[xwiki-devs] [VOTE] New default color theme for XE3.0

Ludovic Dubost ludovic at xwiki.com
Sat Mar 26 15:53:46 UTC 2011

I'm +1 for a new color theme.
I'm -1 for changing it on each release, because we need to have a bit of 
visual identity.

Currently I'm not overwhelmed by any of the proposals.
I think XWiki really needs a nice default "neutral" color theme that is 
simple and not aggressive in any way.
It should make people ok with having that as a public web site if they 
don't want to work on their own.
It should be simple and use usual colors to please the majority.

Right now the "grey" is too aggressive. Especially for the "Edit" menu 
bar. It generates a too big contrasts with the main color.
I'm in general not liking this menu bar more and more. It stands out too 
much and in my view would be better as buttons on a white background, 
which something making the "edit" button stands out more than the others.

Also the look is too "square" which makes it a bit aggressive too.

If we are going to change something we should go for:

- soft coloring
- make the menu bars integrate better, especially the "edit" one
- more rounding
- a bit of color fading (in the main logo bar)


Le 26/03/11 15:54, Sergiu Dumitriu a écrit :
> On 03/26/2011 03:45 PM, Sergiu Dumitriu wrote:
>> On 03/26/2011 03:24 PM, Jerome Velociter wrote:
>>> On Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 1:55 PM, Sergiu Dumitriu<sergiu at xwiki.com>  wrote:
>>>> Hi devs,
>>>> One thing that was neglected in the preparation of 3.0 is a fresh
>>>> default color theme for this new release cycle.
>>>> What I propose is to use by default a theme similar with the current
>>>> xwiki.org themes: dark grey menus and panel headers, and a lively
>>>> colored page header. Besides bringing a fresh look to the default
>>>> wiki, this combination has the advantage of having been used and
>>>> tested on xwiki.org for several months, so there will be no unpleasant
>>>> surprises (like wrong contrasts) coming with this change. Here are two
>>>> themes that follow this pattern, both having a stylish gradient as
>>>> header image:
>>>> - orange:
>>>> http://extensions.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/Extension/Soft+Orange+ColorTheme
>>>> - blue:
>>>> http://extensions.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/Extension/Soft+Blue+ColorTheme
>>>> My +1 goes for using the orange version as default color theme in 3.0.
>>> I'm definitely +1 for a new default color theme for the 3.0 cycle.
>> Even if it's not perfect, it's a starting point, and it shows something
>> fresh for 3.0.
>>> I'm afraid the two themes proposed still have two strong colors for
>>> menu background color / panel header background color. I think it will
>>> look odd on a dashboard for example.
>>> I'd like to see something less aggressive in this area, WDYT ?
>> Personally I don't find it too striking. Here's how it looks, and some
>> alternatives:
>> http://extensions.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/download/Extension/Soft+Blue+ColorTheme/softblue0.png
>> http://extensions.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/download/Extension/Soft+Blue+ColorTheme/softblue1.png
>> http://extensions.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/download/Extension/Soft+Blue+ColorTheme/softblue2.png
>>> Otherwise my vote would go for the blue proposition
> Here's an idea: for each (final) release of the 3.x cycle, we use a
> different color. Ciprian also has a green one already.

Ludovic Dubost
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