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a familiar color scheme

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Looking at the new nuxified theme with its modern colors, I suddenly had a feeling of deja vu. Notice the slightly darker blue border on the light blue area on the nuxified front page, the purple-ish background color which also appears in some buttons in the screenshot, the light yellowish/salmonish color...

I guess soon we'll see other parts of user interfaces than colors become more like it too?

Oh, and to quote from a comment to that old screenshot:

libervisco wrote:

I also don't find this interface pretty and may not maybe even understand the joy of all that is beneath it, but we gotta have an open mind. There must be something in there, surely enough for it not to be called "junk".

(emphasis mine)

Hmm... I wonder who designed the new, pretty nuxified interface?

current mood: extremely amused

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I actually laughed out loud

I actually laughed out loud when I realized what you're talking about. I mean that's a good catch! Laughing out loud But believe it or not I never even looked at that Plan 9 screenshot since I started a redesign so this is all on accident. I just experimented with it and ended up putting that border for mere decoration and maybe adding some further depth to the theme. Smiling

Cheers!

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Maybe the odd screenshot

Maybe the odd screenshot did make an impression on you, and the choice of colors got in by subconscious processes... Or maybe these just happen to be good colors. From the Plan 9 FAQ:

Rob Pike wrote:

The clean appearance of the screen comes mostly from laziness, but the color scheme is (obviously) deliberate. The intent was to build on an observation by Edward Tufte that the human system likes nature and nature is full of pale colors, so something you're going to look at all day might best serve if it were also in relaxing shades. Renee French helped me with the specifics of the color scheme (she's a professional illustrator and my color vision is suspect), once I'd figured out how I wanted it to look. There are still some features of the color system that I put in that I think no one has ever noticed. That's a good thing, in my opinion; the colors should fade away, if you'll pardon the expression.

Having used other systems with different approaches to color screens, most especially Windows XP (extra pukey), I think Tufte was right.

For the curious: Rob Pike, Renée French, Edward Tufte.

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That's what I was thinking,

That's what I was thinking, but then I didn't really outright come up with this sort of color scheme. I tried a few before (although, actually, yellowish was in the first revision of that front page "recent topics" section)..

About pale colors being good, that's the thinking I'm following all along, which is why I'm almost compulsively scared of using sharp colors on the web. However this is still much better than the pale gray and blue we had before. Yellow makes it look a bit happier and friendlier, but it being pale makes it sufficiently non-distracting.

Cheers. Smiling

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