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Re: [Design]: Color changes in OTA 10


On 04/11/2016 01:42 PM, Peter Bittner wrote:
After some days with OTA-10 I must admit I have a hard time accepting
light-blue is the new orange.

I was immediately struck with the same thought, but didn't say anything for two reasons:

The blue color in the indicator menus was explained to be a bug due to misusing the color theme names, and so I expected it to change back after a week or so.

After that didn't happen and the new palette was announced, I thought it was only reasonable to take some time to get used to it.

Frankly, I haven't gotten used to it at all. It's out of place and doesn't match any of the colors, which tend toward brand orange (which seems to have changed over the past six months) and various warm greys. And because most of the apps were designed with this in mind, the indicators and OSK look really, really jarring and out of place. They're bright in a way the orange never was.

As much as I appreciate the clear, deliberate work that was made in defining the new palette, I think this was a major misstep. It doesn't look like Ubuntu, and doesn't match the design sensibilities of the desktop, either. And that's the worst thing: I don't use Ubuntu on my Nexus 7 very often because it's not terribly useful. (I expect this to change rapidly with convergence and the rebase on snappy.) But I absolutely don't want these colors on my desktop in 16.10. They're jarring and unsettling.

The indicator colors insofar as they match the blues, greens, and reds of the desktop are fine. But as accent colors for toggle switches and slider bars, they make the OS look *really* unprofessional. The only thing missing now are yellow and purple and we'll have every single color in the system theme.

I'm happy to offer suggestions or let the Design Team do what they usually do best. But I hope there's an opportunity to revisit the design spec here.

Nathan Haines
Ubuntu - http://www.ubuntu.com/

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