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I think I agree with @alfredzharoff, oldschool buttons and knobs are the way to go. My pick would be:

 

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when i think of good ui, i think of rts

i couldn't find any outstanding ones, but this one is closest:

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C&C or Red Alert would work too, but could not find any good

 

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this one also has something going for it:

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1 hour ago, platinumICE said:

when i think of good ui, i think of rts

i couldn't find any outstanding ones, but this one is closest:

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C&C or Red Alert would work too, but could not find any good

 

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this one also has something going for it:

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Song's done. 

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"You don't get to bring friends."

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I think it's become clear to me, having spent about an hour on that site, that your choice of colors is really quite restricted if you're looking to style the entire OS.

If you're looking for something that would be easy to read, functional, universally appealing and that you wouldn't get tired of quickly, you're left with white (or shades of gray) for backgrounds and blue for accent colors. That's because black text on white backgrounds is generally easier to read & better for comprehension. As for accent colors, green is probably out as red-green is the most common type of color blindness. What are we left with then? Yellows? Purples?

So I guess it's no surprise that some of the better-looking ones tend to borrow heavily from OS X.

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41 minutes ago, voojagig said:

That's because black text on white backgrounds is generally easier to read & better for comprehension.

white text on black backgrounds just feels HEAVY to me and i feel like i'm partially being blinded by it, and personally it drives me insane to have pure white and i always go for a more grey-ish color instead

 

also i generally like white themes more since, not only do i find them less tiring to look at, but, i honestly find dark themes a bit, moody and depressing

 

but i'm probably a heretic

 

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6 minutes ago, RaTcHeT302 said:

white text on black backgrounds just feels HEAVY to me and i feel like i'm partially being blinded by it, and personally it drives me insane to have pure white and i always go for a more grey-ish color instead

 

also i generally like white themes more since, not only do i find them less tiring to look at, but, i honestly find dark themes a bit, moody and depressing

 

but i'm probably a heretic

 

 

Yeah, white on black always looks hopelessly fuzzy and a pain to read even on lowest brightness to me. That's the number one reason I sign up to forums -- just to be able to switch themes. Doesn't help here though haha

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3 hours ago, voojagig said:

I think it's become clear to me, having spent about an hour on that site, that your choice of colors is really quite restricted if you're looking to style the entire OS.

If you're looking for something that would be easy to read, functional, universally appealing and that you wouldn't get tired of quickly, you're left with white (or shades of gray) for backgrounds and blue for accent colors. That's because black text on white backgrounds is generally easier to read & better for comprehension. As for accent colors, green is probably out as red-green is the most common type of color blindness. What are we left with then? Yellows? Purples?

So I guess it's no surprise that some of the better-looking ones tend to borrow heavily from OS X.

I've come to a similar conclusion actually, the skin I'm working with someone to make for Windowblinds will be borrowing heavily from the "Bluecurve" theme for Gnome on Linux back in the early 2000s.  I disagree with pure white though, I think that come across as a bit eye-searing, but maybe my monitor's a bit bright.

 

That said, some of the dark themes people have posted here look very compelling and I think could work also with enough support software to ensure you're very rarely blinded by bright content.

 

I'll try to be pretty open minded for the competition however, and will be leaning towards the stuff that just strikes me as looking great within the first second or two of looking at it.

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I rather like the pipboy 2000 one, but back when i used winamp i just had a clean generic layout. I had it minimised most of the time, and MSN messenger plus could read winamp and list my song in my status. those were the days.

 

I guess discord can do that with spotify now!

 

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 I'd rather like a deus ex themed OS personally. I had a system shock 2 themed windows xp back in the day and it was rather delightful, even had Xerxes voice clips for system sounds. I know its not from the linked site, i couldnt find it on there, but i knew it existed.

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5 minutes ago, LordOwlet said:

I rather like the pipboy 2000 one, but back when i used winamp i just had a clean generic layout. I had it minimised most of the time, and MSN messenger plus could read winamp and list my song in my status. those were the days.

 

I guess discord can do that with spotify now!

 

Dang, wish I'd found that one. That's a really cool skin.

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The erosion/decay being taken over by roots and leaves jumped out at me for this one. It's a little busy looking, but if done right, I think it could stand out from more more minimalistic themes without becoming too distracting.

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