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Broader Colour Spectrum


Ubuntu's identity has been defined by orange, yellow, and brown, and I think it should continue to do so despite the usual cravings for "blue/MacOS-like" desktops by some users. What I do think should be changed is the complete lack of other colours. Just because the focus is on warm earthy colours it doesn't mean we have to exclude blue, green, red, black, purple, etc. from our desktops. I'm thinking in particular about the icons here, which are almost entirely orange. I contest that an inherent lack of colours is just as boring as just using blue like KDE<4, Mac OS, and Windows. What do you think about this? -- SimonGray DateTime(2007-09-24T13:02:34Z)


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  • I agree with SimonGray about the icons being very orange. In particular, the existing Emblems in Nautilus are orange to the point of being incomprehensible in comparison to the GNOME icons. Perhaps making them larger would help, as well, but I know colours are used to differentiate between objects; if everything is orange, it takes more work to tell the difference between one thing and another, and this is particularly difficult with tiny little emblems. -- DylanMccall DateTime(2007-09-24T14:59:49Z)

  • I second this, namely, the need to have a variety of colors in the emblems. Couple of heron skin textures available here: and here: -- LituusLimacon Sep 24 2007, 10:26 PM

  • I agree, the way the current human theme sticks so rigidly to the "you can have any colour as long as it's brown" idea is getting a bit dated, it just looks muddy at the moment. The icons especially need a serious look. I will put together a revised colour palette to show you how I think we could improve it. -- Kidproquo DateTime(2007-09-30T03:37:49Z)

  • I know Mark Shuttleworth has been a big fan of the brown and orange color theme. IIRC it's supposed to reflect the colors of people. But after thinking about this, I realized that we don't tend to think of our computers as people, but as places or environments. Our environments usually reflect the colors of our planet: brown, green, blue, and white. Brown and orange, on the other hand, reminds me of a polluted city. Blue is overdone, I'll admit, but I'd like to see some green or purple worked into the theme. Maybe the colors could be brown, orange, and yellow for the fall releases and brown, green, and purple for the spring releases. Wink ;) -- TomOldani DateTime(2007-10-08T14:33:52Z)

  • Interesting Idea TomOldani, But whose spring/autumn? Northern Hemisphere or Southern?

  • I'm personally in favour of keeping within the brown range, but moving towards the golden end of the spectrum (like the lion claar wallpaper), and keeping it fresh by using a wider range of colours in the icons and emblems. Also, a lot more white (and to a lesser degree back) for contrast -- Kidproquo DateTime(2007-10-08T21:37:32Z)

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