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From Nicholas Kwiatkowski <nicho...@spoon.as>
Subject Re: [IDEAS] Flex: New user interface design
Date Sat, 25 Feb 2012 19:52:52 GMT
My thoughts are -- it depends on the application.

The existing themes are great if you are doing a lot of forms based
'screens'.  I don't have a designer on my team, and I most likely never
will get one.  My apps are used by professions that like good usability and
a good clean layout -- that is one thing some of the existing themes give.

Separating them out and making them easily accessible is not a bad idea,
but removing them -- I'd vote against hat.

-Nick

On Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 1:11 PM, David Francis Buhler <davidbuhler@gmail.com
> 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. 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.
>
> 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.
>
> 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.
>
> [1]  http://kuler.adobe.com/
>
> On Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 12:20 PM, Martin Heidegger <mh@leichtgewicht.at
> >wrote:
>
> > On 23/02/2012 17:59, Haykel BEN JEMIA wrote:
> >
> >> I think the first step should be to create new skins for the current
> Spark
> >> components. Designers could make designs for them (ideally using a tool
> >> that enables export to FXG like Illustrator) and then developers can
> >> create
> >> skins out of them.
> >>
> >> Haykel
> >>
> >
> > Doesn't necessarily be a design for flex: Here i found some nice
> > inspiration[1]. A *fictional*
> > Windows 8 user interface - very nice :)
> >
> > yours
> > Martin.
> >
> > [1] http://www.theverge.com/2012/**2/24/2822891/windows-desktop-**
> > ui-concept<
> http://www.theverge.com/2012/2/24/2822891/windows-desktop-ui-concept>
> >
>

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