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From David Francis Buhler <>
Subject Re: [IDEAS] Flex: New user interface design
Date Sun, 26 Feb 2012 02:19:35 GMT
colorschemedesigner uses the same approach as Johannes Itten's color
theory, suggesting the use of various percentages of complementary colors,
which is an improvement over Kuler. Pretty Cool.

On Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 1:52 PM, Martin Heidegger <>wrote:

> On 26/02/2012 03:11, David Francis Buhler wrote:
>> My own personal preference would be to remove the current themes (both MX
>> and Spark) from the SDK. This includes the Cobalt theme, Zen theme, etc. I
>> would stick with the "Wireframe" theme for Spark controls.
> Not remove: extract to a public component and theme repository. ;)
>  In doing so, we remove the obvious visual impression of a "Flex
>> Application", and
>> encourage the use of Flex/AIR apps that look like part of their native
>> environment (FaceBook, Android, iOS, Windows 8, etc.). Most developers
>> take
>> short-cuts and use one of the existing themes when building a product for
>> their client, and unintentionally give the impression of a hodgepodge of
>> technologies that prevent the impression of product cohesion. Removing the
>> Cobalt theme, Zen theme, and other themes would discourage this practice
>> of
>> use-what-i-found.
> Many people use a framework because it gives immediate results. I think
> its an awesome
> and important place to start from. That being said: the current things you
> get when you use Flex are
> rusty. They used to look good some years ago. Time passed and fresh
> designs are very in need.
> Also a "button" is and a "datagrid" are nice things. But it wouldn't hurt
> to have tools for more
> custom designs available too.
>  If companies have designers, they're better off with a tool like Martin
>> suggests then they are with existing Themes. Moreover, the existing themes
>> confuse designers (with the MX and Spark namespaces, the inability to
>> understand each and every style property, or the overwhelming number of
>> properties available). If companies don't have designers, they're better
>> off sticking with Wireframe theme until they do.
> i think I never thought so strict. But you are right: The properties are
> overwhelming indeed.
>  Incidentally, I'd love to see a tool that generates themes from a
>> user-defined base color, with the palette generation of complimentary,
>> monochromatic or triad colors, similar to Kuler.
> Kuler is nice, somehow I like colorschemedesigner [1] more, but anyways: I
> like the thought
> of defining things by "scheme" rather than "concrete". Contrast levels
> etc. Sure opens some
> nice possibilities - worth investigating?
> yours
> Martin.
> [1] http://colorschemedesigner.**com/ <>

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