What do we need to create capable, beautiful KDE applications and workspaces?
I don't think we need
client side decorations or application buttons in the title bar. I don't think we need
pop-up bubble menus or pop-out drawers. I don't think we need
new custom widgets. I don't think we need
menus at the top of the screen or on the window title bar. I don't think any of those are bad ideas. I just don't think we need
any of them for great design.
How many times do we see a beautiful picture of the outdoors and are totally absorbed by it? Yet the building blocks are mostly the same: water, trees, mountains, sky, sun. In my view it's no different for our KDE applications and workspaces. Beyond the occasional visual refresh of the building blocks - UI widgets like checkboxes, buttons, lineedits and the like - what makes capable, beautiful UI design is how those building blocks come together to produce something wonderful to experience.
What we need is great layout design. What we need is shared knowledge about how to de-clutter without losing capability. What we need is great use of typography and pictures. What we need is a library of useful and elegant design patterns that any of us can call upon when designing our applications. None of these things need come from a design-dictator or some secret design-cabal. All of them can emerge from the community when we come together to expel design from the cathedral back into the bazaar.
We don't have to wait for new "solutions" to start creating great experiences. Come participate in the KDE Visual Design Group and help make capable, beautiful KDE applications and workspaces.
KDE Visual Design Group forum: http://goo.gl/PjJyts
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