A modern refresh to the Human look utilizing the best aspects of various engines. This truly creates an original asthetically pleasing desktop theme. The theme is dark, but just dark enough to contrast with the bg_color adding subtle hints of orange/peach. This stays true to the Ubuntu look using some of the past favorite colors with a new twist. Clean and something you have not seen before.
I have been theming for quite some time and have come to the conclusing that for us (Ubuntu) to do something different we must 1) develope an entirely new engine or 2) Use the best of what is currently available engine-wise. I chose the latter because of of the time and effort required to code a new engine. This theme requires heavily on the murrine engine as it by far the most polished. Although, murrine quite polished there a few aspects it can not accomplish. I am using the pixmap-engine for a truly unique dimensional scrollbar look with a themeable through desighn( a light peach colored gradient) with custom steppers. Downfall is the scrollbar color, stepper, and through are always the same color. The next engine I chose to implement was the nodoka engine. I have done some work with this engine (Nodoka Dust) and the results are quite nice. There are dimensional through details on the progressbars and a nice gradient on the notebook tab with a dark line on top (previously available via murrine).
This theme has been largely inspired by the Dust Theme, which I had the pleasure to have my recent murrine chages comitted to trunk. There are elements of DarkRoom utilizing the dark brown of the theme. The Human inspirations are the obvious subtle hints of orange/peach. The toolbar uses gradients to give a dimensional feel. The button prelight are using a light orange gradient which go nicely with the theme. Imagine this as a rebirth of Kin, Kith, Didymous, Human, Dust, and DarkRoom all together in one theme.
The metacity is a complete refresh from my original Hanso metacity. There is a subtle peach/orange gradient add to the bottom_edge of the metacity which adds a bit of flair. All four corners are rounded and the titlebar has a dark gradient.
Issues/Call for Feedback
The panel is not complete as I am waiting for response from the community. Macrvr recommened a transparent panel, which I have yet to design a feasible one. The issue is one that appeared in the Human theme in the last cycle or two when trying to customize the theme. This may not be an issue as there are only so many colors that will blend with the metacity / scrollbars. I am using murrine's engine default to draw the panel, but suggestions are welcomed.
Source : Launchpad
This theme utilizes the latest murrine engine 0.90.3, pixmap, and nodoka.