Minimum Suite

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I was wondering if I could design some really minimalist interface, without lots of effects, shiny stuff, etc... Here it is ;) I present you "Minimum", made using only contrast, and a few gradients :D It comes in Black and Black value reversed => White.

The archive contains :

- Minimum Black GTK Theme
- Minimum White GTK Theme
- Minimum Black Contrasted GTK Theme
- Minimum White Contrasted GTK Theme

- XFCE Black Windeco
- XFCE White Windeco
- XFCE Black Contrasted Windeco
- XFCE White Contrasted Windeco

- Metacity Black Windeco
- Metacity White Windeco
- Metacity Black Contrasted Windeco
- Metacity White Contrasted Windeco

- Gradient wallpapers


Have fun with it, download, try, comment, etc...
Last changelog:

10 years ago

01/06/09 : First encounter...
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01/15/09 : 2 contrasted version in Black and White are now available. The panel has been slightly reworked, so have the progressbars been. Added a small collection of Gradient wallpapers. The toolbars as also been reduced from 24x24 to 16x16 :)

dweller

10 years ago

Nice try, the contrasted white theme is somewhat easier to use. Good work with the progress bar.

I think there are still some minor problems regarding the contrast. Of course, this is a matter of taste.

- The scroll bars are still pretty much indistinguishable on the first glance. You have to search for them in order to find them.
- The same with the active tab. Maybe add a more distinctive border?

Anyway, thanks very much.

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JECHO

10 years ago

hey what engines does this theme use? i copied the folders into /usr/share/themes but nothing is showing up in the appearance prefs window so im assuming i dont have the correct engine installed.

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thibaut28

10 years ago

Well it uses only "pixmap" and "mist" engines, but it seems there are issues when using it on Ubuntu. But if it doesn't show up in the list, I don't think it's an engine problem. Did you unpack all the themes ? or just the big folder containing the 4 archives and the wallpaper folder ? Maybe check your installation and if it's not the problem, I'll help you further ;)

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JECHO

10 years ago

Yeah I'm not a noob with this stuff, I've been doing it for years. I know I'm installing it correctly but not sure why it's not working... I'll check what engines I have installed when I get a chance.

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seraphyn

10 years ago

But, did you plan a QT_Version, because i got some QT-Apps ( just k3b, krusader) and they look weird with this nice theme.
Or did you know a theme that fits with yours?

Greetings
Seraphyn

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thibaut28

10 years ago

Well I'll see if I can make something looking close to this under QT, maybe with QTCurve and an associated color scheme ;)

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seraphyn

10 years ago

So my ion3 will look close to My , and maybe some other users, basic idea how a desktop should look alike.
Greetings

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dweller

10 years ago

Good work, this is a very nice theme.

I agree that the white one should have a little more contrast: If you make the menu fonts black, and give a little more contrast to the scrollbars and the tabs, this is going to be perfect.

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JohnnyJu

10 years ago

hey i still like your dark version very much...

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seraphyn

10 years ago

This is Great, thanks for the nice work.
I like it like that, no glossy, no blingbling, fine.
Keep up the Good work

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thibaut28

10 years ago

Thanks a lot for the fav ;)

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2sev

10 years ago

Thank, your theme is quite good. Almost every control looks really cool. But.. It's very hard for me to look at this because of low contrast. Can you try to make some experiments with it, make some changes to colors? I suppose not only my eyes tire of colors like that. =]
Thanks.

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thibaut28

10 years ago

What about making an alternate version, where I would change the color of the font : Strong white for the darker, strong black for the whiter ?

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2sev

10 years ago

Well, I think it would be nice.

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someguydude

10 years ago

Yeah, it's threadbare and doesn't have a lot of glitz all over, but it's pretty fat. Wide scrollbars, big buttons, a lot of wasted space. Take a look at something like Clearlooks-Flat-Compact or Aurora-Compact.

The idea of a minimalist GTK theme is no wasted real estate, and unfortunately I see a lot here, although I -really- like where it's headed.

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thibaut28

10 years ago

Well well, here they are :

http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Aurora-compact?content=64792

http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Clearlooks-flat-compact?content=74918

I can't agree with you on the scrollbar, neither on the buttons. I don't know, just fire up twf and you'll see. That's the same. Plus, the size of the button depend of the font size. I think we don't have the same notion of what minimalism is. For me, this is this kind of thing :

http://fratrip.deviantart.com/art/Wobachi-Retro-102040644

http://fratrip.deviantart.com/art/Black-Wings-102693679



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someguydude

10 years ago

Tell me, though, what's inherently minimalist about that theme. That seems "minimalist" because it's on a desktop with no panels, no icons, no conky, no screenlets, and a blank wallpaper. The GTK itself is just lacking gradients and sharp contrasts.

The reason I brought up the compact versions of those themes is because that aids in minimalism. I'm an Arch/Openbox user that likes to have things as seamless as I can with as much real estate usable as possible. What you've done here is eliminate constrast and sharp edges, which is less "minimal" and more "eye-straining".

And as for TWF, all I know is that when I use Aurora Compact, Clearlooks compact, and a few others of the same ilk, buttons are smaller. This one has large 'uns. Also the toolbar row in the file manager is way bigger.

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thibaut28

10 years ago

Look, I don't really have the feeling this talk is leading anywhere...

My toolbar is definitly bigger, I guess 24x24 against 10x10 or something. You got that right, but what's the point anyway ? Minimalism notion isn't anything binary. This is not because your given examples are more minimalist (by your conviction) that this theme is not... Tell me, what do you want exactly ?
By my conviction something minimalist is something like you said without all the "glitz" around.

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someguydude

10 years ago

No I agree, and I really like the overall design here, it just has a lot of unused blank space and that's keeping me from using it full-time. I'm currently using the ASN Suite I found here (http://visionsofart.deviantart.com/art/ASN-SUITE-95339568), and I think a really compacted theme here would be pretty spot-on.

I didn't mean to come across like I was insulting ya or anything, on the contrary I never comment on themes I outright dislike, only the ones that I really like but would love to see one or two tweaks on.

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thibaut28

10 years ago

Well, I'll see if I can make a more compact version of this theme, taking ASN as a basis ;) Sorry for the misunderstanding...

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someguydude

10 years ago

It's all good, I came across as more abrasive than I meant to. My bad, there.

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SaikoBee

10 years ago

This is very nice looking. I actually imagined a theme similar to this recently and then I found this one. It needs a little more contrast for me to be usable, but very good!

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thibaut28

10 years ago

Thanks, the white theme needs a rework on the menu at least I think. I didn't updated the page, but I ported the Xfce windeco theme to Metacity, so now it's also possible to use it completly under gnome.

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SaikoBee

10 years ago

I use Xfce anyway.
I didn't try the theme, sorry. But it's definitely good. (I'm using one I made myself)

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JohnnyJu

10 years ago

i like the darker version! :)

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10 years ago

01/06/09 : First encounter...
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01/15/09 : 2 contrasted version in Black and White are now available. The panel has been slightly reworked, so have the progressbars been. Added a small collection of Gradient wallpapers. The toolbars as also been reduced from 24x24 to 16x16 :)

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