechange --blue

or someone might like

bl-themechange --ponypink

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#8 2016-04-16 01:48:03

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

Good idea damo, this is something I'd like to work on.

And ponypink should be the name of our next release.

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#9 2016-04-16 01:51:09

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

I like the grey. And while the current theme isn't 'flat' it's not glossy or skeuomorphic, or ... ostentatious. It's out of the way. I think that's what I love about it. It's clean, but not so clean that it's making a point about it. It's unobtrusive but not bland. I dunno. I'm not sure we need a refresh yet, and if we do, I hope the current theme sticks around as an option.

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#10 2016-04-16 02:07:42

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

Some of us have talked about eventually moving away from the Crunchbang visual legacy. It wouldn't happen before BL Helium, although @hhh et al will likely be churning new themes out hand over fist in the meantime!


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#11 2016-04-16 03:15:40

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#12 2016-04-16 04:26:43

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

...and I use a complementary "Paper Slate" icon set  cool

You should have a link on your dA page:  "+ Add to a Group". Click on that and then submit it to the BL group (for approval by an admin  devil )

EDIT: it looks like anyone can submit it. The button is active for me anyway.

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#13 2016-04-16 04:38:35

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

>Sorry, you do not have permission to submit artwork to this group.

@damo, I've sent a request to join the group 'bunsenlabs', keyword 'Godzilla'.

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#14 2016-04-16 04:52:38

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

hhh wrote:

>Sorry, you do not have permission to submit artwork to this group.

@damo, I've sent a request to join the group 'bunsenlabs', keyword 'Godzilla'.

Membership should be auto-approved - I guess you can then submit artwork.

PS You are a member smile

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#15 2016-04-16 04:53:35

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

Yes, Blue is now Pending Approval. I'll submit the others now.

-edit- Done. http://bunsenlabs.deviantart.com/galler … Wallpapers

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#16 2016-04-16 04:59:29

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

All done smile I put one in "Featured".

Very disappointed about the lack of a ponypink one though cry


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#17 2016-04-16 05:40:28

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

Into each life a little rain must fall, my friend.

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#18 2016-04-16 06:03:04

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

... But too much is falling in mine.


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#19 2016-04-16 06:24:08

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

Sorry, buddy! Remember, no pain no gain. A strong body and mind can endure and overcome anything.

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#20 2016-04-16 06:48:24

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#21 2016-04-16 07:10:58

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

@hhh, I see you're balancing the amount of flatness big_smile.

damo's theme seemed very attractive to me. It has that strong MS-DOS/Electrobody legacy look, yet introduces some flatness as well.

On a sidenote, BL's great theming was one of the things that brought me to BunsenLabs initially smile. Pure Debian requires too many adjustments to me.

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#22 2016-04-16 14:17:56

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

^^ Nice combo's


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#23 2016-04-17 04:04:09

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

Great topic @hhh - things look very interesting down the road...

Just as long as:

MrDowntempo wrote:

I hope the current theme sticks around as an option.

I really like things the way they are too, to be honest. As long as us graphic conservatives are also catered for it's all good.


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#24 2016-04-17 15:53:55

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

hhh wrote:

Us devs had talked earlier about slowly introducing accent colo(u)rs into our default theme

... as long as you leave the current theme available as an option. Apparently I'm not the only one taken by it smile

EDIT

... that being said, I like the flat look, transparency and accent colours hhh presented. I could very easily see the red option on my own desktop, with something like 90% transparency.

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#25 2016-04-17 23:17:35

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Re: Ideas for a Visual Refresh

I love these choices, I'm particularly keen on the yellow accent. It looks good on the site and forum themes here as well. Might be good for the BunsenLabs identity, to differentiate it from #!'s love of grey (but I do love grey as well).


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